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Can Japanese tech ease traffic jams in India's Silicon Valley?

By Andrea Lo, CNN

Updated 1:44 AM ET, Mon December 10, 2018
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One of the biggest tech hubs in the region, the Indian city of Bangalore has been undergoing major development since the 1980s and 1990s. Namas Bhojani/Bloomberg/Getty Images
Its population shot up from 2.9 million in 1981 to 8.5 million in 2011. In September 2018, the city had 7.7 million registered vehicles. Aijaz Rahi/AP
Experts say that the growth of Bangalore's IT sector has contributed to its traffic issues. JICA
This is because the city's infrastructure has not kept up with the major population rise. JICA
In 2015, Bangalore authorities asked the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), a government development body, to help tackle its congestion problems. JICA has worked with other countries on similar projects. JICA
JICA sent teams to Bangalore to assess the traffic and identify sites where an intelligent transport system (ITS) could be installed. JICA
The ITS will use different technologies to collect data on traffic conditions -- which is sent to a traffic control center in real time. JICA
A smart traffic light system will be installed at some of the most heavily congested intersections in the city. "Green waves" mean that if car that drives through a green light at one junction it should meet with another green at the next. JICA