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Roads authorities and companies team up on traffic management

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Six road authorities from four countries, five international traffic information and service providers, one car manufacturer and two ITS companies are co-operating to improve national traffic management and information.

Tests are being done with a fleet of more than 6,000 road users in the region of Amsterdam with more than 1,000 road users in the regions of Antwerp, Copenhagen and Munich. The European Commission will support and co-fund the cooperation and trials.

The services will cover smart routing, actual speed and lane advice, local information and hazardous warnings and improved roadside traffic management measures. Such services will be jointly provided by road authorities, service providers and – in the not-too-distant future – manufacturers of self-driving vehicles. They will be based on a mutual exchange of traffic management data and on a coordination of public roadside traffic management measures and private in-car navigation services

Those behind the initiative say the ultimate goal of the new cooperation and data sharing is to achieve new interactive and effective services on traffic management and traffic information. This will lead to smoother, safer and more sustainable traffic. The expectation is that the cooperation will also lead to more business opportunities for the private partners and more cost-effective traffic management for the public authorities. Closer cooperation of all parties involved in road traffic is an important step towards achieving interactive traffic management and self-driving cars.

Participants in the project are: BASt (German Federal Highway Research Institute), Be-Mobile (Flitsmeister), BMW Group, Brand MKRS creative agency (Google Maps, Waze), City of Copenhagen, Flemish Region in Belgium, HERE Technologies, MAPtm, Rijkswaterstaat (representing City of Amsterdam, National Data Warehouse for Traffic Information, Province of Noord-Holland, Transport Authority Amsterdam), Technolution, TomTom Group.


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