Singapore seeks to influence with artificial intelligence app population flows




Singapore starts with Fujitsu a trial to reduce congestion in the city. It is to reduce a field trial with a smartphone application that mainly congestion around shopping malls, stadiums and major events.

The app get people a proposal on how and when to go back home from busy places. Thereafter, the results are checked for correctness of the prediction. The predictions are generated by various artificial intelligence techniques developed by Fujitsu and recently merged under the heading of Human Centric AI Zinrai. The system should avoid congestion by capturing the peak load of traffic, and to change the modes of transport, if necessary.

That the research takes place in Singapore, is not so strange. The country can not expand with the scarce available space must be careful handled. In addition, the construction of additional roads, subway lines or other major infrastructure projects, not an easy task: it takes a lot of time, money and ensures long-term disruption of the environment. Therefore Singapore started over a year ago, together with Fujitsu, the Singaporean Agency for Science, Technology and Research and the Singapore Management University, a project for sustainable urbanization, and this is the first project that goes to the street from the lab.

Through the app, people could be given a proposal to adjust their departure time, change their mode of travel for example by offering a discount, or to entice people to stay longer in or around the same place. In the latter case we will try to motivate people to visit local shops or restaurants, possibly by offering discounts or other benefits.

Fujitsu leave a detailed message seen on its site how the model of the project works and where the pitfalls are. Thus it is possible that some do not want to adapt their way of traveling. The hope is that tens of thousands of people will install and run the app. The test will run until December 31, 2017.



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