Is Intelligent Transportation Really Intelligent?
With intelligent traffic system or also called as intelligent transport system, it incorporates state of the art traffic control by taking advantage of real time data input and interactive communication with the drivers in an effort to make the best and most efficient transport system.
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. Dealing with traffic jams become inevitable given the fact that these cities use cars as its major source of transit. Vehicles that have high loads have the capability of slowing down traffic or to more serious cases, can be the cause of static traffic.
In order to properly deal with this issue and at the same time, to give the best experience to motorist, there are now intelligent transportations that are implemented. As a matter of fact, these systems are globally deployed especially on city streets with high load and congested highways. Intelligent transportation system or ITS is offering traffic control centers that have statistics and real-time data of traffic not just that, they even show the loads as well as HQ video surveillance.
They are also interactive with drivers and supplying them with guiding and valuable info towards the route that have minimal traffic load to be able to smooth their journey. On rush hour, there are just handful of top tier systems that offer additional lane for easing the traffic 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. Here, it is making use of a special sticker on the vehicle that’s identified and automatically bill the fee over the web. In the event that there was a violation committed to the traffic rules by the driver, the availability of such feature can be very useful as it take snaps of the car that focuses on the plate number of the vehicle and the driver’s face as well.
All of these features and functions of ITS depend on heavy and continuous exchange of data between the roads and the traffic control center. Old forms of technology will have a hard time keeping up in providing efficient and fast communication over long distances. Delays in communication can cause serious consequences and thus, ITS is only using the best of technology from fiber optics, high bandwidth and fast internet connection.