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TfGM to use sensors for data on walking and cycling


Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) is planning to install around 100 AI powered sensors around the city-region to collect real time data on cycling and walking.

It has agreed on a contract with Vivacity Labs for the installations as part of its plan to develop an extensive and cycling and walking network.

The Vivacity sensors use artificial intelligence and machine learning to capture anonymous traffic counts across a selected ‘count line’, and can show the interactions between pedestrians, cyclists and motor vehicles. They can also provide insights on factors such as pathways and speed.

TfGM programme director for cycling and walking Richard Nickson said: “We’ve already made great progress this year in delivering the UK’s largest cycling and walking network and have many more schemes in the pipeline as we look to give people a genuine alternative to the car, reduce congestion and help improve air quality.

“By enhancing our monitoring capabilities, we can more effectively measure the success of this substantial investment and better understand the use of active travel modes across the region to inform our long term strategy and delivery.”

Further installations as expected to take place as the programme expands.

The authority has also been working with Vivacity Labs on the use of sensors in smart junctions on the roads network.

Image from TfGM

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