Press Coverage

World Highways: VivaCity’s AI-controlled junctions

Friday, 16 April, 2021

Great to see press coverage of our Smart Junctions Manchester project (which won the Innovative Use of Technology award at the 2020 ITS (UK) Awards), on how we helped Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to anonymously identify different types of road users at selected junctions.

As more cyclists and pedestrians use junctions originally designed to prioritise cars and other vehicles, there is a need to look carefully at exactly who is using the roads and crossings and how they might most safely be able to move around. By knowing what modes of transportation are present at a junction, traffic signals can be altered to prioritise some modes of transportation over others, such as cyclists over pedestrians and vehicles.

“Since the pandemic, commuter trends and traffic hotspots have changed completely and cities need AI to help protect people no matter what mode of transport they take,” said Mark Nicholson, CEO of VivaCity. “Our vision is to help cities implement critical policies addressing safety, air quality, sustainable travel and congestion at a hyper-local level.”

The AI signal control system went live last year and now simultaneously controls three neighbouring junctions in the Blackfriars area of Salford.

Manchester’s project is part of a three-year Innovate UK programme that could see up to 20 junctions using the our AI sensors by the end of 2021.

Read the full article on the World Highways website.