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AI-driven apps could cut journey times

A new generation of route navigation apps powered by Artificial Intelligence could soon be available to help motorists avoid traffic jams caused by roadworks.

The prediction follows an announcement by the Department for Transport of plans to

open up data on expected changes to the road network, identifying potential traffic jams several months in advance.

A review of the legislation for Traffic Regulation Orders – the rules governing restrictions on the road network which allow for temporary roadworks or permanent changes to a road – means that companies could use the data to develop or enhance navigational apps powered by AI, warning drivers in advance of planned disruptions and offering alternatives routes.

“There is nothing more frustrating than discovering roadworks and getting stuck in traffic jams,” Minister for the Future of Transport, George Freeman, said.“This announcement will help open up data, reducing congestion, pollution and frustration for road users.

“Working with organisations including local authorities and the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) sector, the department will look at introducing legislation to make it easier to access data around the predicted 50,000 yearly road closures building on the government’s commitment to make travelling cleaner and greener, safer, easier and more reliable.”

The review will support the government’s Future of Mobility Grand Challenge, by considering whether current legislation is fit to maximise the potential of future technologies.Evidence suggests that opening up TRO data could also help with route planning systems for self-driving vehicles.