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10 Ways Intelligent Transportation Makes a Difference

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Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
5/30/2014 11:52:33 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: football congestion
Thanks, Susan, for locating that added bit of color. 

There are some venues in DC notorious for their molasses-like car egress after an event (the horribly named JiffyLube Live comes to mind) and others that are remarkably efficient (like Wolf Trap) and you're out before you know it. Must depend on the landscape, number of roads in and out, number of traffic-guiding people pointing the way, etc. What I'm musing about, though, is the extent to which sensors might "fix" an inefficiently designed venue, or conversely, whether sensors might make an already effiicient venue moreso or if there is a point of diminishing returns.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
5/30/2014 4:33:42 AM
User Rank Blogger
Re: football congestion
@Amy, this was the most I could find on that Camp Nou "intervention". Sensefields, the company that installed the sensors etc., posted a brief blog about it:

This solution consisted of five stations with 22 sensors strategically-located in critical lanes to measure occupancy levels. This information allow the detection of traffic congestions and the dynamic management of traffic lights to prevent major congestions during peak hours, football matches and other unpredictable events.

Terry Sweeney
Terry Sweeney  
5/29/2014 12:38:43 PM
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The black boxes
I'm glad to see the emphasis the transportation industry is giving these Electronic On-Board Recorders (EOBRs). There was a horrific crash here in California several weeks ago, in which a FedEx truck crossed the median of a major interstate and collided with a school bus filled with college-bound high school kids; 11 people were killed. Both the school bus and the FedEx truck had "black boxes," but both were damaged in the ensuing fire and the data were unuseable.

My question: Would EOBRs be relaying their info to the cloud (or elsewhere) in real time? Or are these units being designed to withstand heat and other hostile conditions?

Amy Rogers Nazarov
Amy Rogers Nazarov  
5/29/2014 9:26:36 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: football congestion
See, Susan's comment made me think about all the great potential of teensy little sensors to diminish traffic backups. But Alan's latest post has dashed my hopes to the ground. 

Would love to see a case study of how the Camp Nou solution works, whose sensors are embedded in the roadways, and what failsafe maneuvers are in place in the event of a hack, attack or malfunction. 

Kim Davis
Kim Davis  
5/27/2014 3:44:16 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Getting there smarter....
Mandated GPS/speed controls:

I can play devil's advocate. Would use of GPS be mandated or just having the technology fitted? Some drivers may find it distracting. But it's the automatic engine throttling I have the biggest problem with. It would be great to force drivers to stay within the speed limit, but there are occasions when a vehicle needs to accelerate suddenly to avoid danger or causing an accident. I'd hate to put that on auto-pilot.

Susan Leach
Susan Leach  
5/27/2014 2:56:01 PM
User Rank Blogger
Re: football congestion
@Flanagan55, that's an interesting point. If you ease the traffic using smart technology are you actually encouraging people to drive, whereas the endgame is to get people out of their cars altogether. Maybe traffic jams have their purpose....

Flanagan55
Flanagan55  
5/27/2014 8:42:49 AM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: football congestion
That's a very good point. Intelligent transportation grids that recognize and adapt to events, such as a football game could help mitigate congestion in huge ways. I know here in NYC, certain events absolutely disrupt traffic and it could be at least mitgated with intelligent traffic signaling, opening/closing of certain access points, etc. At the end, this is all catered to automobiles and the biggest improvement would to be getting people there via mass transit or by foot/bicycle. 

Toby
Toby  
5/27/2014 4:39:42 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Intelligent Transportation
@cJanson: I hope they also factor in the lives saved by having intelligent monitoring. It is a much more emotive and powerful argument when that is on the table.

Toby
Toby  
5/27/2014 4:37:38 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: optimising trafic flow
@Citysolver: I agree about real-rime speed over-rides. I think it is time to start a serious discussion on this topic at the policy level. it will take a while for it to gain traction but the number of lives saved would be huge. And not just the lives of vehicle drivers, all the others who are mowed down by irresonsible drivers. Drivers who walk away from their vehicles unharmed and away from the courtrooms unscathed.

 

Toby
Toby  
5/27/2014 4:34:56 AM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Marketing to the Driver in 2020
@Rauci: I think you are highlighting the distinction between transport and leisure choices. The option to use motor vehicles for leisure alone should remain available for those who can afford it but frankly most people would prefer safer and less congested roads so they can spend less time commuting. Perhaps leisure riders should be placed in an altogether different category.

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