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Australian trial seeks to better manage truck movements

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A new trial in Sydney is seeking to remedy traffic congestion by better managing the flow of trucks, with more than 100 participating freight vehicles fitted with Cohda Wireless technology to allow them to effectively talk to traffic lights, keeping the light green as they approach so that they keep moving through the intersection as opposed to having to slow down, stop and pull off again.

Cohda Wireless’s connected vehicle technology is being applied in the initiative with Transport for New South Wales in conjunction with the Roads and Maritime Services,  

Cohda Wireless chief engineer Fabien Cure said, “We have all experienced the frustration of being stuck behind a truck as it slowly grinds up through the gears once the light turns green.  Sometimes the light turns red again before we even reach the intersection.  By coordinating traffic lights and trucks we hope to gain evidence of improvements to the flow of traffic on these roads.”

Cohda Wireless will be working closely with Roads and Maritime and Transport for New South Wales to analyse the results over the three-month period of the trial.

“The results of the trial will be of great interest to a global audience of city transport authorities as it will test whether traffic flow in a defined corridor has improved, the CO2 footprint of the specific intersections has reduced and the amount of fuel saved by the trucks involved” added Mr Cure.

The trial site consists of 40 kms (25 miles) of important freight routes in Pennant Hills, Parramatta and King Georges roads, some of the busiest thoroughfares in the region.

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“Our technology can be deployed in any city in the world and we invite road transport authorities to speak to us if they are interested in improving traffic flow on their roads,” added Mr. Cure.

You can hear more about this on the recent Talking Transport podcast from the ITS America Annual Meeting in Detroit, sponsored by 3M.

 
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