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Intelligent Transport Systems and Variable Message Signs for Road Safety Applications: Current Status and Future Prospects
  • Publication no: AP-T133-09
  • ISBN: 978-1-921551-30-7
  • Published: 1 May 2009

This report reviews current developments in infrastructure-based safety-related ITS, documents their status in Australia and New Zealand, and makes recommendations for future developments in this area. A literature review is presented in which intersection warning systems, collision detection systems, lane departure warning, vehicle-activated speed warning, point?to?point speed enforcement, fixed speed cameras, Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA), weather and flooding alerts, and automatic crash notification are examined, along with systems to protect vulnerable road users and developments in variable message signs. Workshop discussions were held across Australia and New Zealand. Discussion points are summarised in a table, with full summaries reported in an appendix. It was evident that there was relatively little contact between groups in the different authorities.

  • SUMMARY
  • 1. INTRODUCTION
    • 1.1. Origins of the Project
    • 1.2. Project Aims
  • 2. METHOD
    • 2.1. Literature Review
    • 2.2. Workshops
    • 2.3. Organisational Considerations
  • 3. DETAILS OF THE ITS SYSTEMS
    • 3.1. Intersection Warning and Control Systems
    • 3.2. Collision Detection Systems
    • 3.3. Lane Departure Warning
    • 3.4. Vehicle-activated Speed Warning
    • 3.5. Vehicle Speed and Weight Activated Advisory Signs for Trucks
    • 3.6. Safe-t-cam
    • 3.7. Point-to-Point Speed Enforcement
    • 3.8. Fixed Speed Cameras
    • 3.9. Variable Speed Limits
    • 3.10. Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA)
    • 3.11. Generalised Weather Alerts
    • 3.12. Fog Warning
    • 3.13. Ice Warning
    • 3.14. Flood Warning
    • 3.15. Level Crossing Treatments
    • 3.16. Vulnerable Road User Protection
    • 3.17. Variable Message Signs
    • 3.18. Automatic Crash Notification
  • 4. INFRASTRUCTURE-BASED SAFETY-RELATED ITS IN AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND
    • 4.1. Consultation Process
    • 4.2. Current Status of Infrastructure-based Safety-related ITS
    • 4.3. Other Significant Developments in ITS
    • 4.4. Productive Ways Forward
    • 4.5. Research Development Strategy
  • 5. RECOMMENDATIONS
    • 5.1. Establishment of an Information Exchange between Groups Working on Safety Related ITS
    • 5.2. Development of Protocols and Standards which Align with Global Standards
    • 5.3. Establishment of an Appropriate Voice for IBS/ITS, Aligned with Network Operations, ISA and any other Austroads ITS Interest
    • 5.4. Implement a Research, Development and Capacity Building Strategy
  • REFERENCES
  • APPENDIX A SUMMARY OF WORKSHOP DISCUSSIONS