This paper reviews the potential impacts of telematic technologies on road transport. It addresses both beneficial and adverse effects, and considers the most attractive route towards implementing these new technologies. The application of information and communication technologies (ICT) to road transport is known as Advanced Transport Telematics (ATT). ATT aims to improve the performance of the transport sector by various technological innovations, focusing on the behavioural changes of travellers resulting from better information provision. ATT systems where user response is important can be classified into: (1) capacity management systems; (2) demand management systems; and (3) driver information systems. The main group of actors, interested in using ATT, are individual road users, infrastructure owners and managers, and the industrial sector. The paper evaluates evidence of user response to ATT in public transport information systems and driver information systems. Although ATT has a huge potential, it may not have the expected benefits. Rather than improving the efficiency of transport and reducing external costs, ATT may increase levels of congestion and trip lengths across the road network as a whole. Five of its specific issues are identified.

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    Alexandrine Press

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  • Authors:
    • Banister, D
  • Publication Date: 1995


  • English

Media Info

  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 202-13
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 21
    • Issue Number: 4
    • Publisher: Alexandrine Press
    • ISSN: 0263-7960

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  • Accession Number: 00723172
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jul 26 1996 12:00AM