INRIX data is powering smarter and sustainable mobility services in Stuttgart, Germany’s most congested city
SIEGBURG/MUNCHEN – May 21, 2015 – INRIX, the leading provider of traffic information and driver services, today announces the extension of its services to the regions of Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate in Germany. Now traffic planners in these states will be able to expand their own pool of traffic data, as well as harness extensive, real-time traffic information from INRIX’s services, that can be used to facilitate and improve future planning.
Authorities in these regions will not only use real-time data, but will also rely on the INRIX historical data archive. This information enables them to uncover pain points or bottlenecks in the road network, which they can then quickly rectify. Real-time information on alternative transport modes will help drivers to discover the best routes and advise them on how to avoid congestion at any given time. INRIX’s solutions will help to improve the overall traffic situation in these states, and provide the ability to adjust route planning according to major incidents, handle road traffic projects more efficiently and reduce the economic costs of project planning and implementation.
“The extension of our services to Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate is a testament to the strength of our real-time traffic information solution in addressing the challenge of mobility in cities such as Stuttgart,” said Scott Sedlik, General Manager & Vice President, EMEA at INRIX. “INRIX is committed to helping governments and traffic planners ease the burden of gridlock and help drivers to move freely on roads, or switch to alternative methods of transport should an incident occur. The smarter we are about mobility, the more we stand to gain in terms of reducing the impact of traffic on the environment and on drivers’ wallets.”
The Baden-Württemberg and Rhineland-Palatinate states use INRIX traffic data for the following projects:
• Landesbetrieb Mobilität Rheinland-Pfalz: The Road Administration Rhineland-Palatinate will use INRIX historical data archive to determine the number of hours drivers spend in traffic jams. With this knowledge, planners can discover vulnerabilities, bottlenecks or pain points on the Autobahns and federal highway system. Planners will then be able to make more informed decisions regarding construction management and road improvements, ultimately saving money, time and resources.
• Regierungspräsidium Tübingen: The Baden-Württemberg road traffic centre (www.svz-BW.de) provides information on traffic conditions, road works and incidents on the road network in Baden-Württemberg. To provide expanded traffic information to citizens, it will now harness real-time information from INRIX.
• Stuttgart Services: In April 2012, the federal government selected four regions in Germany to become a “showcase for electric mobility”, promoting the research and development of alternative and smarter mobility systems. Stuttgart Services is one of about 40 projects in the Schaufenster “LivingLab BWe mobil“ and has 9.5 million Euros of funding from the Federal Ministry of Economy and Energy as part of a showcase initiative of the Government.
For this project, INRIX will deliver real-time traffic information and data to an intermodal router, which also holds information on bus and train timetables, as well as routes of public transport systems. From this information, the traveller is able to discover the best (and fastest) route to get from point A to point B, as well as the suggested means of transport – or combination of transport methods – to take. This will help address the problem of congestion and reduce the environmental impact of traffic, while facilitating the ease and speed of movement that drivers have come to expect on roads.
• NAMOREG: Stuttgart is the German “traffic jam capital”. In 2013 motorists spent more than two days (60 hours) in traffic in the city. As a result, many transport projects have been launched in Baden-Württemberg and specifically in Stuttgart to combat these challenges. For one of them – NAMOREG – (“Stuttgart Sustainable Mobility”) INRIX delivers real-time traffic data to ensure customers can identify the optimal route and transport method. Furthermore, drivers will be encouraged to take advantage of alternative transport methods, such as carsharing systems, cycle schemes and public transport such as the bus or train. The state of Baden-Württemberg, the city of Stuttgart and the “Stuttgart Region” Association launched the NAMOREG project in April 2011, promoting the development of innovative and sustainable mobility solutions in Stuttgart.
• Bavarian Road Administration: INRIX won a new European tender to work with the Bavarian Road Administration on traffic congestion. This partnership sees INRIX providing real-time traffic data to enrich the information the Bavarian Road Administration already has on traffic challenges in the area, across 2,500 kilometres worth of roads and highways. Although Bavaria itself has a very well developed network of sensors for traffic measurement, the new data from INRIX will help to improve the current traffic situation even further. This involves the Bavarian Road Administration creating TMC messages, i.e. information about the location and length of traffic jams to inform drivers of bottlenecks or delays. In addition, INRIX data is also used to visualise traffic problems. INRIX has worked with the Bavarian Road Administration since 2012. However, historically INRIX data was only used for routes on which there was no previous traffic detection or on which larger construction sites prevented such from happening.
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