Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Freight Bearing Road Haulage Trucks Take Up Traffic Light Technology Down Under  

Initiative Sees Wireless Communication with Transport Infrastructure

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Shipping News Feature AUSTRALIA – In a country where a big rig really means just that, the New South Wales government has announced a trial to tackle the growing congestion on Australian roads which will see trucks 'talk' to traffic lights. Utilising wireless technology installed on the signals, participating road haulage vehicles are to be given more time to pass through green lights on key freight routes in Sydney.

With the aim of reducing the number of time lorries stop at traffic lights, more than 100 heavy vehicles are to be equipped with technology which communicates with the traffic lights across 40 kilometres of routes in Pennant Hills Road, Parramatt Road, and King George Road, as part of the three month trial of the Sydney Coordinated Adaptive Traffic System (SCATS), which began on June 2.

The trial expands on an existing connected vehicle system, which grants priority to late-running buses in Sydney. Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight Melinda Pavey said that whilst there is no magic bullet when it comes to solving road congestion, these types of initiatives go a long way to ease the problem. She explained:

“Heavy vehicles take a long time to stop and start, which can cause delays for all road users. This trial will detect a heavy vehicle approaching traffic lights and provide more green time, which will hopefully show us how we can ease delays for all motorists."

Pavey hopes to expand the use of this kind of technology to emergency vehicles as well as buses, which could improve daily commutes. She continued:

“The opportunities are vast, with Sydney’s freight set to double over the next 40 years and increase by 25% in regional NSW, we have to look outside the box.”

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