Pittsburgh's AI Traffic Signals Will Make Driving Less Boring

Idling in rush-hour traffic can be mind numbing. It also carries other costs. Traffic congestion costs the U.S. economy $121 billion a year, mostly due to lost productivity, and produces about 25 billion kilograms of carbon dioxide emissions, Carnegie Mellon University professor of robotics


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Miovision Acquires Rapid Flow

Acquisition adds market-leading adaptive signal control capability to Miovision’s intersection platform

Kitchener, Ontario – Miovision, an innovative company that helps cities modernize their approach to traffic management using artificial intelligence and advanced analytics, today announced that it has acquired Pittsburgh-based Rapid Flow Technologies.

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Whitepaper on Combining Connected Vehicle and Multi-Modal Tech with Adaptive Traffic Control Systems to Decrease Traffic Congestion

Stephen Smith, Ph.D. , our co-founder and Chief Scientist here at Rapid Flow Technologies, recently authored a whitepaper about how our Routecast communication system allows multi-modal travelers to share route information with our Surtrac adaptive traffic control system in order to achieve up to 40% additional delay improvement.

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Rapid Flow Tech Co-Founder Stephen Smith Envisions the Future of Urban Mobility in AI Magazine

Stephen Smith, Founder and Chief Scientist at Rapid Flow Technologies, became the 15th recipient of the Robert S. Engelmore Memorial Award in 2018. This award, which is jointly sponsored by the Innovative Applications of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) Conference and AI Magazine, is awarded annually for sustained research contributions to applied artificial intelligence and service to the AI community.

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Surtrac Adaptive Traffic Signal Control in Quincy, MA Improving Commutes

CBS Boston recently ran a news segment highlighting Quincy, MA’s efforts to improve the commutes of drivers through the large Boston suburb with the use of adaptive traffic signals. The traffic control system discussed throughout the feature is Surtrac which was installed at 20 intersections in the city, including two pedestrian-only or “hawk” intersections.

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Surtrac's Deployment in Portland Discussed in Western Digital Article on Pedestrian Safety

Data Makes Possible, a blog from Western Digital, recently discussed Rapid Flow and Surtrac in an article highlighting technological advancements that are keeping pedestrians in urban environments safe. In particular, the article references Surtrac’s impact on traffic flow after deployment in Portland, Maine, and resulting decrease in pedestrian accidents.

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PBS NewsHour Segment Features Surtrac Smart Traffic Signal Control

PBS NewsHour featured Rapid Flow and Surtrac in a segment on the ways robotics and artificial intelligence are being used to reduce traffic and congestion on the roads of Pittsburgh. Reporter Jeffrey Brown visited the city to speak to those creating the technology, as well as some city employees.

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Rapid Flow Technologies CEO Griffin Schultz Talks Smart Traffic Control & Entrepreneurship with Chestnut Street Ventures

Chestnut Street Ventures recently sat down with Rapid Flow Technologies CEO, Griffin Schultz, to discuss his unique career path and how he became involved in the AI and smart cities markets. While Rapid Flow Technologies developed Surtrac, an intelligent traffic signal control system that optimizes and reduces traffic in real time, Griffin originally got his start in government – which is helpful since Rapid Flow is often selling to and serving government customers.

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Portland Drivers Experiencing a 20% Improvement in Traffic Conditions with Surtrac Intelligent Traffic Signal Control System

The Press Herald of Portland, Maine recently ran an article discussing efforts to ease traffic on Forest Avenue, one of the busiest roadways in the entire state of Maine. These efforts center around the Surtrac intelligent traffic signal control system, and local residents and businesses are already taking notice after its installation.

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AI Traffic Signal Control System Reduces Travel Time by 25% in Pittsburgh

Traffic is a major concern for commuters in most major cities, including Pittsburgh where drivers sit in their vehicles for 81 unnecessary hours each year. A hilly, gridless area with more bridges than any other US city, Pittsburgh can be a pain to navigate.

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Wall Street Journal Features Rapid Flow in Article on AI Traffic Control

The Wall Street Journal recently ran an article exploring the ways that artificial intelligence can be used to reduce traffic in busy cities and neighborhoods. The article dives into issues of congestion, but also how these new technologies aim to reduce auto emissions and prioritize emergency vehicles and public transit.

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