California awards ‘first’ generative AI contract in state’s history

The software firm Inrix on Wednesday announced it was selected by the California Department of Transportation to provide a proof of concept for its generative artificial intelligence traffic software to improve safety on the state’s roadways. According to the department, it’s the state’s first award of a technology contract that involves the use of generative AI.

The software, Inrix Compass, uses the company’s real-time and historical traffic data — along with statewide datasets on crashes and roadway inventories — to assess risk and make recommendations on projects. According to Inrix, the technology will allow California transportation officials to make predictions about every functional road in the state, from rural highways to busy city thoroughfares.

According to the company’s announcement, users will also be able to ask questions about roadway areas that have certain risk factors. Inrix claims the system can recognize anomalous safety patterns and that it can recommend changes to operations to improve safety and reduce traffic.

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