Future of Mobility at Vakbeurs Mobiliteit
MetroCount Netherlands attended Vakbeurs Mobiliteit Expo last week, bringing decades of expertise in analysing traffic to help plan for the future of mobility.
The Expo brought together professionals from the traffic and transport industries to network, share knowledge and explore innovative solutions for the future.
Predicting the future of mobility at Innovation Square
The Expo’s Innovation Square area showcased innovative products and services that could soon be common-place on our streetscapes. These included technologies such as self-driving delivery robots, light electric city vehicles, smart traffic sensors, solar boats and an autonomous racing car (some of which was available for testing)!
The idea behind Innovation Square is to inform professionals designing future infrastructure and policies on the ever-changing nature of mobility. Infrastructure proposals and policies must be designed with the future in mind to offer inclusive and practical solutions for all users.
Sharing steps towards the future
A multitude of interesting workshops, lectures and brainstorming sessions covered topics such as climate-neutral mobility, efficient traffic control centres and the potential need to create three types of bicycle paths to successfully include the plethora of emerging micro-mobility devices gaining popularity.
Two lectures stood out for their innovation in offering traffic data as a service. The first highlighted using machine learning algorithms to predict queue lengths at traffic signals. Implementation of this technology could improve traffic flow by up to 10%!
The second presentation showed how social media could be used in conjunction with machine learning to inform specific road users of events, roadworks and to offer personal travel advice.
Traffic monitoring services
To implement all of the above successfully, it is paramount to first monitor and analyse current road and cycleway use. As such, MetroCount’s vehicle, bike and pedestrian monitoring technologies and end-to-end traffic surveying drew a lot of interest at the expo.
Popular among attendees was the possibility of differentiating types of mobility devices travelling on a cycleway (such as cargo bikes, pedestrians, e-scooters, mopeds, child’s bikes or standard bicycles). This type of data enables more informed decision making regarding infrastructure, regulation and law enforcement for shared paths and bike lanes.
The ability to now gather unique data from each lane of traffic in portable vehicle surveys also drew a lot of attention. Understanding heavy vehicle lane preference and accurate volume per lane are invaluable for resurfacing decisions and general road maintenance.
Overall the Expo successfully emboldened the right minds to continue innovating and solving mobility issues for the future. MetroCount looks forward to being involved in the exciting path mobility is taking.