TfL trials sensors to help plan London cycle routes


Transport for London (TfL) has collaborated with London tech firm Vivacity Labs on a UK-first roll-out of AI to take account of the number of cyclists on the road.

According to TfL, the deployment is intended to make it easier to plan and operate new cycle routes across the capital. It will replace manual counting, which is the current method of choice for ascertaining the level of traffic.
The organisation is currently trialling Vivacity Labs sensors at two locations along Millbank, with the technology deployed to detect road users, and decide which mode of transport they are using. Statistics suggest a 98 per cent accuracy rate, and 43 further sensors are planned at other London locations.
Speaking of the technology, Glynn Barton, director of network management TfL, said: "We work around the clock to keep people in London moving and we're always looking for innovative new ways of making our roads safer and more efficient.
“All video captured by the sensors is processed and discarded within seconds, meaning that no personal data is ever stored.”
Mark Nicholson, CEO and co-founder of Vivacity Labs, said:“We are delighted to have been successful in the competitive trials, and to now be rolling out a set of sensors at critical junctions in a global city such as London.”
The Mayor of London’s transport strategy target is for 80 per cent of journeys in the capital to be made by either walking, cycling or using public transport by 2041.

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