Partnership provides solutions to modern transport challenges

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TfL and Bosch have outlined how their “innovative” partnership has helped improve transport in the Capital, including the use of artificial intelligence to improve road safety.

The pilot partnership, which began in November 2018, has seen both companies work together on several projects, sharing knowledge and expertise.

This includes projects to improve road safety and provide better analysis of traffic flows and their impact on air quality.

In a small-scale trial in Lambeth, artificial intelligence and digital imaging was used to help identify near-miss incidents at a pedestrian crossing. 

TfL says this has helped lay the foundations for potential lifesaving future work that will bring London closer to Vision Zero – the target of no deaths or serious injuries on London’s roads by 2041.

Meanwhile, another project has used data to define, implement and evaluate a new traffic signalling timing strategy to improve localised air quality in Lambeth. 

Rikesh Shah, head of commercial innovation at TfL, said: “I am immensely proud of the work achieved in the past two years with Bosch through this co-innovation approach.

“By working together and sharing ideas, knowledge and data, we have moved forward to achieve things that a few short years ago we would have deemed impossible.

“We went into this with open mind on what trials can achieve and it is by using this innovative way of working we can learn why some things didn’t work out quite as planned, and move forward with better understanding in the future.

“The smart technology available that we can use to better London’s transport network will make it possible for us to bring new solutions to our transport network, making it a better city for us all.”

19 March 2021