Moscow to introduce a virtual traffic jam map

Moscow to introduce a virtual traffic jam map
The map is connected to video cameras to display traffic on Moscow streets in real-time online

During the Moscow Urban Forum, the Moscow Government’s Traffic Management Centre presented a new service: a virtual reality map that displays the city’s major traffic problems. This is an intelligent transport system presented in 3D.

We are continuing to develop Moscow’s intelligent transport system, including by adding unique services. The latest equipment provides us with the most precise data on the city’s traffic. We have presented this innovation to forum participants, who had the opportunity to put on glasses and “fly” over Moscow in a helicopter. The map is connected to video cameras that display traffic on Moscow streets in real-time: traffic jams, their parameters, length and the time required to traverse difficult spots,” Traffic Management Centre Head Vadim Yuryev said.

The new service is based on a dynamic model, a road traffic management system. The system uploads information on the traffic load from vehicle detectors and photo and video recording complexes, as well as from surface public transport and special equipment. This allows the system to create a traffic organisation plan and provide information on all repair work being done on the city’s streets.

At present, the city has over a thousand mobile and fixed photo and video recording complexes. They are reliable detectors that provide the most precise information on the city’s traffic. They capture some 20 million trips per day.

We are currently working on the technical aspects to make the new service available to the public. We plan to provide open access to the map by year-end,” Mr Yuryev said.

The Moscow Urban Forum will run from 30 June through 3 July. It also features the Moscow Transport stand, which presents interactive elements to forum guests. For instance, visitors can take a virtual tour to see the Moscow Belt Railway, which is under construction. 3D glasses will allow guests to visit stations of the Second Ring Metro Line and transport hubs.