TfL has outlined plans for trialling new pedestrian crossing sensors to help make it easier and safer for people to cross the road throughout the capital.
TfL says the introduction of Pedestrian Split Cycle Offset Optimisation Technique, or ‘pedestrian SCOOT’, is a world first.
The system’s video camera technology automatically detects how many pedestrians are waiting at a crossing. This enables traffic signal timings to be adjusted automatically to extend the green pedestrian invitation to cross phase when large numbers of people are waiting, allowing more people to cross the road.
In addition, TfL is developing ‘call cancel’ technology which can detect when a pedestrian who has pushed the crossing button has either crossed before the signal goes green or walks away, and therefore cancels the pedestrian crossing phase.
This latest initiative follows TfL’s successful development of pedestrian countdown technology, which tells pedestrians how long they still have left to cross the road once the green pedestrian phase has gone out.
Boris Johnson, mayor of London, said: “This really is a fantastic example of how London is leading the way by using 21st century technology to help make it easier for people to get around.
“Innovation like this is key to keeping London moving efficiently and making our roads safer for everyone to use.”
Leon Daniels, managing director of surface transport, said: “These new trials of pedestrian detection technology will allow our traffic signals to become even more intelligent, bringing huge benefits to those waiting to cross the road where there is heavy pedestrian demand.”
The first trials of pedestrian SCOOT will take place this summer on crossings outside Balham and Tooting Bec Underground stations.
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