Speeding up

Traffic management solutions are improving Bengaluru’s congested roads, with a strong push toward electric vehicle ownership to reduce emissions.

Bengaluru’s fast-growing population creates a significant traffic challenge, with 1,752 new vehicles added to its roads every day, and average peak-time speeds of just 4km/h (2.5mph) in some areas.

A traffic management solution has delivered significant improvements for commuters and residents around the busy Electronics City Industrial Township Authority (ELCITA) area, and is now being showcased to other districts. The next phase of the project includes a prototype monitoring system that applies AI to traffic camera data. By calculating traffic density in images, traffic light sequencing can be altered to ease congestion. The system can also provide real-time traffic updates for drivers via an app. 

Registered vehicles and population projection in Bengaluru
Source: Transport Department, Government of Karnataka, World Population Review

Innovation is helping to reduce traffic emissions as well. Two-thirds of vehicles on Bengaluru’s roads are two-wheelers, and there are proposals to limit sales to electric models only from 2025. To support a vision to become India’s EV capital, the city is greatly expanding the number of charging points, and introducing 150 electric buses and 30 e-rickshaw stands. The green mobility revolution also includes the use of biodiesel to fuel buses. A pilot phase in 2015 saw 10 buses run on a blend of 20% biodiesel and 80% regular diesel, with a 100% biodiesel service introduced one year later. By 2018, the biodiesel bus fleet had grown to 220 vehicles.

Breakdown of vehicle types in Bengaluru, 2017
Source: Transport Department, Government of Karnataka

Bengaluru has the world’s fastest growing international airport in terms of passenger numbers, recording a 29.1% increase in 2018. The site is currently undergoing redevelopment to become a benchmark for smart airports around the world. Already working with 16 of the top 20 global airports, Siemens is partnering with the airport’s operators to deliver an extensive range of proposed projects. A cloud-based IoT operating system is set to optimize operational efficiency and passenger experience across diverse aspects such as building management and intelligent baggage handling.

Emissions from biodiesel vs. regular diesel
Source: Planning Commission of the Government of India

Bengaluru in numbers


Number of new vehicles added to Bengaluru’s roads every day

Source: Transport Department, Government of Karnataka


Kempegowda International Airport is ranked the world’s fastest growing in passenger numbers

Source: ACI World Airport Traffic Report 2019


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