Hangzhou traffic can grind to standstill in bad weather.

Alibaba Cloud AliCloud , a subsidiary of e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, is extending application of its artificial intelligence technology into real-time traffic prediction in a collaboration with the Hangzhou government to alleviate road congestion.

AliCloud is supporting the government s Hangzhou City Brain plan with its AI and big data analytics capabilities which can carry out real-time traffic forecast, the company announced at a cloud computing conference in Hangzhou on Thursday.

Under a smart traffic management system, AliCloud is able to provide real-time traffic recommendations and travel routes based on its video and image recognition technologies making use of big data.

Jack Ma, chairman of Alibaba Group during the Alibaba Cloud Computing Conference in Hangzhou on October 13, 2016.

A pilot programme started in Hangzhou s Xiaoshan district in September after the group of 20 summit when strict traffic controls were in place.

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