Review of urban traffic management and the impacts of new vehicle technologies

Hounsell, N.B., Shrestha, B.P., Piao, J. and McDonald, M. (2009) Review of urban traffic management and the impacts of new vehicle technologies. Institution of Engineering & Technology, Intelligent Transport Systems, 3, (4), 419-428. (doi:10.1049/iet-its.2009.0046).


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Traffic congestion is a growing problem in most urban areas across the world. In recent years, the problem has often been tackled by management of existing capacity rather than the traditional concept of more road building. This requires efficient traffic management tools and has led to widespread implementation of advanced traffic control systems integrated within a wider urban traffic management (UTM) environment. UTM systems collect data from various sources, process and manage the data and use this information to implement various measures to manage traffic. While infrastructure-based UTM systems continue to develop, there is now also a rapid market-driven development of vehicle technologies and in-vehicle driver support systems. Driver information and satellite navigation (sat-nav) systems are two examples already in widespread use, whereas other applications under research and development include intelligent speed adaptation (ISA), adaptive cruise control (ACC) and various other safety-related applications. This study will firstly present state-of-the-art reviews of UTM and in-vehicle systems. It will then discuss the potential impacts of new in-vehicle systems on UTM and opportunities for beneficial cooperation between the two. The research described in the study has been undertaken within a collaborative project FUTURES, funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1049/iet-its.2009.0046
ISSNs: 1751-956X (print)
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Keywords: urban traffic management, vehicle technology, traffic congestion, traffic control system, UTM system, in-vehicle driver support system, sat-nav system, driver information systems, satellite navigation systems, FUTURES, research and development, intelligent speed adaptation, adaptive cruise control, safety-related applications
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HE Transportation and Communications
Divisions : University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Civil Engineering and the Environment
ePrint ID: 73963
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December 2009Published
Date Deposited: 11 Mar 2010
Last Modified: 31 Mar 2016 13:07

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