City of York Council is to trial a new solution to managing traffic signals by using information from connected vehicles rather than roadside infrastructure.
The project, called Eboracum, aims to improve junctions on the A59 corridor in York using commercial Floating Vehicle Data to improve signal performance.
Those behind the project believe it should also give transport planners a better understanding of how to practically migrate from fixed infrastructure to connected vehicles whilst exploring wifi, 5G and G5 radio performance in semi rural areas.
They’ll also look at linking to vehicles by OBD2 to identify vehicle performance, collecting data to “help plan the future of York¹s transport” and “examine the evolution path for a typical UK Local Authority.”
The project uses data from INRIX to underpin the management of six junctions on the A59 between the city centre and the city boundary towards Harrogate.
Initially traffic managers will make the phasing changes in the control room but the plan is for this to become automatic in due course.
Darren Capes, the city’s Transport Systems Manager said, “I am delighted we are able to trial so many innovative ways of improving signal performance with new data in York, building on the City’s major investment in full fibre communications. As a small city with limited resources we see the use of new technologies as key to future network management. I welcome the Department for Transport funding to allow Cities like York to undertake research in areas such as this and we will be sharing our findings with other UK authorities via the Transport Technology Forum.”
(Picture shows Darren Capes and Cllr Peter Dew of City of York Council)