The Dutch government encourages projects to ensure that in-car sensors and everything around them speak the same language for this makes traffic safer and keeps cities accessible. Road users and ‘roadside equipment’ are becoming more and more connected. The same goes for bikes, scooters and motorbikes. Public transport and available sharing vehicles are also visualized.

 

By mapping all of that in the same map, you can streamline the entire mobility eco system. Newcomers to the mobility field also come into the picture in those new applications. With main roles: software, data communication and the smart gathering and utilization of all that information.

Steering data flows in the right direction
"Sensors will become a spreading material. Not only in the car. Crosswalks, sidewalk tiles, cycle paths, roads, roadside equipment, traffic cameras and other detection technology will be able to communicate. Used properly, the advantages are countless: better flow, safer traffic, more sustainable", says Paul Potters of the Dutch mobility platform developer Monotch.

In order to steer the ever larger and more complex data flows in the right direction, there must be a hatch that can be used by all parties. This is why Monotch has developed the Traffic Live Exchange (TLEX) platform. They recently won the Automotive Innovation Award for best service in mobility. There is a good chance that 'we' will all have to deal with these complex data flows within the next few years.

In the background, TLEX, as an enormous 'data and connection station in the cloud', must ensure that all possible information is brought together. And then made useful for the right parties.

As Monotch said at the award ceremony: "It is our dream to connect the road user and the roadside systems such as traffic signalling. That requires patience. At the moment our system is even smarter than the roadside system, but within three years it should be different. Then, this smart connection will be operational in cities and within five years throughout the rest of the Netherlands. "

Great opportunities 
The enthusiasm of Potters can be traced back to the possibilities that the technology offers. "Let me give you an example: smart traffic control in a city. That also exists now, but it is often extremely expensive – detection loops in the road surface and so on - and it usually only works on this specific location. If you ensure that cars, traffic control systems and others information sources can exchange information automatically, you will create a big step to improve the flow considerably. "

TLEX provides access to millions of data messages in a national system between road users and intersections. Also to the car, e.g., by indicating an optimal speed.

"Green flow for emergency services and drivers"
"Audi already has a system in place that informs you how to get a 'green flow'. Anything on the road can eventually 'talk' to each other via data in such systems - that is also what the automotive industry takes care of."

A national system of smart traffic lights is a tangible part of that development. "Call it an evolution from autistic to communicative systems. Quite a few are already operational, and in the course of this year it will be around two thousand. This means a lot of work for the road authorities, because you really have to convert the systems. But the possibilities are, so to speak, a dream for every road operator and municipality, "says Potters.

"For example, a communicative intelligent traffic light controller can automatically switch to green for emergency services, so that they will be able to arrive on site faster and more safely. Again: we don't arrange this but we make the connections possible via TLEX in the cloud."

Source: Autoweek, July 2019