Evaluation of C-ITS and Automated Driving
For the Round Table 'Effects' (organised by DITCM and Connecting Mobility) TrafficQuest has contributed to a new way of looking at the evaluation of C-ITS and Automated Driving. It is a cyclic view on evaluation that has the advantage that not only the impacts of different systems and services are determined, but that these results are also put into perspective. This can be done using the results of other experiments or of experiments under different circumstances (meta-analysis), but also by relating the results to policy goals and drawing generic conclusions about the impact on a national level or with different penetration rates (scaling). Eventually, these steps lead to new questions and hypotheses, which can be tested in new experiments. An extensive description of the evaluation circle is given in a report 'Evaluation of C-ITS and Automated Driving'.
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.