Seminar on Smart Traffic Information Services

MaaS seminarDuring the seminar Dr. Ming-Whei Feng, Director of III Smart Network System Institute, provided an overview of ITS technologies in Taiwan, with a focus on wireless systems and spectrum regulation. Dr. Wang, Director General of the Ministry of Transport and Communication (MoTC), and Dr. Chien-Pang Liu, University College of London, presented the ambitious ITS plan for Taiwan, which was recently published by the MoTC. The Ministry will provide local funding to support the development and roll-out of the Mobility-as-a-Service concept in the country, starting with pilots in the Taipei-Yilan corridor.

Reporting from Europe, Matthias Unbehaun, TISA Executive Director, presented on behalf of the MaaS Alliance their current activities and the status of the different pilot projects in Europe. The presentation was complemented by an analysis of how TISA plans to position itself in the MaaS ecosystem and where TPEG can play a role in connecting MaaS public transport offerings with individual mobility.

Site visits to FETC and M5 Control Center

Visit

Taiwan has a fully-automated toll collection system using electronic tags for drive-through payment of road tolls. The system is operated by the company FETC and participants of the TISA Committee Meetings were invited to visit the FETC headquarters, where the companies CEO Y.C. Chang shared interesting insights in the history of development of the automated toll collection system in Taiwan as well as future plans of FETC towards a connected society and MaaS services.

FETC visit 2

M5 visitFurther, the group visited the Traffic Control Center of the M5 highway corridor between Taipei and Yilan, which features a 13km long tunnel. Various ITS systems are in place for monitoring and managing the traffic, which exhibits specific rush-hour phenomena. The lack of alternative routes is an additional challenge for the
overall traffic planning. The visit, which included a presentation by the Chief of Station, stimulated fruitful discussions with TISA members on how to further optimize the traffic flow and how the Taiwanese Highway Agency could share their experiences with other countries that face similar traffic problems.

GEWI Enables Pothole Repair Projects Using Waze Data

GEWI recently completed work on a component for the TIC Software which will collect Waze data and automatically take actions based on the specific Event type and Subtype.

One example is the ability for the TIC Software to automatically create road repair projects based on user-generated pothole reports from Waze.

The process uses the Project feature of the TIC Software, which allows a public agency to decide the specific steps to be taken when a pothole is reported.  For example, based on the location of the pothole, a notification can automatically be sent to the maintenance department responsible for the specific roadway.  Further specific steps can be assigned based on the repair process specified by the agency.

Broken asphalt pavement on a highway resulting in unsafe driving conditions.  Shot with shallow dof. Focused on second pothole.

Broken asphalt pavement on a highway resulting in unsafe driving conditions.

Information about the repair can also be distributed to Waze in the Waze data format. After completion, all steps can be analyzed to create management reports and implement ongoing process improvement.

TIC can also be configured to prioritize pothole repair projects based on road class so that potholes on more heavily traveled roadways receive more immediate attention

The process can be completely automated, or an agency can first have an operator review, verify, prioritize and assign the repair project manually.

All of the other advanced traffic information features of TIC are available within the repair project as well, so information can be distributed to navigation devices, broadcasters, VMS signs, portable devices, web pages, and directly to Waze.

For more information or to schedule a demonstration of this feature contact jim.oneill@gewi.com

Check the video highlights of the Open Auto Drive Forum hosted by TISA

The 6th meeting of the Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF) was hosted by TISA and took place on  February 16th in Brussels, Belgium. Featuring a number of interesting presentations by speakers from industry and academia as well as four afternoon discussions, the forum attracted numerous participants representing different sectors such as OEMS, autonomous driving experts, map providers, system providers, ADAS experts, sensor system experts and others.

Read the full report of the event here.

EU EIP and TISA publish harmonised Declaration of Compliance for Safety-Related Traffic Information

EU-EIP and TISA have collaborated in a series of workshops to harmonise the Declaration of Compliance for Priority Action C (SRTI-Safety Related Traffic Information) for use in all Member States.

Delegated Regulation No 886/2013

Delegated Regulation No 886/2013 addresses the provision of road safety-related traffic information, following Priority Action C of the Directive 2010/40/EU. This Delegated Regulation requests Member States to manage a national access point for safety-related traffic data. It also describes the obligation of Member States to carry out an assessment of compliance of the parties addressed by this delegated regulation, i.e. Public and Private Road Operators, Traffic Information Service Providers, Data Suppliers and Broadcasters dedicated to road traffic. These parties shall submit a Declaration of Compliance in accordance with the requirements set out in Articles 3 to 8 of the Delegated Regulation. EU EIP[1] and TISA[2] have collaborated in a series of workshops to harmonise this Declaration of Compliance for Delegated Regulation No 886/2013.

Why a harmonised approach?

Teun Hendriks, Chair of the TISA Technical and Standardisation Committee: “Without a harmonised approach, Road Operators, Data Suppliers and Information Service Providers would face the risk that -if operating in more than one country- they would need to submit a Declaration of Compliance in different formats, in different languages, and under a variety of different rules. The harmonised Declaration of Compliance should remove this administrative burden; the provided definitions and explanations of terms should clarify roles and responsibilities”.

Louis Hendriks, leader of the EU EIP activity ‘Harmonisation and monitoring SPA’ highlights that this is a win-win for both the Data Suppliers, Information Service Providers and the National Bodies that have to carry out the assessment of compliance: “National Bodies could possibly be facing discussions with a whole range of Road Operators, Information Service Providers, Data Suppliers and Broadcasters that operate within their territory, and that might submit their own Declarations of Compliance in different languages and in a variety of formats. Adopting and promoting the use of the harmonised Declaration of Compliance will make life easier for all involved parties”.

European Commission supports harmonised declaration

The European Commission (DG MOVE) has closely followed the development of the harmonised Declaration of Compliance and view it as a welcome contribution to the harmonised deployment of the National Access Points. The harmonised Declaration of Compliance will be presented in Brussels during an SRTI Member State follow-up Expert Meeting on 9 March 2017.

Where to find the harmonised declaration of compliance?

As an outcome of this fruitful cooperation between EU EIP and TISA three documents have been produced and are now publicly available on the TISA website and EU EIP website.

  • An Introduction letter
  • A model form for the “Uniform Declaration of Compliance for Priority Action C”
  • Definitions & explanations of terms within the Uniform Declaration of Compliance for Priority Action C.

A zip-file with the three documents can be downloaded HERE.

 

Next step

In 2017 EU EIP and TISA intend to start working on a similar model Declaration of Compliance for Priority Action B, covering the provision of Real-Time Traffic Information (No 962/2015).

[1]    European ITS Platform, www.its-platform.eu

[2]    Traveller Information Services Association, www.tisa.org