BOSTON — Engineers who oversee Boston’s traffic lights and make real-time adjustments to ease traffic jams could soon be turning their work over to computers.
The Boston Globe reports (http://bit.ly/2sEIdkj ) the city is upgrading its traffic management system to make it more intuitive.
City engineers now scan hundreds of traffic lights from City Hall and make timing tweaks to clear back-ups, but officials are weighing whether an algorithm should do the work.
Known as adaptive signal control, the technology has been adopted in other places including Portland, Oregon and Michigan’s Oakland County.
City officials said the technology can respond quicker to divert traffic. Boston will first test the software in the Seaport District.
Officials told The Globe they can’t determine how much the project will cost until the design stage is complete.