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Future of Intelligent Transport Systems in Germany

Intensifying demand for innovations in transport systems and vehicle performance efficiency is being upheld by the accelerating rate of technological breakthroughs. This essential & imperative demand in transportation system is extremely crucial for present and future of road network and vehicle sustenance. Improvement in road and vehicle transport technology continues to re-examine the present demands and future prospects of sustainable management of transport and traffic globally. 

The insights presented here are based on Fact.MR’s report on Intelligent Transport Systems Market. Readers can request a sample of the report at https://www.factmr.com/connectus/sample?flag=S&rep_id=437 

The system is gaining wide adoption globally owing to its ability to provide prior details about traffic, availability of seat, and real-time running information. Application of ITS is widely accepted and used in several nations today. Their usage is not just limited to manage traffic and information, but also for road safety and efficient infrastructure usage. Due to its limitless possibilities, ITS is now a multidisciplinary field of work, that’s why several nations in the world have developed solutions for offering ITS applications to meet the demand. Particularly, government in Germany is adopting Intelligent Transport Systems to tackle plenty of issues related to commuting. As per Traffic Scorecard, in 2017, Munich was given the title of ‘Traffic Jam Capital’ in Germany because motorists in the city spent around fifty-one hours in traffic jams. Hence, adoption of ITS may lead to reduction in travel time of commuters and help to improve their comfort and safety. 

The primary aim of intelligent transport systems in Germany is to support & encourage this development and to improve the execution of products and services connected to ITS. Key trends and future of intelligent transport systems in Germany have been assessed in brief below. 

Limiting Release of Carbon Emissions in the Environment 

One of the goals of adopting intelligent transport systems in Germany is to decrease traffic congestion, which may result in reduction of carbon emissions in the atmosphere and also reduce fuel consumption. By 2020, Germany plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by forty percent. Intelligent Transport Systems have a variety of applications & technologies that may help to cut down on vehicle emissions. One of the applications being traffic management systems, which is equipped to predict traffic conditions, identify and remove traffic incidents and ensuring that traffic flows smoothly. This will have a huge impact on GHG emissions from every vehicle. 

Another application of ITS’ Travel Information Systems that offers information to drivers like route guidance systems. This system will help to reduce emissions as a vehicle driver will reach their desired destination in the estimated time and also fuel wastage will be prevented. This demand for emission reduction will boost the development of public or collective ITS services.

 Implementation of Intelligent Transport System Projects in Hamburg 

The city of Hamburg in Germany has already started to execute various projects of Intelligent Transport System. In Hamburg, several projects related to ITS are being implemented. Projects such as Hamburg Electric Autonomous Transportation (HEAT), where a long round course through HafenCity district is being developed for an electric minibus. In fact, it is one of the first cities in Germany to test connected and autonomous vehicles on a manufacturer-independent course right in the city centre. 

Another project being Test Course for Automatic and Interconnected Driving, Check-In/Be-Out, wherein smartphones will be used for the purpose of ticketing, intelligent parking, carpooling services, and many others. These projects make Hamburg an ideal city for logistics solutions and urban mobility.

 The Port has also developed and implemented intelligent logistics solutions. For instance, at Altenwerder container terminal, automated guided vehicles transfer the containers to specified locations. 

Adoption of Wireless Communication 

Although several vehicles come equipped with GPS devices, often they are not fairly accurate when it comes to providing information about traffic congestion. Individual cars may act as data points on a network. These networks may prove advantageous to drivers, who will be suggested a different route in the event of a traffic congestion. In the long run, traffic patterns and daily details of commuter can be of great help to transportation officials & city planners to figure out future safety projects. 

For example, Germany’s leading automotive firm, BMW completely supports European Commission’s hybrid communication policy that consists of a cellular backend-based communication and short-range communication. Since they are supportive of C-ITS, several of their vehicles on the market are equipped with a variety of sensors that can detect lane change, slippery roads which is all sent to a centralized data cloud. Additionally, they have implemented connectivity services and warnings like information about accidents, speed-warnings and weather conditions. 

Since urbanization is expanding at a rapid pace, number of vehicles on the road is also increasing. This puts immense pressure on cities to maintain traffic system so that city keeps moving ahead sans any trouble. Hence, application of Intelligent Transport System in Germany is the only ideal solution. It is a win-win situation not just for the city residents but also for the city administrators.

About the author

Mohit Loshali

Mohit Loshali, an experienced campaigner, writes about the latest evolutions and trends in the automotive and allied domains. He has helped clients from across the globe with his thought-provoking research and analysis.

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