To help in improving the planning of roads and public transportation, Kyoto University and IBM's Tokyo Research Laboratory have jointly come up with a system which can stimulate in predicting the urban transport situations.
This new system addresses the booming transport congestion problem, by driving transport measures, like changing mass-transit providing with more trains and buses, optimising traffic lights, route planning to reduce jams and some other long-term solutions which are required in the metropolitan area. The system help in stimulating traffic information like traffic's current status, alignment of roads to drivers, the speed and positions of the vehicles, between cars along with the curvature and gradient of road on which the specific vehicle is running.
Apart from the traffic simulation, the system platform is also used for evacuation guidance simulations, emissions trading market simulations, auction simulations and other simulations.
The IBM Zonal Agent-based Simulation Environment platform which have been developed by the IBM's Tokyo Research Laboratory and the IBM Mega Traffic Simulator are the two new systems which runs on top of the IBM Zonal Agent-based Simulation Environment platform.
IBM claims that by the help of the data generated by this new system, the city planners will be able to model the driver's reaction to prevent potential accidents. Along with that, by addition of some other attributes to the model, the system can also simulate traffic conditions which are environmental friendly like reducing carbon dioxide.
By shifting priority from automobiles to public transport systems, the city of Kyoto tries to make the city 'a town happy on foot' so that the walkers appreciate the charms of the city.