From helping cars, trains, ships, and airplanes to function autonomously to making traffic flow smoother, artificial intelligence (AI) is making lives easier and making different modes of transport safer, cleaner, smarter, and more efficient. According to research the global AI transportation industry was worth 4 billion dollars in 2017 and is projected to grow by 3.5 billion by 2023.
The European Union is adopting rules to support technologies that enable the applications of AI in transportation including rules for harmonized digital reporting for ships meant to simplify information exchange procedures between the ship and port and rules on electronic freight transport information aimed at digitizing close sport and transport operations.
While the most spectacular applications are widely known to the public, self-driving cars, autonomous air taxis, smart trucks, smart highways, and artificial intelligence (AI) powered technologies are going to be deployed in many ways. Many of them are less eye-catching but extremely useful nonetheless.
Importance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in Transportation
Since the introduction of AI technology in the transportation sector, many things have taken a gradual turn as AI has brought many improvements.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is being used in the prediction of accidents by many companies utilizing AI to predict crashes based on environmental and other factors.
Another great development is the integration of electric vehicles with artificial intelligence (AI). Electric vehicles greatly aid in the reduction of environmental pollution as they have a lower rate of emission a great example of such is connect transit which uses electric buses that are integrated with AI.
Artificial intelligence (AI) has also brought the development of self-driving cars that are able to detect traffic. Self-driving cars will reduce traffic accidents as the AI-equipped vehicle has the ability to detect pedestrian and cyclists paths. This by far increases transportation safety.
Artificial intelligence (AI) can be used to reduce the traffic congestion on roads resulting in a smooth traffic flow, with the help of AI traffic management systems traffic is used by many smart cities around the world to control traffic flow also with the aid of AI motorists can be warned about dangerous spots in a certain road or route. Security threats and any unforeseen occurrences in traffic can also be predicted by AI.
Artificial intelligence (AI) in transportation is in its infancy stage and holds great potential in revolutionizing the sector. Trust is a factor that has affected the speed of adoption of AI in this area. Lack of trust is further aggravated by the lack of proper regulation certification and standardization of AI tools in the transportation sector. However, once public policy on AI has fully matured, adoption of AI in transport will follow since safety will be assured and consequently trust will be restored.
To sum up, The transportation sector is one of the most important sectors of any economy as artificial intelligence (AI) progresses, reduced accidents, lower pollution and improved efficiency are going to lead to widespread economic and health benefits for everyone.
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