AI bots will help alleviate Osceola County traffic, improve safety

Osceola County will use synthetic intelligence in an effort to alleviate site visitors congestion and improve safety, Chairwoman Viviana Janer introduced Thursday on the State of the County handle.
The county obtained a grant from the Florida Department of Transportation to make use of AI bots that document site visitors at 9 intersections and accumulate information to improve safety and congestion.
The intersections are Highway 17 & South Poinciana Boulevard; Interstate 4 eastbound ramp and County Road 532; John Young Parkway and West Donegan Avenue; U.S. 192 and Black Lake Road; U.S. 192 and Entry Point Boulevard; U.S. 192 and Formosa Gardens Boulevard; U.S. 192 and John Young Parkway; U.S. 192 and North Hoagland Boulevard; and U.S. 192 and North Old Lake Wilson Road.
“The AI bot can monitor every lane and intersection to detect numerous safety points together with wrong-way autos, close to misses involving folks and pedestrians, automotive crashes, unlawful pedestrian crossings and forecasting,” Janer mentioned. “We are the primary county in Central Florida to obtain this know-how.”
The county will deploy a cloud-based site visitors monitoring system all through 41 intersections countywide that makes use of information from linked vehicles to guage time spent ready for sign adjustments, Janer mentioned.
Osceola County Chairwoman Viviana Janer mentioned AI bots will analyze site visitors within the county to help improve safety and showcased a video of the know-how at work on the annual State of the County handle Thursday, September 14, 2023. (Natalia Jaramillo/Orlando Sentinel)
During the State of the County speech, a 35-second video showcasing the AI bot recording a wrong-way driver garnered gasps from the roughly 400 attendees.
“We’ve been working to see how we are able to combine know-how into aiding site visitors and site visitors circulate,” Janer mentioned. “This is a type of new applied sciences that might help us actually improve, not solely the site visitors, however the safety of the system.”
This comes after a deadly crash in Osceola County final week in Poinciana left 4 useless and drew criticism from residents over highway safety. The crash on the intersection of San Miguel Street and Laurel Avenue occurred when a 15-year-old who did not cease slammed into an SUV, killing three kids and a 50-year-old lady.
Officials put in an all-way cease Thursday morning, in keeping with a press launch.
Residents have lengthy complained about site visitors congestion within the county and claimed commissioners haven’t listened. In October 2022, over 250 Osceola County residents crammed a county fee assembly asking commissioners to gradual development till space roads have been improved sufficient to deal with it.
The county is engaged on funding $2 billion in transportation enhancements, however residents say it’s not quick sufficient.
Deputy County Manager Tawny Olore mentioned the AI bots and cloud-based site visitors monitoring system are steps to alleviate congestion proper now. The bots will create a database that flags issues, which county site visitors consultants can then evaluate and provide options to improve the intersections.
“We have lots of these agricultural roads with no shoulders, steep drainage ditches, no sidewalks. We have lots of transportation wants right here as a result of we had been the final Central Florida county to type of develop up,” Olore mentioned. “So, we want lots of help right here and these sorts of applied sciences will help us keep on high of that development.”
If the know-how works, Olore mentioned the county will develop the AI bots to extra intersections.

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