AI to end future jams caused by roadworks

Navigational apps powered by Artificial Intelligence could soon help drivers to plan their trips without the fear of getting stuck in traffic.

The government has announced plans to open up data on planned changes to the road network, highlighting potential traffic jams up to months in advance.

Tech firms could soon get access to this data thanks to a review of the legislation for Traffic Regulation Orders – the orders behind restrictions on the road network which allow for temporary roadworks or permanent changes to the road.

Companies will potentially be able to develop and enhance navigational apps powered by AI, warning drivers up to months in advance of planned disruption to routes and offering alternatives to help save time and money.

“There is nothing more frustrating than discovering roadworks and getting stuck in traffic jams,” Minister for the Future of Transport, George Freeman, said. “This announcement will help open up data, reducing congestion, pollution and frustration for road users.

“Working with organisations including local authorities and the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) sector, the department will look at introducing legislation to make it easier to access data around the predicted 50,000 yearly road closures building on the government’s commitment to make travelling cleaner and greener, safer, easier and more reliable.”

The review will support the government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, by considering whether current legislation is fit to maximise the potential of future technologies. Evidence suggests that opening up TRO data could also help with route planning systems for self-driving vehicles.