Intelligent information and communication technologies on public roads: we make it happen

Intelligent information and communication technologies play an important role in road traffic. Examples include systems that warn the driver of a vehicle beforehand of weather conditions, hazardous situations or traffic jams – as well as systems that support actual driving tasks. The impact of these information and communication technologies is set to grow apace in the near future. These Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as they are called, offer road users and road authorities ways to deal with vehicles on public roads more safely and more intelligently. These systems also enable sustainable environmental management.

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Deployment of the Intelligent Transport Systems

The development and implementation of ITS is important; for example, it can lead to enhanced traffic safety and traffic flows. But it can also make traffic and logistics more environmentally-friendly and it makes the road user’s journey more comfortable. These road users, and road authorities will both benefit from an effective deployment of technology. All good reasons for the Dutch government to give this development room to manoeuvre.

Practical experience on public roads

Gaining practical experience with intelligent technologies is permitted on public roads in the Netherlands. New regulations came into force on 1 July 2015 whereby it is now legal (under certain conditions) to take Intelligent Transport Systems and automated vehicle systems out on the public roads.

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