Intelligent vehicle highway systems (IVHS) are modern communications systems that give drivers real-time information on road conditions and congestion. The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, in cooperation with a number of businesses and agencies, is developing a proposal for a demonstration of comprehensive congestion reduction and avoidance using IVHS technology, in the Charlotte, North Carolina region. The study is termed "CARAT", Congestion Avoidance and Reduction for Autos and Trucks. This document outlines the proposal now in preparation, describes the project, and discusses its organization and costs. The proposal outlines a multi-pronged attack on traffic congestion, using medium-tech and high-tech procedures in a medium-sized city. A "Congestion Command Center" would gather information on the status of traffic from a variety of sources and over a variety of media channels, then package and provide it in a variety of forms for subscribing consumers, businesses and governments. The service would be organized initially as a private, non-profit corporation. Though initially funded by grants, subscriptions and advertising fees, the grants would diminish over the years and the system would be ultimately self supporting through fees and advertising.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • A Proposal Outline for a Comprehensive IVHS Demonstration in a medium-sized urban area.
  • Corporate Authors:

    University of North Carolina, Charlotte

    Department of Geography and Earth Sciences
    9201 University City Boulevard
    Charlotte, NC  United States  28223
  • Publication Date: 1990-9


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: Figures;
  • Pagination: 19 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00725951
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Transp Pub Rpt 39, 9
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 4 1996 12:00AM