Is Intelligent Transportation Really Intelligent?
Intelligent traffic system or otherwise known as intelligent transport system involves the integration of advanced traffic control via real-time data input and the interactive communication between drivers in order to give them the best driving experience and provide an efficient transport system too.
Transportation in developed countries and major cities similar to London, Tokyo, New York, Paris and a lot more has been in constant search of how they can decongest the traffic their city is dealing with. With immense number of vehicles as being the main source of mobility, it is inevitable to deal with traffic jams. On narrower pathways, vehicles with high loads can slow down traffic or on more extreme cases, be the cause of static traffic.
There are now intelligent transportation designed in an effort to deal with this issue and at the same time, to deliver the best experience among motorists. As a matter of fact, these systems are globally deployed especially on city streets with high load and congested highways. The intelligent transportation system or ITS offers traffic control centers with statistics and real-time data of traffic as well as load which includes HQ video surveillance.
They are interacting with drivers and provide them with guidance as well as valuable info when it comes to the route that have minimal traffic load in order to make their journey smoother. During rush hour, only a handful of elite systems are demonstrating extra lane to be able to boost traffic rate while reducing the load.
ITS may be used too for guiding the drivers on conditions with low visibility similar to foggy weather. In order to avoid accidents on these situations, some ITS come with intelligent traffic systems which light up. ITS do offer a pay as you go service to different toll stations in order to eliminate time wasted at toll stations. This is using a special sticker on the car which is identified on the toll gate and the fee is automatically billed online. Likewise, drivers who have violated traffic rules can be also identified easily with this feature as it take photos of the car most especially the driver and the license plate.
All of these features and functions of ITS depend on heavy and continuous exchange of data between the roads and the traffic control center. Copper wires and several other old technologies can’t keep up in providing feasible and efficient communication over long distances. Delays in the communication may cause serious issues and for that, ITS only uses the best of best in today’s technology.