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Clearview Intelligence’s Top 10 Blogs of 2018

The start of a new year marks a time for reflection and contemplation as we think back to what we’ve achieved in 2018 and what we hope to achieve in 2019. Once again, we have reflected on the themes and issues discussed in our blogs throughout the year and have picked out our ten favourites to ease you back into work following the holiday break.

Here’s our Top 10 from 2018—in reverse order from 10 to 1:

10. Wireless vehicle detection: more cost-effective, durable and quicker to install than inductive loops

Efficient traffic signal control systems are dependent on knowing where vehicles are and where traffic is building on the roads leading up to them. The method of vehicle detection makes no difference to the signal control but can make a big difference to the success of the scheme and the disruption to both road users and residents. Recent Clearview installations highlight the variety or reasons why we recommend wireless vehicle detection using magnetometers.

Read the full blog post here to find out more.

9. Are there other ways to improve speed compliance without using speed cameras?

The most recent British EuroRAP report: Cutting the cost of dangerous roads, revealed that of the ten most improved roads in Britain, four had benefited from having their speed limits reduced. So, reducing speed limits where needed and improving speed compliance can improve road safety. But what are the most effective measures?

Read the full blog post here to find out more.

8. How to create solutions that reduce accidents on roads and dangerous junctions

An average of five people die on the UK’s roads every day. It’s a well-known figure that has remained stubbornly high for the past six years. We know that crashes at junctions are the largest single cause of injury on the roads and that straightforward changes to road markings and layout can massively reduce the number of road accidents; but what are the most effective interventions?

Read the full blog post here to find out more.

7. Workplace car parks affect employees’ short or long stay

New research shows that the average commute time to work for a driver is now 52 minutes – four minutes more than a decade ago. So, with workers spending more time than ever travelling to and from jobs, is enough being done to simplify the one aspect of their journey that employers can control; parking?

Read the full blog post here to find out more.

6. Is road congestion just a fact of life now?

The UK ranks in the top ten of most congested countries in the world and in the top three in Europe according to INRIX data. Of the 111 UK cities and towns that were analysed, London, Manchester and Birmingham led the way in terms of the most hours spent by drivers in congestion. So, what can we do to ease congestion in these busy cities?

Read the full blog post here to find out more.

5. Smart thinking could improve drivers’ perception of smart motorway safety

They were first introduced in 2006 to address increasing congestion and since then, Smart Motorways have been proven to improve journey time reliability and prevent fatalities. Despite the Government’s Road Investment Strategy championing Smart Motorways with a £3 billion investment to add an additional 240 miles of capacity, drivers still perceive smart motorways as unsafe. But why?

Read the full blog post here to find out more.

4. Mapping the journey time to a connected world

A simple Google search for ‘connected autonomous vehicles UK’ brings up over nine million hits. Most notably is the UK Government’s website providing a useful central point for its efforts in bringing together what is undoubtedly a complex and disparate subject. Whilst there is plenty of future gazing and positive messages on the internet about how the world could look in 10, 20 or 30 years’ time, the question keeps coming to mind about how do we get there in a coherent manner?

Read the full blog post here to find out more.

3. Alternative vehicle detection for MIDAS: magnetometer and radar-based detection

As the use of MIDAS system has been expanded over the last 20 years, it’s not surprising that alternative vehicle detection technologies have been explored to overcome the issues with inductive loops. The two most commonly used alternatives are magnetometer and microwave/radar-based detection. We look at the benefits of these two alternatives.

Read the full blog post here to find out more.

2. What we can learn from Scotland’s road safety success?

Fatalities in Scotland reduced by 24 percent in 2017, according to 2018’s Reported Road Casualties in Great Britain. This was the biggest improvement in Great Britain. Fatalities were reduced to 146, taking Scotland ahead of its 2020 reduction target to reduce fatalities by 40 percent. How is Scotland achieving these gains when the rest of Great Britain is achieving little or no improvement in road safety?

Read the full blog post here to find out more.

1. Customer – Safety – Delivery: Driving innovation across the Highways England Network

Highways England presentations at various transport industry events have repeatedly referred to the organisation’s three overarching imperatives: improving service to customers; making roads safer; and delivering the Road Investment Strategy. The development of collaborative relationships with the supply chain has been identified as one of the key enablers which will allow Highways England to successfully attain these goals.

So, what do these three imperatives really mean, and how is the supply chain innovating and collaborating to proactively support Highways England to achieve these objectives?

Read the full blog post here to find out more.

We’re looking forward to another year full of developments and innovations across the ITS industry. We hope you are too and wish you a very happy New Year!

Author: Michelle C |Date Published: January 2019

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