The Contribution of Dynamic Route Guidance and Information Systems to More Efficient Traffic Management

by Jürg M. Sparmann, Studiengesellschaft Nahverkehr mbH, Berlin, Germany,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Applications of Advanced Technologies in Transportation Engineering


The environmental and traffic-related problems expected as a result of the continued increase in motorization require new solutions if our towns and cities are to survive and their attractiveness as places for people to visit and live is not to deteriorate still further. As the improved quality of life brings with it an increased need for mobility, conflicting aims arise which can only be adequately reconciled by considering the entire displacement chain as an integrated whole. Due to the complexity of the decision-making process with regard to local changes and the ever-increasing intervention resulting from traffic control measures, there arises a need for additional information on the part of those participating in the traffic process. But new logistical concepts also have to be developed for freight transport so that in the future it will be possible to handle the transportation of goods at lower cost and in line with urban requirements. The following paper is intended to show the possibilities and limitations of incorporating individual traffic control systems in traffic management and in addition to show the expected effects of these systems.

Subject Headings: Intelligent transportation systems | Information systems | Traffic management | Freight transportation | Routing (transportation) | Information management | Traffic analysis | Control systems

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