Google experimented with its Al programme to optimize traffic lights in some locations of Israel, which resulted in reduced fuel consumption and traffic delays by 10% to 20% in four sites in Israel, and the firm wants to test the programme in Rio de Janeiro next.
One of Google’s latest software projects to tackle climate change is an early-stage research study. Employees and advocacy organizations have urged the world’s third-most valuable business to utilize its clout to address the issue more quickly.
While Google has not responded to opponents’ demands that it cease selling technology to oil corporations or finance legislators who reject global warming, it has placed a premium on environmental features.
Google aims to make green energy credits available for $10 per month to Nest thermostat customers in the coming weeks. Bethel Wind Farm and Roseland Solar are two projects in Texas that will get credits. Google stated that the majority of the cash will be used for credit purchases and utility bill payment fees, but did not elaborate on the balance.
Nest customers will soon be able to automatically move heating and cooling to periods when energy is cheaper and cleaner across the United States at no charge.
Along with search results, new informational panels provide emissions or other environmental ratings for flights across the world, as well as vehicles and household appliances in the US. To combat disinformation, beginning this month, English, Spanish, and French inquiries referencing “climate change” will have UN explanations.
Rio de Janeiro’s municipal traffic authority stated high hopes for AI to better time traffic light changes based on early findings in Israel’s Haifa and Beer-Sheva. It told Reuters that the system will be ready in a few months and that sites would be revealed soon.
Simulations suggest AI might smooth traffic flow, according to Aleksandar Stevanovic, an associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. However, he doubted that a tech firm lacking in traffic engineering skills would be able to make such software a real thing. He said, “Every year there is someone new claiming we can do wonders.”