Issues related to mixed traffic

Over the past years, TrafficQuest has explored the impacts on traffic flow and traffic management of the introduction of automated vehicles on our roads. In this area, much research is still needed and TrafficQuest has identified research topics and questions that deserve attention in the coming years. One memo describes the regulatory and strategic issues of automated driving for road authorities and planners. The other memo indicates how the possible impacts of mixed traffic (consisting of automated and manually driven vehicles) can be described and quantified, using measurements and simulations.

Analysis of near future bottlenecks

overzicht_knelpunten_2016Rijkswaterstaat has asked TrafficQuest the question which future bottlenecks Rijkswaterstaat can expect in their road network the coming years (period 2016-2018) and what traffic management measures are needed to deal with these new bottlenecks. To investigate this an inquiry was held with the different traffic control centres to locate these bottlenecks. Their judgement and expert knowledge was used for this. Eventually, 14 bottleneck locations were selected and this selection was based on the existence of a clear road section which caused the congestion and the availability of data. After the selection the Data and Information Management section of Rijkswaterstaat generated information for these roadsections and accompanying routes. The data was analysed by TrafficQuest and reported in a memo (only in Dutch).

Time and space for the 'silver driver'

In 2040, 40% of the Dutch population will be 65 years and above. In the Netherlands, this change in demography is often referred to as “the silver society”. Many of these older citizens will be active for longer than before, and this includes participation in the traffic system, hence the term “silver driver”. A silver driver has different needs that the average driver, in terms of road and traffic management facilities. For this reason, Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch National Road Authority, has set up an innovation programme to make it easier for silver drivers to keep driving safely and efficiently. 

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