The Department for Transport has released the findings of a study into the value of data shared between vehicles and road authorities. The 38-page document also sets out a recommended action plan for delivery including developing a “talking traffic” service in the UK.
This research, supported by Andy Graham of White Willow Consulting with Atkins and Jacobs, sets out the potential of connected vehicle data to improve journeys for all. Anonymous data generated by ‘talking traffic’ technology could be used by local and highways authorities to reduce traffic congestion, boost road maintenance and improve transport planning – all at a lower cost to the taxpayer.
The analysis identified 6 key themes for a potential strategy:
- Formation of Talking Traffic UK partnership – to consider an at-scale demonstrator of 7 key use cases.
- Establishing and exploiting national facilities to drive progress.
- Readiness of people and organisations – training and support should be provided for road authorities.
- Migration and legacy – road authorities should make the best use of their existing intelligent transport systems (ITS) while migrating to CV data.
- Business case and procurement advice should be provided for roads authorities
- National CV data service design guidance should be created to design and implement CV data services.
The DfT says this report is part of the Future of Transport programme, which aims to shape transport innovation and secure the UK’s position as a leader in the transport sector of the future.
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