ITS IN SOUTH AFRICA: INTELLIGENT TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS

This article discusses how far Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) provide a sensible policy choice, leading to increasing efficiency, safety, productivity, energy savings, and environmental quality. ITS apply information and control technology to assist surface transport operations and increase their safety and efficiency. ITS collects and transmits information on traffic conditions and transit schedules, enabling travellers to avoid hazards and delays before and during trips. It decreases congestion by reducing traffic incidents, clearing them more quickly when they occur, rerouting traffic round them, and automatic toll collection. It makes fleets of vehicles more productive and safer by using automated tracking, dispatch, and weigh-in-motion systems. It helps drivers to reach their desired destinations through in-vehicle navigation systems, and improve their safety and security using collision-avoidance and SOS-signalling technologies. The main objectives of ITS are to: (1) provide timely information; (2) optimise the collection and use of transport data; (3) use integrated information to create transport synergy; (4) plan and operate transport systems better; and (5) integrate different modes. The article discusses some ITS issues arising in South Africa, and reviews a recent seminar on ITS.

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    SNELCO-PRO PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANTS

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  • Authors:
    • LABUSCHAGNE, K
  • Publication Date: 1998

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Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 22-3
  • Serial:
    • ROBOT
    • Publisher: SNELCO-PRO PUBLIC RELATIONS CONSULTANTS
    • ISSN: 0035-7391

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  • Accession Number: 00780980
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Jan 7 2000 12:00AM