Intelligent traffic management provides better emission control

Within five years, intelligent traffic technology could play a significant role in the fight against greenhouse gas emissions.

According to a Juniper Research report, 205 million metric tons of CO2 emissions could be reduced by 2027 if smart traffic technologies continue to be deployed, which is 41% more than in 2022. The analyst claimed that this figure is almost twice the CO2 emissions from domestic transport in the UK in 2019. “Reducing congestion through optimized traffic control will be the main influencing factor,” the study authors said. Intelligent Traffic Management: Use Cases, Regional Analysis & Marketing Forecast 2022-2027 report.

Along with the potential to tackle traffic-related congestion and emissions, Juniper Research said intelligent traffic management can prioritize greener transportation models.

The report also projects that investment in smart intersections will reach $10.2 billion by 2027, up from $5.7 billion in 2022.

The authors said that smart intersection technology providers will likely focus on improving connectivity between on-road vehicles and the local road network ecosystem, mirroring government smart city initiatives. Juniper Research recommended that technology vendors take advantage of 5G’s low latency capabilities, combined with machine learning algorithms, to enable real-time network adjustments and improve traffic flow. .

The report’s authors also recommended that cybersecurity be considered when implementing intelligent traffic systems to maximize public support, allaying concerns about data collection and storage. Juniper Research has urged developers of intelligent traffic management systems to prioritize implementing cybersecurity to protect user data, which is transmitted every step of the way.

“Given the potential for cyberattacks to disrupt infrastructure through denial of service, robust cybersecurity strategies are essential to prevent threats to the integrity of road infrastructure,” he warned.

Despite the benefits, the report notes that due to the fact that the existing infrastructure is not designed with intelligent traffic management systems in mind, upgrading these systems will be costly and may not deliver all the advantages.

“The late addition of an intelligent traffic management system to an already existing infrastructure can also cause more financial strain and disruption in the region than if it had been implemented during the early stages of planning” , says the report.

Intelligent traffic management systems are also very advanced and require multiple layers of technology, while governments may lack sufficient expertise both in terms of selecting the right technology and managing and transitioning to intelligent capabilities while minimizing disruption to existing stakeholders, he concluded. .

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