Los Angeles Is The First Major City To Synchronize What?
Answer: Traffic Lights
In early 2013, the city of Los Angeles became the first metropolis in the world to synchronize all their traffic lights in an ambitious attempt to better manage sprawling gridlock. The system uses a vast network of magnetic loop sensors embedded in streets and highways and hundreds of traffic cameras to analyze the flow of traffic. All this information is fed into a computing array that constantly crunches the numbers and adjusts the city’s 4,500 traffic lights.
Since the implementation of the city-wide system, a five mile commute within the city limits has been reduced from 20 minutes to 17.2 minutes.
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