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Eastern USA traffic management improvements with real-time data
More American states are now deploying real time traffic data to inform drivers of congestion and travel times.
Real time information and big data analytics are enabling increasing numbers of American states to develop traffic management systems that have more intelligence and are able to prevent the build up of problems by managing traffic flow and informing drivers.
Georgia, Alabama and Missouri are the latest three states to make use of the Nokia HERE mapping, navigation, location and probe-based traffic services to take a step closer on their route to Intelligent Transport System (ITS) deployments to improve mobility, the ecology and safety on their main routes.
The deployment in Georgia is the latest to be installed along the I-95 corridor, a route that connects Eastern seaboard states from Maine in New England to Florida in the south. Testing by the I-95 corridor coalition of departments of transportation has proven the effectiveness and performance of HERE and so the Georgia DOT decided it would also adopt the technology.
According to HERE’s Global Intelligent Transportation Solutions Director, Monali Shah, HERE supports transport agencies by providing them with data that gives them the ability to plan safe and effective movements through their networks of roads and helps them to manage traffic flow.
“As we move to connected and automated driving, dependable and accurate real time data will only increase in value for government agencies and drivers alike,” he said.
Moving towards intelligent transport
HERE has a long history spanning more than a decade of working with US DOTs on improving information flow to better inform drivers of conditions on the road. One example is the Michigan DOT, an organisation which has spent the last six years using HERE data to reduce congestion on the state’s road system as well as improving the allocation of such resources as snow clearing vehicles and highway maintenance vehicles.
MDOT’s Kirk Steudle commented that improving traffic flow in the state is an area of focus for achieving its top priority of achieving safe roads. “The data we use enables a safer road network and helps the environment because reducing congestion also reduces emissions.”
Michigan is also the focus of a project involving the state university for testing connected and autonomous vehicles at Ann Arbor’s Mcity facility. A precise, Hi-Definition map is being created of Mcity to facilitate the use of driverless and highly automated vehicles.