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Traffic management is becoming increasingly important. This aims at shifting or modifying traffic flow, in order to optimise the management of road networks as a whole. Road information technologies, or Advanced Transport Telematics technologies (ATT), are an essential components of multimodal information systems. The introduction of services to drivers such as assisted route planning, in-vehicle information on traffic conditions, and automatic control by the infrastructure operators in case of difficulties while driving, provide an important response to the transport problem in the cities, even if it is a partial one. The development of such tools is an issue of fundamental importance to future European policy for both transport and industry. This study is based on an assessment of the possible evolution of some ATT technologies in European medium size cities in the year 2015, through the use of a forecasting technique, the SMIC (Cross Impact Systems and Matrices) method. This method is one of the prospective methodologies based on cross impact matrix analysis which takes form through mailed inquiry to experts of a specific field. The results of this assessment are presented in the form of expectations and perspectives of experts' knowledge on the future of ATT technologies.

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Authors: SCAPOLO F, JRC Sevilla (ES)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 17311 EN (1997) 39pp., FS
Availability: Available from the Public Relations and Publications Unit, JRC Ispra, I-21020 Ispra (IT), Fax: +39-332-785818
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