In Activity 6 new approaches, new technologies and new systems are being tested in real-life conditions. These technologies and systems should be able to improve effectiveness of traffic management and traffic information for freight transport, paving the way for future large-scale deployments. Such services, tested on a local scale and aimed to serve truck drivers and freight transport, are expected to result in significant benefits in terms of more complete and timely traffic information, reduction of congestion, shorter times of transport operations, optimization of parking areas utilization, pollution reduction, safety and security.
In total 5 pilots are carried out, one in Italy and four in The Netherlands:
A pilot on testing new information systems is carried out in Interporto Verona. Among others, two information systems will be merged, one for rail traffic and one for road traffic. In addition, a new concept of a buffer area for trucks waiting for delayed trains will be tested, existing management software will be extended with new features and IT systems will be tested improving the cooperation with ports and rail operators. The implementation of the DATEX NODE is being completed. First results will be available at the end of 2019.
A pilot on Truck Platooning will take place from the Rotterdam region to the German border, testing aspects such as traffic safety, fuel savings, traffic behaviour, driver experience, commercial aspects, insurance, reliability of technology etc. First results can be found HERE.
A Tyre Pressure System for trucks is being piloted on the A16 in the Rotterdam region. Traffic jams caused by breakdown of vehicles is caused by tyre problems of trucks in 11% of all cases. During the pilot, the driver of the truck receives feedback (positive or negative) through a roadside information panel or via information to the truck company. During the pilot, it will be investigated to what extent truck companies and drivers can be influenced to improve their tyre pressure. First results can be found HERE.
The pilot on Floating Car Data aims at getting answers about the matureness of Floating Car Data and learn from the collaboration between public and private partners. Rijkswaterstaat will learn about the possibilities of their data and develop a data-service which is most efficient to be incorporated in the Rijkswaterstaat system architecture. First results can be found HERE.
The Traffic Innovation Centre Helmond will carry out a pilot in which a series of new technologies (FCD, CAN-bus data, social media, smart cameras, …) will be tested. The new data will be analysed in order to see how these new technologies will be able to contribute to Smart Mobility and if/how it will make the traffic management process more efficient and effective.