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The evolution of urban traffic control: changing policy and technology

The evolution of urban traffic control: changing policy and technology
The evolution of urban traffic control: changing policy and technology
The history of urban traffic control (UTC) throughout the past century has been a continued race to keep pace with ever more complex policy objectives and consistently increasing vehicle demand. Many benefits can be observed from an efficient urban traffic control system, such as reduced congestion, increased economic efficiency and improved road safety and air quality.
There have been significant advances in vehicle detection and communications technologies which have enabled a series of step changes in the capabilities of UTC systems, from early (fixed time) signal plans to modern integrated systems. A variety of UTC systems have been implemented throughout the world, each with individual strengths and weaknesses; this paper seeks to compare the leading commercial systems (and some less well known systems) to highlight the key characteristics and differences before assessing whether the current UTC systems are capable of meeting modern transport policy obligations and desires.
This paper then moves on to consider current and future transport policy and the technological landscape in which UTC will need to operate over the coming decades, where technological advancements are expected to move UTC from an era of limited data availability to an era of data abundance.
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Hamilton, Andrew, Waterson, Ben, Cherrett, T.J., Robinson, Andy and Snell, Ian (2013) The evolution of urban traffic control: changing policy and technology. Transportation Planning and Technology, 36 (1), 24-43. (doi:10.1080/03081060.2012.745318).

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The history of urban traffic control (UTC) throughout the past century has been a continued race to keep pace with ever more complex policy objectives and consistently increasing vehicle demand. Many benefits can be observed from an efficient urban traffic control system, such as reduced congestion, increased economic efficiency and improved road safety and air quality.
There have been significant advances in vehicle detection and communications technologies which have enabled a series of step changes in the capabilities of UTC systems, from early (fixed time) signal plans to modern integrated systems. A variety of UTC systems have been implemented throughout the world, each with individual strengths and weaknesses; this paper seeks to compare the leading commercial systems (and some less well known systems) to highlight the key characteristics and differences before assessing whether the current UTC systems are capable of meeting modern transport policy obligations and desires.
This paper then moves on to consider current and future transport policy and the technological landscape in which UTC will need to operate over the coming decades, where technological advancements are expected to move UTC from an era of limited data availability to an era of data abundance.

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Published date: January 2013
Organisations: Transportation Group

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Local EPrints ID: 348413
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/348413
ISSN: 1029-0354
PURE UUID: b0f6f6ce-fcb0-4d4a-9373-0cf52e643ac1
ORCID for Ben Waterson: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0001-9817-7119

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Date deposited: 13 Feb 2013 13:22
Last modified: 03 Dec 2019 01:57

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Author: Andrew Hamilton
Author: Ben Waterson ORCID iD
Author: T.J. Cherrett
Author: Andy Robinson
Author: Ian Snell

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