No more queuing up on a motorway where traffic jam has blocked both lanes. No more annoying waiting for the bus since you will know exactly when your ride is there. No need to drive around the city looking for parking place since you already know where to find one. And you can even forebode where the roads are beginning to freeze and choose another way. Because you have all the information needed. Because traffic has turned smart.
Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS) gather together a broad range of information that improves the performance and safety of the transportation infrastructure. Traffic conditions and any signs of irregularities are transferred in real-time enabling a better management of traffic flow. This means that road users can get traffic and weather updates quickly, and plan their movements accordingly. The public transport will be more lucrative with real-time timetables and easy to access route information services. Automated incident detection can lead to quicker responses. At its best, ITS can reduce congestion, optimize the traffic conditions and even save lives.
With globalization the need for mobility increases heavily. It can lead to severe air and noise pollution. Smart traffic can have beneficial effects on these environmental problems by helping people to reach their destinations more quickly and directly.
For some reason we are not always at our best when driving. With intelligent transport systems we can move around more safely and with ease. We can eventually be smart in traffic.
Laura Niittylä, Mattersoft, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jarno Kanninen, Mattersoft, email: email@example.com