TfL have just started trialling a new screen at Shoreditch High Street that shows how busy each carriage of incoming trains are.
The idea is that the screens will ease congestion, as commuters are better able to choose which carriage to board — or even wait for a quieter train altogether, if the first one appears too crowded.
The clever technology uses a combination of different data sources to estimate crowd levels, and with the use of predictive modelling, gets more intelligent with time. You can even view the information via your own device here — handy, in case you'd like to check crowd levels before making the journey. It's also a bit mesmerising to watch it refresh automatically if you want to waste some time.
Unfortunately, the technology is only available at Shoreditch High Street at the moment, but expect to see this rolled out across the rest of the network if successful.
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