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How Clearview Traffic is helping to shape the roads of the future

As an innovative market leader in the provision of road traffic solutions, traffic data solutions, traffic data collection and traffic management systems, Clearview Traffic, are working with prominent industry organisations and individuals to help shape the roads of the future.

We recently announced the appointment of Dr Stephen Ladyman, the Minister of State for Transport, 2005-2007, as our Future Cities Ambassador. During his time in government, Dr Ladyman sponsored a Foresight research project that sought to explore how science and technology may be applied over the next fifty years to the design and implementation ofintelligent infrastructure systems that are robust, sustainable and safe.

Whilst none of us can know exactly what the cities of the future will look like, the report anticipated what our urban centres and roads might look like in 2055.

In his foreword to the final report, Sir David King ScD FRS, the then Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government and now Chairman of the Technology Strategy Board’s Future Cities Catapult, stated that “Putting a human on the moon was the greatest transport challenge of the past half-century. The transport challenge of the next 50 years will be to use technology to deliver infrastructure that will stimulate economic growth, support social cohesion and be environmentally sustainable.”

Interestingly, when the Clearview Traffic management team questioned attendees of our UK road shows on the above scenarios, 48% of those interviewed thought we were headed for the Good Intentions scenario – where, despite our best efforts, we would still be living in an unsustainable, non-environmentally friendly way for the most part. Smart Cities are critical.

Dr Ladyman’s concluding comments remain pertinent and powerful:

“Transport systems and our road network are not only vital to today’s economy, but the transport and energy decisions we make today will also impact on the future of our society; navigating over the next 50 years to an acceptable outcome for our grandchildren will depend on our ability to make rational transport decisions, underpinned by accurate data – and make the best use of limited resources.”

This statement lies at the centre of How and Why we continue to develop our innovative products.

What do you think? Are the four models as expressed in the diagram above likely scenarios? Are there other potential scenarios? We’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback on the ‘Smart Cities’ concept.

If you’d like to find our more about our road safety solutions, traffic data solutions, traffic data collection and traffic management systems, please feel free to contact us here.

Author: |Date Published: June 2013


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