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How China’s meshing ride-sharing data with smart traffic lights to ease road congestion

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Bessie Scavotto
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p Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi Chuxing is lending its data to authorities as part of a new initiative to ease traffic congestion.

/p p Earlier this year, Didi partnered with the traffic police department of Jinan, the capital of Eastern China’s Shandong province, which claims a population of more than 7 million.

Jingshi Road is one of the most heavily congested thoroughfares in the city, and in March, as part of a trial to help get cars moving more quickly, the city installed smart traffic signals.

/p p However, feeding into this is a vast swathe of real-time road data provided by Didi, which analyzes its gargantuan army of drivers to see where traffic is moving and where it is likely to become congested.

/p p According to data provided by Didi, delays caused by congestion during rush hour dropped nearly 11 percent.

/p p Didi Chuxing was formed in 2015 following a merger between local rivals Didi Dache and Kuaidi Dache.

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