Motorists in the UK could soon enjoy quicker and easier road surface travel as the government announced plans to open up data on planned changes to the road network, highlighting potential traffic jams up to months in advance. Tech firms could soon get access to this data thanks to a review of legislation around Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs) - the orders behind restrictions on the road network which allow for temporary roadworks or permanent changes to the road.
Using the data, companies will potentially be able to develop and enhance navigational apps powered by AI, warning drivers up to months in advance of planned disruption to routes and offering alternatives to help save time and money. Minister for the Future of Transport, George Freeman, said: “As a road user, there is nothing more frustrating than discovering roadworks and getting stuck in traffic jams. “Today’s announcement will help open up data, reducing congestion, pollution and frustration for road users.” Working with organisations including local authorities and the Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) sector, the department will look at introducing legislation to make it easier to access data around the predicted 50,000 yearly road closures building on the government’s commitment to make travelling cleaner and greener, safer, easier and more reliable.
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