Knowledge gaps for automatic driving in normal traffic
TrafficQuest keeps up with innovations in traffic management and therefore within this scope is occupied with the question how automatic driving influences traffic flow and traffic management. To explore this topic TrafficQuest wrote a note about all the things an automatic vehicle encounters while driving on a Dutch motorway. First in general, but also specifically when this vehicle drives on a busy weaving section and has to change a couple of lanes. This exploration produced a number of challenges, both for road operators as for car or truck manufacturers, and a list of research questions to TrafficQuest likes to call for attention. The memo is in Dutch and can be downloaded here.
First regional meeting on urban traffic management
Friday April 1st, 2016 the first of three regional meetings on urban traffic management was held in the Traffic Innovation Centre in Helmond. The meetings are organised by the Platform 'Road Authorities meet Road Authorities' (WOW), CROW, TrafficQuest and the National Council on Traffic Management (LVMB). The goals are to bundle knowledge and expertise on the field of urban traffic management, to agree on national standards and to show the effectiveness of urban traffic management to policy and decision makers. More information (in Dutch) can be found of the website of the Platform WOW.
Regional meetings on urban traffic management
Urban traffic management will play a bigger role in the near future. But which role is that? And how can urban traffic management contribute to facilitate the increasing and changing demand for mobility?
Different organisations concluded that the potential of urban traffic management is not fully utilised. More attention and more knowledge is needed for different topics such as parking, bicycle traffic and temporary situation for road works and events. That is why Platform WOW, CROW, TrafficQuest and the National Council on Traffic Management (LVMB) decided to start a working group 'Urban Traffic Management'. Three regional meetings are planned to discuss topics and questions.
Traffic assignment and simulation models
In the Netherlands traffic models are often used to determine the impacts of measures aiming at improving traffic flow operations. These measures can vary from new infrastructure and traffic management to demand management and can have goals related to accessibility, but also to safety or liveability. For the different applications traffic models of various different kinds are available. From models that assign traffic flows in the whole of the Netherlands in 2040 to models that simulate the interaction between vehicles on a stretch of road for the next second. The state-of-the-art report "Traffic assignment and simulation models" tries to introduce structure, using the well-know TrafficQuestions are used: What are we talking about? What is the State-of-the-Practice in the Netherlands and other countries? What is the benefit? What are developments and is the perspective for the future? The report does not pretend to be complete and if something is missing or is not stated correctly, please contact us.