This project will develop a centralised trip/parking generation database that can also facilitate the design, implementation, and validation of Green Travel Plans.
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is an umbrella term meaning connected, two-way information and communications technologies that boost road, rail, air or sea transport efficiency, safety, and sustainability. ITS helps manage traffic flows, optimise routes, and gives drivers and passengers real-time information.
It sits within a larger concept – smart transport technologies, also known as smart mobility. As a broader term, smart transport covers any technology used to improve transportation. You can read about a recently completed iMOVE project, A Smart Transport Technology Roadmap for Perth, for insights.
A subset of ITS is an Integrated Transport(ation) System. It describes a high-level system that integrates many transportation modes and physical infrastructure. Integrated Transportation Systems are highly connected, easing the transfers between modes, which usually leads to fewer private cars on the road. Typical technologies that consumers would know from Integrated Transport Systems include smart cards, bike-sharing systems, and park-and-ride facilities.
ITS won’t only exist when all vehicles on the road are autonomous, or driverless. Indeed, we’ve been enjoying a range of ITS technologies for the past two decades. Currently, the latest cars are reportedly at levels 2 to 3 of the Society of Automotive Engineers’ official taxonomy for driving automation systems. It comprises seven levels – from zero to six – with the first being no driving automation and six fully autonomous. Automated vehicles do venture out of urban areas, and this as area of interest and possibilities should grow with the July 2023 announcement of the Training Centre for Automated Vehicles in Rural and Remote Regions.
Panning back to the globe, the market for ITS should hit $33.18 billion in 2023, and jump to more than $50 billion in 2027, according to the Intelligent Transport System Global Market Report. It includes systems used in roadways, railways, and airways. China, Japan, and South Korea are leaders in the roadways segment of ITS.