Test 1: Road works warning on a typically Dutch motorway with variable message displays
In contrast with Germany and Austria, in the Netherlands many motorways have variable message displays above the road. These displays can be used to present messages or information, e.g. about road works. The Road Works Warning cooperative service should closely match this existing system. The information presented to drivers in the car should correspond with what they see displayed above the road.
The Road Works Warning service will be tested for several months along part of the Corridor on the A16, between Ridderkerk and Moerdijk. The tests will be used to determine how the technology designed can best be linked to the existing information displays. Rijkswaterstaat will consider the outcome of the test when defining the final specifications for the Road Works Warning service on road sections with variable message displays.
Test 2: Using the infrastructure and services of A58 Shockwave traffic jams project
The A58 Shockwave traffic jams project covers the stretch of the A58 between Eindhoven and Tilburg. In this project, businesses, government bodies and research institutes are working on reducing shockwave traffic jams (ghost traffic jams) by providing drivers with advisory speeds in a smart way. They are using the same technology as used for the Cooperative ITS Corridor project.
During several months we will test if the Probe Vehicle Data service operates with the existing communications equipment for the A58 Ghost traffic jams project Rijkswaterstaat will also investigate the usefulness of the Probe Vehicle Data service: how can probe vehicle data be used for optimising traffic management?
Test 3: Analysis of the impact on current traffic management processes
The innovation centre at Helmond is the Netherlands' national innovation and learning environment for traffic management. At the centre, the project team will use simulations and 'serious gaming' to analyse the impact of the new cooperative traffic services and the technology used have on the existing Rijkswaterstaat traffic management processes. Also the Collision Risk Warning service will be tested.
Test 4: Road Works Warning from a safety trailer
On motorways without variable message signs over the roads it can be useful to provide road works warnings. However, on these motorways the communications system can obviously not be connected to displays over the roads. Tests, lasting several months, will be undertaken at road works on the A67 near Venlo, using Rijkswaterstaat safety trailers (signal trailers/lane closure trailers) fitted with WiFi-P equipment. In this case, information about road works is not transmitted to the vehicles from roadside systems, but from the safety trailers. At the same time, Rijkswaterstaat will investigate if the technology works across borders and if it could be used on the secondary road network.