In order to increase safety for pedestrians and reduce accidents in general, Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) has conducted a trial run of smart signals to ensure safe crossing for everyone. The sensor-based traffic light system was installed by RTA on Al Saada street, which is located in a largely-populated area near Dubai’s Financial District.
Maitha Mohammad Bin Adai, CEO of RTA said, “The system of the signal is designed to eliminate the time allocated to pedestrians if it senses no pedestrians waiting on the pavement, thus providing more time for vehicles to pass”. He further explained that the sensor-based pedestrian traffic light comes equipped with an optical ground system that works accordingly with the traffic. It monitors the movement of pedestrians on the pavement and alters the timing of the signal perfectly.
The whole system allows safe road-crossing for the largest number of pedestrians and lights are automatically modified before or during the crossing of pedestrians. It’s currently on trial and has gone through all technical tests to make sure it functions correctly and smoothly.
“Sometimes the signal cycle is so long that pedestrians are tempted to take a drastic step of scurrying across the road. Another problem with the pre-timed system is that the pedestrians must wait if the signal is red, even if the roads are empty. The sensor-based system fixes these issues and helps streamline the movement,” a traffic management expert in Dubai said.
According to Bin Adai, the RTA is now considering broadening the scope of the trial by installing more sensor-based signals at various locations on the Dubai road network. Watch out on Dubai’s streets, you might see the technology live!
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