RDS-TMC: WILL EUROPE GET IT TOGETHER?

The future prospects for the RDS-TMC digital traffic information system are discussed. Radio Data System (RDS) services broadcast a continual channel of encoded information, over a dedicated channel parallel to normal FM radio broadcasts, and RDS-TMC is the dedicated Traffic Message Channel version, which will provide motorists with the latest traffic reports. Its developers, Bosch and Philips, began working on RDS-TMC in 1983, and it could become one of the most flexible and effective tools for traffic management at a European level. However, it is not yet clear when European information services will be available to inform RDS-TMC units. This question was the unwritten, but underlying, theme at the RDS-TMC Urban and Inter-Urban Transport Telematics Forum in Brussels in June 1995. Various possible causes of the delay include: (1) insufficient development of relevant standards; (2) inadequate structures for gathering and disseminating data in some countries; (3) the need to add other services to make RDS-TMC a commercially viable business for the public sector; and (4) the reluctance of many radio stations to introduce RDS-TMC, even though attempts are being made to encourage it in countries where there is little interest.

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  • Corporate Authors:

    Perceptics Corporation

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    TRW Inc. Transportation Systems

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    Graphic Data Systems Corporation

    ,    

    Alcatel ISR

    ,    

    University of Leeds

    36 - 40 Uiversity Road
    Leeds,   United Kingdom  LS2 9JT

    Mitsubishi Jidosha Kogyo Kabushiki Kaisha

    ,    

    Sherrill-Lubinski Corporation

    ,    

    PTV Consult GmbH

    ,    

    Losch und Partner

    ,    

    Transport for London

    London Buses
    Palestra, 197 Blackfriars Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SE1 8NJ

    Texas Instruments, Incorporated

    13510 North Central Expressway
    Dallas, TX  United States  75222

    Golden River Traffic Limited

    ,    

    Information and Privacy Commissioner/Ontario

    ,    

    Mavix Ltd

    ,    

    Kimley-Horn and Associates, Incorporated

    ,    

    University of Leeds

    Department of Computer Studies
    Leeds, West Yorkshire  United Kingdom  LS2 9JT

    Bayerische Motoren Werke

    ,    

    Transdyn Controls

    ,    

    PTRC Education and Research Services Limited

    110 Strand
    London WC2,   England 

    AWA Traffic Systems America, Inc.

    ,    

    Risks Analysis (Firm)

    ,    

    Hughes Transportation Management Systems

    ,    

    Tel Aviv (Israel)

    ,    

    Peek Traffic Transyt Corporation

    ,    

    INRO Consultants Incorporated

    5160 Decarie Boulevard, Suite 610
    Montreal, Quebec  Canada  H3X 2H9
  • Authors:
    • NUTTALL, I
  • Publication Date: 1995

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00719877
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD, ATRI
  • Created Date: Apr 26 1996 12:00AM