How China’s meshing ride-sharing data with smart traffic lights to ease road congestion


Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is lending its data to authorities as part of a new initiative to ease traffic congestion.

Earlier this year, Didi partnered with the traffic police department of Jinan, the capital of Eastern China’s Shandong province, which claims a population of more than 7 million. Jingshi Road is one of the most heavily congested thoroughfares in the city, and in March, as part of a trial to help get cars moving more quickly, the city installed smart traffic signals. These use sensors embedded on the road to help sync the traffic lights in accordance with the shifting volume of vehicles.

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