ITS (UK) Executive Member the Department for Transport has used the highly successful Transport Technology Forum Annual Conference to announce it is developing a Connected Vehicle Data Strategy to maximise the benefits of new technology in highways authorities’ transport strategies.
The DfT’s Intelligent Transport Policy lead, Darren Capes told the ITS (UK)-supported meeting in Bristol that the first step in the strategy is to capture the current range of understanding and implementation of data solutions in different local authorities across the country. All authorities are being urged to fill in a short survey giving feedback on what, if anything, they use connected vehicle data for.
Respondents are being asked to detail what use is already made of connected vehicle data in their traffic and road asset management, parking, planning and driver information, plus barriers to implementation and future objectives. It also asks how Central Government may help authorities use connected vehicle data more easily.
The findings will be used to develop a Connected Vehicle Data Strategy, focussing on the near term benefits and actions of using connected vehicle data and how they can be deployed at a large scale across the country.
“Before we can create a strategy, we have to understand where we are now, hence why we need as many local authorities as possible to respond.” Said Mr Capes. “The very short survey is aimed at those in local authorities who use data from vehicles, want to use it or don’t know where to start. We need to hear from all – It’s as important to us to get people who have zero experience as experts.”
The two-day TTF Conference brought together more than 140 delegates from local authorities, consultancies and manufacturers to focus on how technology is being used to implement more efficient transport solutions.
“The discussions and knowledge sharing at the Conference were superb,” added Capes. “We now need to build on that by using the momentum to drive real change. The Connected Vehicle Data Strategy is one part of that change, and I urge TTF members who were present and the wider local government transport community to help us to help them.”
The survey is available here. The Connected Vehicle Data Strategy is being developed for the DfT by ITS (UK) members Atkins, Jacobs and White Willow Consulting.
Andy Graham speaks more about this during a Connected Vehicle Forum webinar at 4pm on 10 March.