The Development of a National Road Traffic Information Policy in France

This article discusses the evolution of road traffic information and Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in France – from its 1970s origins as a way to provide users with peak summer and holiday traffic forecasts to the dissemination of all types of traffic data through the independently managed Regional Information and Road Coordination Centres (CRICR). The article discusses how technological advances have made large amounts of traffic data (e.g., traffic forecasts, accidents/incidents reports, traffic conditions) available to users and the media in real time. The discussion also emphasizes data collection and dissemination methods used within the national network (e.g., magnetic loop, traffic counters, cameras, automatic incident detection, fiber optic cables, Internet) that are managed by a variety of entities; some of those include motorway concession companies, local authorities, and the national government.


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  • Accession Number: 01042751
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Feb 11 2007 6:41PM