Transport Technology Forum says connected vehicles boost productivity and increase safety
The Transport Technology Forum from the UK highlighted a range of benefits connected vehicles deliver to travellers in the new report: “State of the Connected Nation”, which explains how the technology can boost productivity and increase safety.
The report summarises a range of Department for Transport funded C-ITS Pilot projects which include research on smart parking, using new data to address road maintenance, efficient ways to reduce traffic congestion and emissions, and also providing better information and intelligence. It also highlights the issue that most of the technology deployed previously is no longer delivering the traffic benefits it could. This could be due to the low maintenance, for e.g. sensors in traffic control systems or journey time capture equipment. Existing challenges like storage of data and lack of resources and skills in local authorities are mentioned. The report identifies the need for cooperation between authorities across the country to gather more information on benefits, which could help to boost investment in future mobility.
The report presented few recommendations, which include moving from paper-based to digital traffic regulations, better support for procuring technology and services, and making the entire roads maintenance chain able to gather more data from vehicles.
TTF Chair Steve Gooding in his foreword said: “In what way, precisely, is this new invention going to help make the world a better place, are you sure it really works, and could anyone actually afford it? Happily, this report sets out to answer all of those questions… these are not the sort of multi-million-pound projects that tend to grab the headlines, rather they demonstrate that more modest budgets can deliver practical options for tackling real-world issues – including the ever-present challenge of cutting the cost of asset management.”
To read the Transport Technology Forum report, click here.
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