Edmonton to host Canada’s first smart network for vehicles

The University of Alberta and the City of Edmonton are lending new meaning to smart cars.

Researchers from the university’s engineering department are working on a pilot technology called “connected vehicles,” aimed at creating a safer, quicker and more efficient commute…
Coun. Andrew Knack said the technology will enhance what he’s expecting will be artificial intelligence installed at intersections around the city.

“I think it’s critically important to being prepared as a city for the future of transportation,” Knack said.

Knack has asked city staff to compile a report on how the signals are operating, how they’re designed to adapt to a change in traffic patterns, and compare information with new traffic signal infrastructure.

He points to Pittsburgh as a prime example of where artificial intelligence is used to apply real-time information to what’s happening on the road.

There, technology has reduced wait times by 40 per cent, travel times by 20 per cent and, in turn, emissions by about 20 per cent, Knack said.