Alright, so get this – engineers over at a major tech company were able to clear out the Colosseum in just fifteen minutes. I mean, this thing, built over two thousand years ago, is still standing strong today as the largest amphitheater in the world. And its design is still effective for moving huge crowds in and out of entertainment venues. But here’s the thing – get out of the arena, and you’re still stuck dealing with the traffic jam in the streets around it.
Now, the folks in Rome were able to tackle this issue by banning private vehicles from the street that passes right by the Colosseum. But what about if you’re not in Rome? What if you’re at the Superbowl, or at a Taylor Swift concert? That’s where simulation models come into play. These things, sometimes called “digital twins,” create virtual replicas of real-world transportation networks. This helps traffic experts figure out how to reduce congestion, avoid accidents, and just overall improve the experience for everyone involved.
So, check this out – we actually used these models to look at the impact of different traffic routes, test evacuation plans, and show simulated traffic in Maps Immersive View. We partnered up with the Seattle Department of Transportation to develop simulation-based traffic guidance plans. And get this, it reduced average trip travel times by 7 minutes for vehicles leaving the stadium area during big events. It’s some pretty cool stuff.
We’ve also developed this new simulation model of the area around Seattle’s stadiums. And get this, we’re using all this data to recreate traffic situations as closely as possible. It’s a great tool.
Overall, it’s really cool to see the power of simulations in action. They’re allowing us to identify and quantify the effects of different traffic guidance policies, and ultimately make the roads a little less hectic. And hopefully, by making these models more scalable, we can start using them in more cities and cases all around the world. So big shoutout to all the partners and teammates who made this happen. It’s some game-changing stuff.