Traffic Technology Today has been speaking exclusively to some of the most influential thought leaders at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, France, this week (October 5-9), getting news on the latest research projects and opinion on where the industry is heading. Here are highlights from six of the best conversations we’ve had over the past few days.
INTERVIEW: Coordinator of Europe’s largest self-driving vehicle project cautions that a rush to automation could have downsides
It’s easy to get carried away with visions of a driverless-vehicle Utopia – an emission-free pod picks you up from your front door at the touch of a button and whisks you quickly and safely to your destination, while you relax or work in its comfortable interior. But Adriano Alessandrini, project coordinator for CityMobil2, Europe’s largest automated vehicle project, has a more cautious vision of our autonomous future.
Udo Ruegheimer, head of communications for technology and innovation at Audi, speaks to Guy Cressingham about the recently revealed R8 e-tron piloted-driving prototype (pictured), and explains why their current vision of the future of automotive transportation doesn’t involve taking the driver out of the picture altogether
Two massive, and yet so far mostly separate, areas of innovation in transportation are autonomous and electric vehicles. Nevertheless, when AVs finally become an everyday reality it is almost impossible to imagine them as anything but EVs. Energy storage and EV expert Guy Cressingham investigates how these two research roads are now converging on the same destination – and what challenges will have to be overcome before we get there.
Over 1,100 transportation experts have cast their votes in the 2015 Tolltrans poll – and 65% have come out in favor of the controversial concept of interstate tolling in the USA.
Academics Brian Ceccarelli and Joseph Shovlin of North Carolina’s Research Triangle, have conducted extensive studies into yellow change interval formulas. Here, in an update to their 2013 Traffic Technology International feature on the subject, they join forces with personal injury lawyer D Hardison Wood to look at how autonomous vehicles will affect traffic signal timings… and how they could finally force authorities to curb unfair practices.
In the 2015 edition of Tolltrans two industry heavyweights fought it out for the right to toll the interstates in the USA. The results of the poll are in!
A new academic study by economists at the University of Lancaster has found that the number of road accidents the UK capital have dropped by 40% since London started its congestion charging scheme in 2003. Traffic Technology Today recently caught up with Paul Cowperthwaite, the general manager of road-user charging at TfL, to ask about the role of ALPR in the innovative system
Traffic Technology Today speaks to Ralph Black, president and CEO of NEI, to discover the thinking behind his energy harvesting project, and find out if drivers really have anything to worry about…
In an exclusive preview of our 20th Anniversary special we’re proud to present our full conversation with Queensland University’s professor of transport Phil Charles, looking ahead to the path for ITS over the next 20 years.