Visit traffic control room Rotterdam
The topic ‘urban traffic management’ has been getting more attention lately because of the increasing (re-)urbanisation. TrafficQuest is exploring the subject and in that context the TrafficQuest team paid a visit to the municipal traffic control room (‘verkeersregiekamer’) of the city of Rotterdam. Their team presented the state of practice and the latest developments in Rotterdam. There is an extensive monitoring and traffic management program in place. Much of that is concentrated in the traffic control room. TrafficQuest presented three topics related to urban traffic management that the team has worked on this year. The discussion also touched upon how TrafficQuest can help Rotterdam with their traffic management activities. It was a morning well spent, in which we learned much from each other. A knowledge exchange worth repeating!
Cooperative systems and automated driving in 2014
Cooperative systems and automated driving are hot topics. Many parties are involved or want to be involved in the development of systems for these subjects. They are also high on the list of the team that is responsible for the realisation of the ‘Connecting Mobility’ programme of the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment. On May 27, 2014 TrafficQuest presented to this team the state-of-the-art in cooperative systems and automated driving (the presentation is in Dutch). In 2011 TrafficQuest wrote a report about these topics, but much has happened since and a large part of the information in that report is already outdated. The presentation gives an overview of the developments in this areas in recent years. This information will be used to update the report.
There is definitily a large need for traffic information. On all sorts of moments and for all kinds of occasions road users can use information about the best time to depart, the best route to choose or even the best travel mode to take. But for the use of information by the road users the quality of the information is essential. Is the quality too low, than the road user will disregard this information or advice and doesn't the dissemination of information have any effect on the traffic conditions in the network. In The Netherlands traffic information is distributed via several systems and channels. In the report Informeren (only available in Dutch) this topic is discussed: what is going on in The Netherlands and elsewhere and what are the developments.
TrafficQuest drinks success
April 30th TrafficQuest organised drinks to celebrate its 5th anniversary. During the drinks it was announced by board member André van Lammeren that TrafficQuest wil publish a booklet on the traffic situation in The Netherlands. The booklet will be availabe at the end of May, but only in Dutch. After 5 years the agreement which formalised the cooperation was continued for 3 more years. The signing of this agreement was also celebrated. A lot of people attended the drinks and met one another.