The European parliament yesterday supported a recent proposal for implementation of “ITS” (Intelligent Transport System). ITS use traffic information, from road stations and positioning by GPS, to control traffic flow in cities. Read more about it here.
The European parliament promotes ITS to improve road traffic safety by to reducing accidents and traffic jams. Volvo group has in addition been promoting green corridors, as I wrote about in the blog in December 2008. Volvo Bus Corporation is the world leading supplier of high capacity buses, since we pioneered the first BRT system in Curitiba, Brazil.
We have recently begun to combine the offer with an ITS system “ITS4mobility”. By improving the traffic control we have experience of both lowering the fuel consumption and the emissions by the BRT fleets in Mexico City and Bogota. We have learned that the combination of ITS systems and separate lanes for large vehicles brings not only safety but also large environmental benefits. In Bogota for example the air quality close to the bus corridors improved dramatically and the fuel consumption of the busses decreased by 50%, as calculated per passenger kilometre.