Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are becoming increasingly popular for improving the safety and efficiency of transport systems. This article discusses guidelines for evaluating ITS projects, whose development has been commissioned by the Ministry of Transport and Communications in Finland. The guidelines ensure a comprehensive and consistent evaluation of ITS projects, ensuring comparison with traditional projects with respect to their impacts and economic feasibility. Primary and secondary indicators are listed comprehensively for the following impact categories: (1) the transport network and its costs; (2) the fleet of vehicles and its costs; (3) acccessibility; (4) time and predictability; (5) safety; (6) noise, emissions, and energy; and (7) valuations and comfort. Logistic ITS projects have different effects on various parts of the logistics process. In the order-delivery process, they can be grouped according to how and what parts of the process they affect. The evaluation method for logistic ITS projects is based on the Du Pont model, which acts as a checklist for impacts and estimates of their magnitude. Economic feasibility analyses can be based on a cost-benefit analysis or a profitability calculation. The guidelines include detailed examples of their applications to three specific ITS projects.


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  • Accession Number: 00768652
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 10 1999 12:00AM