A quarter of all greenhouse gas emissions in Europe are due to traffic. The fact that this is also causing resentment among those affected was recently made clear by the Kapsch TrafficCom Index-2021: 70 % of German and 74 % of Austrian respondents no longer consider road traffic emissions acceptable.
Intelligent traffic management allows traffic authorities to record and respond to traffic conditions in real time. While conventional solutions are time-delayed and inaccurate, a proactive solution takes into account current traffic conditions and combines measures such as dynamic pricing, intelligent vehicle routing and signal optimisation to manage demand from private motorised transport.
"Traffic congestion and its associated emissions create a public health crisis and cause millions of dollars in lost productivity. That's why we are driving innovation and technology in key areas such as connected driving, smart roads and smart mobility pricing. All these elements need to work together if we want to achieve sustainable change," says Gerd Gröbminger, VP sales Ceneca at Kapsch TrafficCom, adding that a first convenience function that can be implemented quickly is the Green Wave Assistant.
Traffic signal timing data is processed directly for drivers with a smartphone app or integrated into the vehicle navigation system so that they can keep up with the green phases of the traffic signals and drive more smoothly while at the same time saving energy.