ROADWATCH AND MILEMASTER - MERGING TRAFFIC AND ROUTING DATA

In the United Kingdom, three different systems were developed and launched to provide pre- and on-trip driver information, all using the Automobile Association's (AA) Roadwatch and Milemaster traffic and routes data and software. These are among the first operating systems in the world to combine dynamic traffic information with routing software. The three systems are the 1) Tel-Me Journey Planner, 2) the AA Membership terminal, and 3) PLEIADES trip planning terminal. The Tel-Me Journey Planner is part of an on-line business information service launched in the United Kingdom during 1994. The AA Membership terminal is installed as a public information terminal in shopping malls and motorway serice areas. The PLEIADES trip planner was developed for use in a field trial as part of the DRIVE program. The three systems use different methods for combining dynamic traffic data and routing software and have been used for different purposes in distinct operating environments. This paper describes the AA Roadwatch service and data and Milemaster software and routes databases in terms of their functionality, scope, and target markets. It then describes the three pre- and on-trip driver information systems, their markets and operating environments, and the different methods used in processing the traffic data and applying it to the routes databases. The paper also compares and contrasts the three approaches to data and software fusion and evaluates user reactions to the different services. Finally, the paper examines the future of pre- and on-trip driver information systems in the United Kingdom and suggests the future steps needed to overcome the technical and institutional problems of these services.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Five volumes of papers and one volume of abstracts comprise the published set of conference materials.
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    TORANOMOM 34 MORI BUILDING 1-25-5
    TORANOMON, MINATOKU, TOKYO 105  Japan 
  • Authors:
    • Hoffman, S
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  • Publication Date: 1995-11

Language

  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 709

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00721977
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Volume 2
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 12 1996 12:00AM