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Recent developments in Estonia and the US highlight the transformative potential of smart transportation solutions in benefiting communities worldwide.

Smart transportation initiatives are revolutionising urban mobility by harnessing technology to enhance safety, efficiency, and sustainability in transportation systems.

This week on SmartCitiesWorld, we’ve reported on two recent developments in Estonia and the United States that highlight the transformative potential of smart transportation solutions in benefiting communities worldwide.

  1. EE: Tallinn smart city testbed

    In Tallinn, Estonia, the City is pioneering the use of artificial intelligence (AI) to increase road safety and efficiency. Partnering with a leading AI and spatial analytics company, Tallinn is piloting an innovative automated bus lane and bus stop enforcement platform.

    This initiative, part of Tallinn’s Test in Tallinn programme, leverages AI-powered camera systems installed on transit buses to detect parking violations in bus lanes and stops. By identifying obstructing vehicles, the pilot aims to improve public transport service reliability and streamline traffic flow, ultimately enhancing road safety and efficiency for residents.

  2. US: Grants for smarter mobility

    In the United States, the Department of Transportation (USDoT) is spearheading efforts to advance smart transportation projects through its Strengthening Mobility and Revolutionising Transportation (Smart) Grants Programme. With up to $500 million in funding over five years, the programme supports demonstration projects focused on deploying advanced smart community technologies and systems.

    These projects aim to improve transportation safety and efficiency while fostering innovation and sustainability in urban mobility. By investing in smart transportation initiatives, the USDoT seeks to address critical transportation challenges and drive progress towards a more connected and resilient transportation ecosystem.

As cities worldwide continue to grapple with the challenges of urban mobility, smart transportation initiatives and pilots have become a powerful tool for driving positive change and enhancing the quality of life for residents.

By embracing innovation, collaboration, and technology-driven solutions, both local and central government authorities can support the development of more resilient, sustainable, and equitable transportation systems that meet the evolving needs of today’s society.

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Quelle/Source: Smart Cities World, 17.05.2024

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