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NHAI Signs MoU with IIIT Delhi to Enhance Road Safety Using Artificial Intelligence

In a bid to enhance road safety, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Indraprastha Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) Delhi, a technical university established by the Government of National Capital Territory (NCT). This collaboration aims to leverage Artificial Intelligence (AI) to improve the availability and condition of road signs on National Highways, covering approximately 25,000 kilometers.

Project Scope and Objectives

IIIT Delhi will conduct extensive surveys to collect imagery and other relevant data related to road signages along selected stretches of National Highways. The primary objective is to gather comprehensive information on the availability and condition of road signs.

Data Processing and AI Deployment

The collected data will be processed using AI for accurate identification and classification of road signs. This process will result in a geo-stamped inventory of existing road signs, including their categorization and structural condition.

Gap Analysis and Recommendations

IIIT Delhi will perform a gap analysis by comparing survey findings with the requirements specified in the approved road signage plans. This study will also address the latest Codal Provisions relevant to high-speed corridors, ensuring enhanced safety standards.

Leveraging Technology for Road Safety

By harnessing AI and Geographic Information Systems (GIS), NHAI aims to significantly improve road safety for all National Highway users. This initiative reflects NHAI’s commitment to embracing innovation and adopting advanced technologies for better road management and safety.

About NHAI: Key Points in Short

Full Name: National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)

Established: 1988

Parent Agency: Ministry of Road Transport and Highways, Government of India

Objective: Development, maintenance, and management of national highways


  • Implementing the National Highways Development Project (NHDP)
  • Ensuring the efficient movement of goods and passengers across India

Key Functions

  • Construction and expansion of national highways
  • Maintenance and toll collection
  • Enhancing road safety measures

Technological Initiatives

  • Use of advanced technologies like GIS and AI for road safety and infrastructure management
  • Collaboration with technical institutions and industry partners for innovation in highway management


Significant improvement in the quality and reach of India’s highway network, contributing to economic growth and regional connectivity.

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