Amsterdam Practical Trail: Field Testing Smart Traffic Solutions
Amsterdam Practical Trial tests intelligent solutions for traffic congestion. The Amsterdam Practical Trial (PPA) is a large-scale field operational trial putting the newest innovations to the test, both in cars and on the road. Nowhere else in the world is smart technology being applied for smart traffic management at such a large scale in daily traffic: with real cars and real drivers in the well-travelled Amsterdam region. The aim of this experiment is to test each step in creating a future where cars, navigation systems, traffic lights, and information signs are connected and automatically working. As a result, this field test contributes to improved traffic flow, less congestion, and a cleaner city. PPA is a challenging project that requires a high level of knowledge, skill, and insight to be a success. Collaboration is the key word for making this happen. Not only have public road administrators joined forces, but also innovative private market players and the scientific partners are involved and working intensively side-by-side. Once cars and traffic management instruments begin communicating, the consequences will be felt throughout the supply chain. From road management systems to the software in individual cars to process the information received, every stage in the process must be correct, each link in the chain must function properly.
PPA is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, Rijkswaterstaat, the municipality of Amsterdam, Province of Noord-Holland, City Region of Amsterdam, various companies, and Knowledges Centres.
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