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Vehicle Traffic Management

Applications to road transportation

The market of satellite navigation applications to Road Transport is worldwide and involves hundreds of million vehicles, including cars, buses, lorries and light transport means.

 

Management of road traffic is one of the main target markets of GALILEO, not only because it provides good business opportunities but especially because through the innovative employment of satellite navigation potentialities it can generate huge social advantages and savings in public direct and indirect costs.

 

Satellite navigators are already part of the standard-production equipment provided in top-of-the-line cars and their employment will be soon extended to the mass market. Navigation systems, integrating more and more facilities, may be considered key instruments providing new services to drivers, both in terms of savings and social advantages.

 

The possibility of cutting costs incurred and pollution caused by traffic jams as a result of shorter journey times and thanks to the exploitation of existing road infrastructures thus reducing the need of building new roads; the possibility of quickly providing help and assistance in case of accident, thus increasing the number of lives saved and of adapting the speed of the vehicle to limits prescribed along the route as well as to the different weather and traffic conditions, are only some examples of the number of undisputed benefits provided by satellite navigation to road transport.

 

The project aims at developing prototypes and at analyzing and testing applications for:

  • the payment of tolls and the control of road traffic and of gates to urban centres (virtual gates)
  • traffic monitoring and control
  • first aid and assistance in case of accident
    which might depend on one single system resorting to satellite navigation, not only to determine the position and speed of vehicles but also to maximize the use of the communication required for the applications.

Management of road traffic provides wide opportunities in terms of research and innovation.
By investing in this field national industry and technological research centres might acquire and consolidate a transnational leadership by producing patents, products and services which might turn into European standards.