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‘It will send bill to you’ – VIO to install artificial intelligence in Abuja’s intersections


The Directorate of Road Traffic Services (DRTS) FCT, said arrangements had been concluded to install artificial intelligence (AI) in some strategic intersections in Abuja to ensure seamless free flow of traffic.

Artificial intelligence (AI) is also called machine intelligence or robot.

It’s one of the evolving and rapidly growing technologies, bringing revolutionary changes and providing technical edge in almost all facets of human endeavour.

It facilitates to build programmes intelligent machines and robots that can act and think humans.

They are deployed these days to carry out certain responsibilities, especially to quell riots, crisis, and even outright war.

Public Relations Officer of FCT DRTS also known as Vehicles Inspection Office, VIO, Kalu Emetu, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Abuja.

Emetu said that the reason behind the development was largely because of the complaints the service received on daily basis about some of its personnel in the course of carrying out their lawful duties.

According to him, with machines in place, no doubt it will go a long way in reducing the number of human to human contacts.

“The case has always been that people bring one complaint or the other to the service by themselves about some officers.

“But when you have technology aiding some of these assignments, one will notice that it will definitely take off the stress from the motorists coming to the office for one reason or the other about our personnel.

“So, with machines in place, it does not know who you are, neither does it know your status in the society. It will not say I hate your face and I must book you.

“And the moment you are booked, it will send the bill to you and you will be forced to pay whether you like it or not,“ he said.

The PRO explained that all the efforts were geared towards avoiding unnecessary human to human contacts that would have resulted to break down of law and order often times.

He explained further that the project would also go a long way in aiding seamless free flow of traffic in the FCT.

Emetu promised that the service would extend the project to the satellite towns within the FCT, to ensure free flow of traffic in those areas.

He expressed optimism that by the time the project finally came in stream, it would impact positively on the lives of the residents of the FCT.

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