“The wealth of data coming from different sources such as connected vehicles present an enormous opportunity to enhance how we manage transport networks, reducing congestion and emission, and enhancing safety for all modes of travel.”
Experts consulted for the research highlight the transformative power of various data sources and technologies, ranging from vehicle probe data, camera-based video analytics, vehicle Bluetooth data, in-vehicle safety sensor data, and location app data.
Stakeholders identified greater efficiency in the transport network and safety improvements that aim to drive down the number of road fatalities, as the primary opportunities presented by data and new technologies.
Importantly, there's a recognition from experts of the need to expand beyond conventional traffic modes like cars, trucks, and buses, to incorporate information from micromobility, active transport, and pedestrians within our traffic management ecosystem.
The opportunities stemming from integrated connected data are vast, spanning areas including congestion performance measurement, speed compliance enforcement, and the development of vehicle priority and pre-emption systems. However, along with the great possibilities, there are risks that must be addressed before we can fully harness the benefits of the data and technology.
Privacy and security management stood out as critical concerns amongst experts. While vehicle probe data is considered a game changer, stakeholders stressed the need to comprehend data aggregation, anonymization methods, and the verification process before integrating new data streams into existing systems.
Furthermore, policy makers must address several crucial considerations including adapting traffic control systems to accommodate diverse data forms, scaling up complex algorithms, fostering data sharing across agencies and jurisdictions, and navigating cost constraints.