Global CO2 emissions savings from intelligent traffic management systems are expected to reach 205 million metric tons (MMT) by 2027, according to a new study.
This represents a growth of 41%, up from just 145.7 MMT in 2022, and equates to a figure equal to almost twice the CO2 emissions from inland transport in the UK in 2019.
Reducing congestion through optimized traffic control will be the main influencing factor. Intelligent traffic management uses digital technologies to manage traffic, based on real-time data to reduce congestion and minimize emissions.
The new research Intelligent Management: Use Cases, Regional Analysis and Forecast 2022-2027from Juniper Research, identified the environmental benefits of intelligent traffic management systems as “very compelling”, including significant reductions in congestion and the prioritization of greener modes of transport.
The report identified smart intersections as responsible for reductions in driving, with hours spent in traffic expected to decline by an average of 36 hours per year per motorist globally by 2027.
Overall, this suggests a 250% increase in intelligent traffic management system adoption over the five-year period and 4.7 billion hours of congestion saved by then.