Highways authorities across the UK are being warned they’re missing out on great improvements to traffic management because they’re not co-operating enough with suppliers of data to connected cars.
A senior manager at Swarco, Andrew Walker, has told Smart Highways editor Paul Hutton that trials across Europe have shown the technology works, but that there are still holes in the data that authorities could fill.
Speaking at the JCT Traffic Signals Symposium Andrew said, “the technology, the systems, the capability of the technology to do something is there. In terms of ourselves as part of the ITS industry, the auto manufacturers, the app suppliers and data providers, what we really need is the data that the local authorities and the highways authorities have so we can deliver that in a controlled manner to the motorists.”
Talking about trials he’s been involved in he added, “what we have demonstrated is we now have systems and integration in place where we can extract information direct from Urban Traffic Control systems in terms of what individual routes and junctions are doing and how they’re operating in real time which can be delivered to in-vehicle devices or built in in-vehicle display for connected vehciles which manufacturers are starting to deliver in quite large quantities now.”
And he said that they work: “we’ve shown through a number of studies that Swarco’s been involved in in the European market and in the US that there are some significant benefits both in terms of journey time and in reducing driver stress… and also on emissions reduction and fuel consumption. In fact there are some instances whereby linking the onboard equipment of vehicles to either the traffic signal controller locally or the central management system, you can link into the way the stop-start engine management system operates on the vehicle so that regulates the emissions at significant junctions.”
You can hear the whole interview with Andrew Walker here: