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Intelligent transportation systems

An EU team studied intelligent transportation management systems. The proposal involved developing three sub-systems: traffic information integration, determining the efficiency effects of weather and cooperative traffic management.
Intelligent transportation systems
Without intervention, traffic and transportation problems will probably continue to worsen. One solution may be making transportation management systems more intelligent and responsive.

The EU-funded 'Optimised ITS-based tools for intelligent urban mobility' (OPTIMUM) project aimed to develop solutions for intelligent urban mobility. The project included two European partners and one Australian university, and ran for three years to May 2014.

Project objectives involved developing several sub-systems addressing the project's theme. The first sub-system concerned developing new methods for integrating real-time traffic information, involving short-term travel time prediction, travel time variability, and real-time traveller information and routing. The second sub-system addressed network efficiency and weather impact modelling, specifically: optimising observability of traffic systems, understanding the effects of weather and response strategies. The third sub-system related to cooperative traffic management: the development of new traffic management algorithms, traffic signal optimisation and traffic simulation modelling.

OPTIMUM yielded improved understanding of the factors causing traffic congestion. The project also produced methods for controlling and monitoring networks, plus new understanding of the effects of adverse weather combined with cooperative systems.

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Keywords

Intelligent transportation systems, transportation management, traffic information, urban mobility
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