Europe News: TNO consolidates technologies to produce true real-time traffic data

Europe News: TNO consolidates technologies to produce true real-time traffic data

ITS Europe partner, TNO, is exploring the potential of deriving traffic information from various technologies including Cellular Floating Car Data (CFCD).

While the use of cellular or GPS probes is contentious, Bjorn Heijligers suggests in Traffic Technology International that it does provide a great opportunity for the traffic industry to take a step closer to its Holy Grail of true real-time traffic information.

Most of the controversy concerning CFCD systems revolves about potential privacy issues. But since the entire GSM system depends on the capability to find a specific cell phone anywhere in the country (or in the world), using this information to generate traffic information adds nothing new or compromising to the system. In fact, the traffic providers receive anonymous versions of the data, which makes it impossible for them to identify the original phone.

Ultimately, road users will benefit if a carrier makes the data available to enable road authorities to create better traffic management systems. Early results from TomTom show that 75% of users are willing to share their GPS position in return for better travel information.

TNO is currently looking to perfect a system that can predict how traffic congestion will evolve based on all available data. Whilst all the technologies have advantages and disadvantages, intelligently combining the best of all data inputs is the ideal solution.


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