LATERAL THINKING IN THE NETHERLANDS ABOUT THE ROADS OF THE FUTURE

Test programmes are underway as part of the Dutch Government's Roads to the Future project. Early work explored areas of public dissatisfaction such as road noise and road maintenance disruption. The possibility of building temporary bridges over road repair areas was examined. This was followed by examination of automatic guidance car prototypes. The second research cycle analysed and set targets for future possibilities relating to road architecture, virtual mobility, flexible infrastructure and the future road surface. The concepts of 'smart' roads and layered roads were examined. Practical outcomes in the flexible road concept include the floating road that uses aluminium pontoon elements set into shallow canals instead of conventional foundations. The third cycle of research will examine concepts such as a tailored information transfer between road, roadside and vehicles.

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    Hemming Group, Limited

    32 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London,   United Kingdom  SW1V 2SS
  • Authors:
    • Greeman, A
  • Publication Date: 2003-5

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  • English

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  • Accession Number: 00961468
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Aug 13 2003 12:00AM