Insights of Transportation in a Smart City
The introduction of traffic light system back in 1900s, is the first foot print of smart city initiatives and its revolution ever since has redefined the way we live. Smart city is defined as an urban area that utilize the use of Internet of Things (IOT) by collecting data and processing them into valuable information for the citizens. Its main goals are to improve citizens’ quality of life, achieve sustainable development, and increase efficiency in the management of available resources.
According to surveys done by several research agencies, a majority of people have rated transport as a top issue for smart cities. Well, this comes as no surprise since citizens are becoming increasingly demanding towards productivity and efficiency of living in cities, and it directly affects how these future concrete jungles manage transport system in terms of its infrastructure and connectivity.
Smart Transportation 1: Connected Vehicles (in regards to ITS & MaaS)
Integration of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) has a tremendous impact on the connectivity of road users in a smart city. As mentioned briefly in the previous article “Intelligent Transport Systems – Automating Future Transportation Management” , relevant traffic information brings synchronization between the drivers and real-time situation – resulting to a better transportation ecosystem. The application of MaaS also has its own benefits and daily travel problems like congestion, lack of resources during peak travel times, and unproductive journey management could be mitigated.
Smart Transportation 2: Autonomous and Electric Vehicles (AV & EV)
According to recent article “5 Levels Of Vehicle Autonomy And The Opportunities That Come With Them”, interactive driver-assistance and sensors help drivers to reduce their dependency on manual driving, increase situation awareness and mitigate traffic congestion problems. This system, when integrated with EV, presents a big potential for a city’s connectivity and infrastructure to become smart and environmental-friendly.
Besides, layout of cityscapes would be soon dependent on the usage of AV and EV, and city developers are currently preparing themselves to progressively upgrade systems and suit this revolution by making it future-proofed.
Smart Transportation 3: Smart parking solutions
Smart parking management is a way to optimize space usage in a crowded city, by making it efficient and sustainable. By applying Internet of Things (IoT) that includes camera, sensors, and wireless transference of data, real-time information like where drivers could and should park, could be made available.
As for common multi-level parking, installing only sensors and signs for driver’s guidance parking are not enough, and its future may be the Automated Parking System (APS) – which has been gaining ground nowadays in Japan, Dubai and other developed countries – due to its viability and safety.
Other than that, overarching design for optimal space usage in central locations plays a role in cityscape infrastructure as a whole, and the need for buildings to be flexible in their parking requirements could be prioritized.
Through the use of connected sensors, big data, and mobile applications, they give “mobility managers” the robust advantage as transport system has made easier and more relevant. All in all, smart cities initiatives don’t stop in one region only as interconnectivity blossoms in the world around us, and a path in the transport space is going to be carved out by the technology advancement that we have these days.