Tel Aviv (AFP) – Monster traffic jams are a daily occurrence in the lives of Israelis, whose country has been described as the worst in the region, but artificial intelligence and its algorithms could help deal with the phenomenon, according to an Israeli high-tech company.
The sector has a growing interest in the automotive industry and a fair on smart mobility called “Ecomotion”, which promotes more efficient and green transport, was recently held in Tel Aviv.
Among the companies present was ITC (Intelligent Traffic Control), which developed software capable of collecting real-time data from roadside surveillance cameras and managing traffic lights according to traffic flow.
“ITC has succeeded in mathematically proving that many traffic jams can be prevented if we intervene early enough,” explains DV Kennig, who is in charge of the company’s technology, where traffic congestion at the two intersections has been reduced by 30%. Up
The company claims to be responding to a threat that affects the entire world, assuming that the average motorist is stuck in a traffic jam three days a year, a major source of greenhouse gas emissions.
Traffic control is a particularly important issue in Israel, where transport infrastructure is severely inadequate compared to “other” developed countries, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has indicated in a report published in 2021.
According to the report, road congestion (in Israel) is one of the worst in OECD countries.
According to Meyer Arnon, founder of the ‘Ecomotion’ trade show, the growing global interest in smart mobility has enabled Israel – which has identified itself as a ‘start-up nation’ due to its bubble high-tech sector – to become a player in the automotive sector, while The country does not produce any.
“The car has changed,” he told AFP. “Before, they were made of metal, wheels and a radio, but today those things don’t matter.”
“What sets carmakers apart these days is the driving experience (…), the ability to adapt to the driver,” he continued.
According to him, technological measures developed by the Israeli army and the private defense sector, especially in the areas of surveillance, communications and sensors, have become essential for car manufacturers.
With more than 600 tech start-ups – ‘second in Silicon Valley’ – Israel has become a ‘hub’ of smart mobility, Arnon said, adding that there are 35 international auto companies present in Israel, including American giant General Motors (GM).
“The future of vehicles lies beyond vehicles: in the clouds, on our phones,” said Gil Golan, head of GM’s technology center in Israel, which he described as “fertile ground for innovation.”
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Ryder Dome, another company appearing at Tel Aviv’s EcoMotion Show, specializes in road safety: Cameras mounted on the front and back of motorcycles use artificial intelligence to warn drivers about the dangers around them.
“Driving support has become the norm in almost every car but does not exist for motorcycles,” explained its director, Yov Elgrichi.
But if Israel really wants to make a name for itself in automotive technology, it must invest in engineering, according to Lisa Bahar Manoah of Catalyst Investments.
For that, it is necessary to “create special professional schools in the mobility sector, like in Europe and especially in Germany and Austria.”
“Israel now needs to think about how to hire more engineers to support the start-up environment. We need to adjust our school system accordingly,” he said.
The high-tech sector, which employs 10% of the national workforce and accounts for nearly half of the country’s exports, is in decline, according to the latest annual report from the Israel Innovation Authority, claiming that the Jewish state has recorded a steady decline in start-up creation for two years.
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