Connected Vehicle

Seoul unveils smart intersection testbed to enhance urban mobility

Date: June 28, 2023

Seoul, South Korea – In a bid to tackle traffic congestion and improve road safety, the city of Seoul has unveiled a groundbreaking initiative to create a smart intersection testbed aimed at revolutionizing traffic management and ensuring safer road conditions. The project, announced by the Seoul Metropolitan Government (SMG), aims to leverage cutting-edge technologies to enhance traffic efficiency and improve the overall commuting experience for residents.

The smart intersection testbed will serve as a real-world platform for testing and implementing innovative solutions, including advanced traffic monitoring systems, connected vehicles, and intelligent traffic signal control. By integrating various elements of smart city infrastructure, Seoul aims to tackle congestion, reduce accidents, and provide a more seamless transportation network for its citizens.

One of the key features of the testbed is the deployment of state-of-the-art sensors and cameras that will collect real-time data on traffic flow, pedestrian movement, and road conditions. This data will be analyzed using artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to optimize traffic signal timings and dynamically adjust them based on the current demand.

Seoul’s smart intersection testbed will also explore the potential of emerging technologies such as 5G connectivity and vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication. These advancements will facilitate faster and more reliable data transmission, enabling real-time decision-making and faster response times for emergency services.

SMG selected Hwarang-ro for the project because it has “a steady increase in traffic volume and been experiencing chronic traffic congestions,” and it passes by the Taereung Royal Tomb in Nowon-gu. In collaboration with the Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency (SMPA), this will be put into practise in the pilot region. By year’s end, the project will be up and running.

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