Richard Neumann of Swarco
Swarco is focusing on improving people's quality of life by making the travel experience safer, quicker, more convenient and environmentally sound.
Two separate demonstrations the company is involved in staging brings this focus to life: visitors can experience a variety of highly innovative safety use cases on the interaction between vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians, while the other demonstration involves automated valet parking to make car parks ready for the driverless cars of tomorrow. (See demonstrations feature pages 19-20). Among a range of forward-looking innovations on Swarco’s large stand in the exhibition hall, is the new Combia traffic light family – a traffic light of the future that thinks for itself.
Three models are available, all of which are networked with local traffic and mobile services in order to communicate directly with road users. With the aid of special sensors, the traffic light detects people and objects at the junction and adjusts the signals to the respective situation.
This means that smart cars can, for example, request a countdown to the green light or pedestrians are guided and alerted via an LED ground projection – a key contribution to road safety in times of constant mobile use. The lights can also be customised for specific requirements; for instance they can also act as an environmental station for measuing air quality. The Swarco stand is also highlighting C-ITS for bicycles. Via an app, the cyclist knows about the signal phase of the next signal-regulated intersection and can adapt their speed accordingly to always ride on the ‘green wave’.
There’s also an innovative way to cover ‘last mile’ mobility by means of MoonStart e-scooters from Simob and a demonstration of the BreezoMeter heatmap used to monitor air quality in urban environments around the globe.