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Artificial intelligence to run traffic lights at all Bangkok intersections

Jan 16. 2019
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By The Nation

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Artificial intelligence will be operating the traffic lights at all 505 intersection in Bangkok “soon”, rather than police officers manually working the switches, according to a senior policeman.

Pol Col Kitti Ariyanon, deputy commander of the Police Bureau’s Traffic Police Division, said AI was already on the job around the clock at 59 intersections, figuring out how to lessen or increase motorists’ waiting times in every direction depending on the traffic flow.

He said police would work with the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration to introduce the system at all intersections soon.

Kitti said traffic police had actively responded to motorists’ complaints about the night-time waiting times being too long at 50 intersections and had reduced the times by 15 per cent.

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