Intelematics is planning to utilize traffic cameras and taxis to improve its real-time traffic channel service.
The SUNA service monitors traffic conditions using thousands of traffic sensors, provided via the NSW RTA, supplemented with other sources including probe vehicles, freeway sensors, tow truck allocations, roadwork information, special events and expert camera observers on major Sydney roads.
Intelematics’ General Manager, Traffic and Content, Brian Smith said that the increased traffic monitoring cameras will help motorists anticipate and avoid delays.
“One of the great features of the SUNA service is that we can keep building our data collection points and increasingly improve the sensitivity of the service. Taxis and traffic cameras see the results of almost everything that happens on the roads. They’re a vital, if somewhat unusual, barometer of how traffic is flowing in the city,” added Smith.
The additional traffic cameras will further improve SUNA’s congestion and incident monitoring capabilities across Sydney’s motorway network, including the complex harbour crossings. Arterial roads in Sydney are already comprehensively covered, utilising traffic sensors on the approach to every signaled intersection.
The company is also correlating data by comparing traffic flow prediction information with that provided by sensors installed in taxis travelling in the metropolitan areas. The taxis in Sydney have been fitted with GPS capabilities that record vehicle location, route and travel time and send this to SUNA for evaluation.