C-ITS and traffic safety
Several cooperative ITS services (C-ITS) are currently being tested in the Netherlands. With these in-car systems and services road users are informed, warned for certain situations on the road and advised to change their driving behaviour. It is expected that a lot of these services will be implemented in the coming years, not only on the motorway network but also in cities. Due to the experimental character of these services and their number and diversity, it is difficult to draw general conclusions about the (potential) effects. A lot about the impacts is still unclear. Rijkwaterstaat has asked TrafficQuest to do a quick scan on the effects of C-ITS, especially on road safety. The available literature was read and analysed and the numbers that were mentioned in these studies were summarised. The results of this quick scan are described in this memo (in Dutch).
National Traffic Congress 2016
The Natonal Traffic Congress 2016 was attended by more than 400 traffic and mobility professionals. They listened and talked about among others urban mobility, road design and big data. TrafficQuest had 2 contributions this year, both papers for discussion (in Dutch). One paper deals with the requirements from road authorities that can be specified for C-ITS applications, which are now in development everywhere. The paper discusses new control possibilities that become available if information is exchanged between traffic signal control systems and road users. In the session the persons present could vote on propositions that were put forward. Based on the outcome the discussion was held.
Visit French delegation from Cerema
On October 5th and 6th 2016, a delegation from Cerema (‘Centre d’études et d’expertise sur les risques, l’environnement, la mobilité et l’amenagement’, a French public resource centre for scientific and technical expertise), visited the Netherlands to learn about the traffic management systems in place in the Netherlands, and the innovative measures that are being tested. The two days of the visit were filled with presentations and discussions at TrafficQuest (to what extent are the approaches similar in the Netherlands and France, and where do the approaches differ?) and experiencing current traffic management and innovative measures on the road and in the traffic management centres in Rhoon and Helmond. Besides experiencing automated incident detection, variable speed limits, and peak hour, bus and truck lanes, we also tested the shockwave damping apps on the A58 and an automated vehicle that was following a virtual predecessor.
Traffic in the Netherlands 2016
For the 3rd time we publish as TrafficQuest our annual report 'Traffic in the Netherlands. Also this year we discuss in detail figures and trends in traffic and zoom in on a number of specific cases: the opening of the A4 Midden-Delfland motorway and expected bottlenecks in the near future on the A2 motorway between junctions Deil and Empel. Of course we also discuss the major and important topics of 2016 and we deal with a number of relevant scientific and professional publicatons. The topic of the coming years is smart mobility. The Netherlands wish to play an important role in this development, for example to test mobility solutions in practise. We describe some pilot projects in this field en also mention a number of partnerships that have the task to coordinate all these developments. Just like previous years this publications is send to you with NM magazine, but can also be downloaded here. Have fun reading it!