Abu Dhabi’s Transport Authority Teams Up With Google to Solve Traffic Problem

K. C. Sabreena Basheer 05 Jun, 2023 • 3 min read

Google has teamed up with Abu Dhabi’s transport authority in a groundbreaking initiative aimed at enhancing traffic flow and reducing air pollution in the emirate. Leveraging the power of machine learning technology, the partnership seeks to optimize traffic signals and minimize stop-and-go situations. This exciting development was announced during an event at the prestigious Mohammed bin Zayed University of Artificial Intelligence (MBZUAI). At the event, Google shared its plans for fostering artificial intelligence initiatives in the UAE.

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Google helps Abu Dhabi's Transport Authority solve its traffic problem using machine learning and AI-powered traffic management systems.

Transforming Traffic with AI: Project Green Light

Under the banner of Project Green Light, Google has launched a pilot program in Abu Dhabi, as well as in Hamburg, Germany, and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The program aims to gather valuable traffic data and utilize AI models to make informed recommendations. Strategically adjusting the duration of green lights during specific hours can alleviate traffic congestion. This would lead to a reduction in both greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution. The potential benefits of this technology extend beyond improved traffic flow, positively impacting the overall well-being of the city.

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Smart roads and AI-powered traffic management systems in Abu Dhabi

A Collaborative Approach to Responsible AI Development

Recognizing the significance of collective efforts, Karan Bhatia, Google’s global vice president for government relations and public policy, emphasized the importance of responsible AI development. Building transformative technologies necessitates the involvement of researchers, social scientists, industry experts, governments, and the public. Google’s collaboration with Abu Dhabi’s transport authority exemplifies this commitment to collective responsibility.

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Advancing AI Research at MBZUAI and Beyond

In addition to the traffic optimization initiative, Google plans to offer research awards to faculty members at MBZUAI. These awards will focus on enhancing Arabic representation in AI foundation models, with an emphasis on research that has a profound societal impact on sustainability and climate change. Not only will financial support be provided, but faculty members will also have the opportunity to request in-kind support through Google’s cloud computing resources. This collaboration aims to drive groundbreaking research and innovation within the UAE’s AI ecosystem.

Google along with MBZUAI help solve Abu Dhabi's traffic problem using machine learning and AI.

Shaping the Future of AI through Collaborative Leadership

This week, Google will co-host the first quarterly Al Majlis event alongside the UAE Ministry of State for Digital Economy, AI, and Remote Working Systems. The event will bring together government officials, academia, and industry leaders to discuss and advance AI principles and policies. The inaugural event will focus on responsible innovation, exploring how AI can be harnessed ethically and sustainably across various sectors. Future Al Majlis discussions will delve into AI’s impact on crucial areas such as sustainability, healthcare, & the future of work.

Our Say

Google’s partnership with Abu Dhabi’s transport authority marks a significant step toward transforming traffic management through the power of AI. By leveraging machine learning technology, traffic flow can be optimized, reducing congestion and enhancing air quality. The collaboration also highlights the importance of responsible AI development and the need for collective efforts in shaping the future of this transformative technology. As Google continues to work closely with local partners, the potential for advancing AI research in the UAE is vast. T paving the way for a sustainable and technology-driven future.

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