Urban digitization eases traffic in Hangzhou

Urban digitization eases traffic in Hangzhou

Urban digitization eases traffic in Hangzhou

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Urban digitization eases traffic in Hangzhou

Kristie Lu stout: Hangzhou is like many of China sprawling megacities—overcrowded, overdeveloped, and only growing bigger. And getting through the gridlock is more than a daily frustration. It is the major factor affecting the future economic growth.

Ye Bojie (DiDi Driver)[speaking Chinese]: I remember once it took me 40 minutes to drive three kilometers.

Kristie Lu stout: but now the solution may be coming from here in Hangzhou. It’s called City Brain developed by the Chinese technology giant Alibaba.

Wang Jian: The cities in China probably are facing more challenges than the other cities around the other world. The new technology including like Internet, including like machine intelligence give us an opportunity to solve them.

Kristie Lu stout: The man behind the City Brain is Dr. Wang Jian, Alibaba’s Technical committee chairman. He believes cloud computing and artificial intelligence will help solve this growing problem.

Wang Jian: Cloud computing is to bring the computing power to the next level. So eventually, every city is going to be dependent on the computing power, just like we dependent on our electricity.

Kristie Lu stout: Here is how City Brain works. Data from multiple sources is collected and aggregated. That data can be everything from video of intersections to Real-time GPS locations of cars and in mobile mapping apps. City Brain then analyzes the data and comes up with intelligent solutions for problems in the city like dispatching emergency vehicles and coordinating traffic signals to ease road congestion. Collecting big data in China with its nearly 1.4 billion people makes for a large number of data to analyze. But that also comes with big responsibility to consumers, says experts.

Pascale Fung (Director of the Center for AI Research Hong Kong University of Science & Technology): It’s the safety that you’d focus on both for AI and for cyber security, for automation in general. If the people you try to serve don’t trust you, you can’t do anything.

Kristie Lu stout: And here in China, one survey showed that three out of every four people worry about their privacy when it comes to AI.

Wang Jian: Every new technology when it comes out, people have the same—probably worry about that in the same way. Certainly, you know, we have to solve the privacy issue. We have to solve the security issue. That’s for sure.

Kristie Lu stout: Wang says its long-term benefits outweigh the concerns. Here in Hangzhou, it may already be working.

Ye Bojie (DiDi Driver)[speaking Chinese]: it’s much better now, the traffic is much better. It has been relieved.

Kristie Lu stout: It’s not everywhere, of course. Drivers here say some days are good, some days are bad. But just like they’ve said, life is on the road.


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