New Google technology to reduce traffic generated by slow traffic lights/Nueva tecnología Google para reducir el tráfico generado por semáforos lentos

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I suppose it has happened to all of you, being stopped in front of a red light when the street is empty and there is no other vehicle or pedestrian in sight other than you, it is only two or three minutes but it seems like a month and they made us doubt on the efficiency of the competent authorities when it comes to regulating traffic in cities.

Supongo que a todos os ha pasado, estar parado delante de un semáforo en rojo cuando la calle está vacía y no hay ningún otro vehículo ni peatón a la vista más que tú, son tan solo dos o tres minutos pero que parecen un mes y nos hacen renegar de la eficiencia de las autoridades competentes a la hora de regular el tráfico en las ciudades.

This was one of the problems that the Internet of Things (IoT) was going to solve through all kinds of sensors in street furniture, but a decade later we are still using traditional traffic lights. Now Google has proposed a solution by using a new application called "Green Light."

Este era uno de los problemas que el internet de las cosas (IoT) iba a solucionar mediante todo tipo de sensores en el mobiliario urbano, pero una década después seguimos utilizando los semáforos de toda la vida. Ahora Google se ha propuesto darle solución mediante el uso de una nueva aplicación llamada "Green Light".


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According to experts, today half of the traffic lights installed work the same as they did three decades ago, that is, since they do not have cameras or other information devices, they operate with fixed time intervals regardless of the specific traffic situation, which results in a lot of time wasted waiting for the green light.

Según los expertos, a día de hoy la mitad de los semáforos instalados funcionan igual que hace tres décadas, es decir, al no llevar cámaras ni otros dispositivos informativos funciona con intervalos de tiempo fijos independientemente de la situación puntual del tráfico, lo que redunda en mucho tiempo perdido esperando la luz verde.

Taking this situation into account, Green Light uses data obtained from vehicles connected to the Internet and navigation applications on mobile phones instead of cameras or other fixed sensors. By analyzing this data, experts can create sequences of green lights to speed up certain sections where traffic It is more saturated.

Teniendo en cuenta esta situación, Green Light utiliza datos obtenidos de vehículos conectados a internet y aplicaciones de navegación en teléfonos móviles en lugar de cámaras u otros sensores fijos, analizando estos datos los expertos pueden crear secuencias de luces verdes para agilizar ciertos tramos donde la circulación está más saturada.


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According to comments from Google, this initiative could reduce carbon dioxide emissions by up to 30%, in addition to allowing users significant savings in fuel and, above all, in wasted time. The project will be carried out in 14 cities around the world that will have a control panel that offers recommendations to update the behavior of traffic lights.

Según comentarios de Google esta iniciativa podría reducir hasta un 30 % las emisiones de dióxido de carbono, además de permitir a los usuarios un ahorro importante de combustible y sobre todo de tiempo perdido. El proyecto será llevado a cabo en 14 ciudades de todo el mundo que contarán con un panel de control que les ofrece recomendaciones para actualizar el comportamiento de los semáforos.

Personally, I think this is a bummer, I don't understand why after so many promises a decade ago, including fully autonomous vehicles, we are still in this situation, but at least it is relatively economical since it does not require installing new infrastructure that in the end we have to pay for the usual ones.

Personalmente creo que esto es una chapuza, no entiendo por qué después de tantas promesas hace una década, con vehículos totalmente autónomos incluidos, seguimos en esta situación, pero al menos resulta relativamente económico ya que no requiere instalar nuevas infraestructuras que al final tenemos que pagar los de siempre.

More information/Más información
https://www.sciencealert.com/amazing-project-could-reduce-stops-at-red-traffic-lights-by-30

https://www.infobae.com/estados-unidos/2024/06/10/una-nueva-tecnologia-de-google-podria-reducir-en-30-el-trafico-generado-por-los-semaforos-lentos/

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Great news but for sure this or something with a similar effect should have been implemented at least a decade ago.

I agree, this all should have been fixed a decade ago... We shall see if it really works in the real world test in the big city like NYC.

My goodness good brother, It's crazy how something like this can make such a big impact. Imagine cutting down all that waiting time at red lights and saving on fuel. Hope it really works as they say... It's always a pleasure to read your blogs

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