The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment together with regional and local authorities and national and international companies jointly invest €90 million up to 2020 in the Partnership Talking Traffic. The partnership with the traffic industry, telecommunications and internet companies, and automotive companies has been set up to develop and supply innovative traffic applications in the next five years.
Be-Mobile, as the only foreign partner that signed the Partnership Talking Traffic, shows that Belgian expertise in mobility is very extensive. This partnership will provide additional funding to Be-Mobile to go even further in the search for solutions to the traffic of the future problematic. Be-Mobile has in recent years invested heavily in the development of traffic information to traffic optimization.
The ultimate goal is to ensure a better traffic flow through real-time information exchange between road users and traffic systems. To this end, the partners will jointly create intelligent applications to make vehicles and road users smarter. They will provide guidance and support on the way to road users, and in the near future also to vehicles, eg. ambulances or traffic lights to communicate with surrounding vehicles “in-car”. This increases their ability to anticipate traffic situations, which in turn improves traffic flows and safety. The new applications will be seen in practice – on the road and inside vehicles – as from the summer of 2017.
That’s good for the accessibility, durability, safety and quality of life in the busiest regions, both on highways and in cities. And prepares us for self-driving vehicles and smart cities of the near future. The Dutch C-ITS (Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems) applications use cellular technology in current and future telecommunications networks (4G, LTE/-V and 5G).
The new technologies will be introduced step by step until 2020. The first results are expected in the summer of 2017. Earlier projects on a smaller scale showed a 5 to 24 percent reduction in travel times, emissions and accident numbers. Research has shown that the cost to society can be slashed by around 90 million euros every year with the use of continuously adjusting traffic signal systems at intersections.
Specific examples of Talking Traffic use cases:
- Maximum speed
The driver always sees the maximum speed that applies to the stretch of road where he is at that moment
- Potentially dangerous situations
The driver receives timely information about any current and potentially dangerous situation on the route that is expected to inconvenience the driver
Some groups of road users are given priority at traffic lights if certain conditions are met.
- Bringing traffic-light information into the vehicle
Road users approaching a traffic light and stopping there receive up-to-date information from that traffic light.
- Optimising traffic flows
As data from vehicles (type of vehicle, location, direction of travel, speed, destination) becomes available, the current and future amount of traffic at an intersection or stretch of road. This allows the traffic to use the road even more efficiently as the traffic-light control process is optimised in real time.
- Parking information
The road user receives up-to-date parking information and is able to adjust his route accordingly.