Intelligent transport systems thanks to academic expertise

Posted by ap507 at May 19, 2014 11:09 AM |
Routing Freight Traffic in Urban Areas for better mobility, less congestion, reduced noise and lower pollution

Technology developed by the University will play a vital part in a new million-euro transport project of the European Commission’s Competitiveness and Innovation programme of the European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance.

SATURN (SATellite applications for URbaN mobility) project, coordinated by the Aerospace Valley in France, is a large-scale demonstrator of innovative solutions for better mobility, less congestion, more safety and security.

The University will build and demonstrate a new application for use in lorry cabins to provide directions to HGV drivers on preferred and safe routes in urban areas that minimise congestion, noise and air pollution for residents as well as drivers. The application draws on data from space navigation satellites and geographical information systems and will be made available on a range of portable devices.

Professor Paul Monks (pictured) from the Department of Chemistry said: “Intelligent solutions for managing HGVs as part of our logistical infrastructure in urban areas are essential. Bringing space into the picture could change the game for both hauliers and urban dwellers in routing lorries more efficiently. This is a great opportunity to work on a real-life demonstrator of this technology.”

The results of large-scale demonstrations will be presented in Bordeaux, during the 2015 World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems.