Kassel: networking for better traffic flow

Kassel: networking for better traffic flow

A new research project aims to improve the flow of traffic in kassel. In the pilot project, streetcars, buses and ambulances will communicate directly with traffic lights to get second-by-second grun. "We don’t want to give away a second," said prof. Robert hoyer of the university of kassel at the presentation of the project, which is unique in germany. This also has advantages for other road users, he emphasized. Better coordination of the runway phase for streetcars should give motorists and pedestrians more time to get to work.

The technology is to be used in ongoing traffic from mid-2018. During the test phase, 15 traffic lights and a total of ten streetcars, buses and ambulances will work with the system. These will automatically register with the traffic lights via appropriate technology. The system then calculates to the second when the vehicle will reach the intersection. Martin hauck of the arbeiter-samariter-bund (workers’ samaritan association) said that this would provide additional safety for ambulances running blue lights. Kassel’s head of transportation christof nolda (grune) hopes to make traffic "city-friendly, environmentally friendly, safe and efficient". The german federal ministry of transport is funding the project to the tune of 2.3 million euros.

Kassel is not alone in its plan: other cities in hesse also want to optimize traffic flow. In offenbach, a traffic management plan is currently being developed for the city, according to a spokesman for the city. In order to make intersections with high traffic density more efficient, the city wants to install additional detectors such as induction loops or radar and video. The aim is to coordinate the signal controls at the individual intersections so that vehicles can pass through with as few stops as possible. The aim is to avoid traffic jams and reduce pollutant and noise emissions.

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