KURA boss says application of Artificial Intelligence will help tame traffic in Nairobi

The number of vehicles on the roads has increased tremendously due to rapid urbanization in the Kenyan capital city of Nairobi. Today, Nairobi is one of the busiest cities in the world.

Silas Kinoti, Director General of the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (KURA), said the intellectual infrastructure was helping to further connect transport networks in an effort to find ways to enhance the experience of everyone on the road.

He said Kenya would try to emulate their foreign rivals, such as Germany, to launch the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) to optimize traffic light control and reduce waiting time at intersections.

“There are real-world projects around the world and applications are constantly expanding. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is crucial to assisting us with data that can identify invisible patterns without AI. Through continuous practice, we are able to update traffic patterns from time to time and thereby reduce traffic flow and lower emissions. Leads.Kinoti mentioned

Road traffic monitoring involves the collection of data describing vehicles and their movements through road networks. Such data can be used for one of these purposes, such as enforcing the law, detecting congestion and events, and increasing road efficiency.

Roads in Nairobi account for more than 60 percent of the more than two million registered vehicles, resulting in stretches of traffic miles.

According to Kinoti, technology plays a big role in curbing traffic nightmares, which is mainly dependent on the traffic police.

“Kura is an expert in Intelligent Traffic System (ITS), for example the Yaya Center, where we have cameras, signals and sensors at all junctions. They identify junctions with high traffic and need more time to keep traffic through the junction, ”he said.

In November 2020, President Uhuru Kenyatta called for redesigning and signaling 25 new intersections, setting up 100 new road junctions and building a new Traffic Management Control Center for a wider area.

“The control center will use traffic cameras and sensors and coordinate location data to provide a synchronized signal at 100 new junctions in addition to existing traffic lights,” the president confirmed.

Traffic management plays a key role in solving many social problems. It is effective in helping governments to make driving safer, reduce pollution, increase walking efficiency and update existing infrastructure.

The Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority has released a report stating that Kenya could lose up to $ 1 billion a year in the loss of productivity of vehicles involved in traffic. Nairobi is ranked as the fourth busiest city in the world.

According to the report, the average travel time in the city is 57 minutes. This is due to the lack of a scheduled public transport system and the lack of an extensive non-motorized transport network.

Other causes of Nairobi congestion and traffic jams are double parking, illegal bus stages and the use of private cars as public service vehicles.

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