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FCT VIO to deploy artificial intelligence to manage traffic

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) says it will deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) around some road interjections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to…

The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) says it will deploy Artificial Intelligence (AI) around some road interjections in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) to enhance the free flow of traffic.

Mr Kalu Emetu, the Head, Public Relations and Enlightenment, DRTS, FCT, made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja on Thursday.

NAN reports that AI is a robot that thinks like a human and can take the responsibility of a human.

Emetu said that with the growing traffic in the city centre, it had become imperative for DRTS to deploy AI to complement the effort of its personnel in ensuring that motorists obey traffic rules and regulations.

He said that the machine had not been put into use because its partners had not concluded their arrangements.

“Once our partners are done from their own end and the project comes on stream, definitely, the new way of ensuring a seamless traffic flow in the FCT, especially in the city will come to life.

“Traffic monitoring, which you know is one of our primary responsibilities, is one area we ensure that the city is clean and there is free movement.

“We have even gone as far as mounting all that is required and the recording is already on.

“So, what we need now is only very little time to perfect the whole process and then, we are good to go,” he said.

The spokesperson further said that traffic offenders would henceforth pay fines for traffic offences committed, including those that broke the traffic rules during the test run.

According to him, the service will start by contacting the offenders when, where, and how they beat the traffic.

“However, a lot has been done as we speak; the recording around the areas where we have mounted the gadgets is already working.

“That is why we have been mounting serious pressure on our partners, a Chinese company, Huawei and Chit-Up to tidy up their own end, so it can take off in no distant time,” he said.

Emetu expressed optimism that the interface between the personnel of the service and motorists would end by the time the project is completed. (NAN)

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