New South African traffic light could shorten traffic jams

New South African traffic light could shorten traffic jams

A Stellenbosch University student is testing a new traffic light which may cut traffic congestion times significantly.

Master’s degree student Wilko Mohr is developing a “sophisticated and tailor-made real-time computerised control system with cameras to synchronise traffic signals” along the R44 in Stellenbosch.

The system uses a combination of cameras at intersections and existing electromagnetic loops beneath the road surface. These will detect traffic volume and flow, and this data is then fed into its system. Automatic adjustments to traffic signals to get the traffic moving optimally will then take place, based on a custom algorithm from Mohr.

The PTV software is being operated internationally, and in a comparable setting in India – on a 3km road – average travel time has decreased by 26% and queue length by 37% thanks to a similar system.

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New South African traffic light could shorten traffic jams
A Stellenbosch University student is testing a new traffic light which may cut traffic congestion times significantly.

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