Not only cars are developing rapidly; the infrastructure itself is also evolving. the challenge in front of us is to ready our road network for autonomous cars and connected vehicles. this was the subject of the discussion on the automotive campus on thursday 30 march.
The traffic of the future can only be a success if smart cars can communicate with smart infrastructure. Smart traffic lights are increasing in number, floating car data are coming in and there are ever more sensors in and around the road surface. And yet there is a lot more work to be done. The key word is: collaboration.
Caspar de Jonge of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment said: ‘Within three years car manufacturers will introduce one or more self driving cars or connected cars. Our infrastructure must be ready for that. But we must also start working together. No more isolated smart mobility projects. We must collaborate.’
Serge van Dam, high-level adviser with Rijkswaterstaat: ‘Innovation is a must to prevent more accidents, traffic jams and emissions.’ Smart mobility is the way to go. ‘The biggest challenge is the phase in which smart cars must share the road with old-fashioned cars.’ Van Dam believes the key to success is for government and local authorities to work together with private parties.