Is the Automation to be an Exclusive Solution to Traffic Problems?,

Bombol, Kristi and Koltovska Nechoska, Daniela Is the Automation to be an Exclusive Solution to Traffic Problems?,. In: AUTOMATION IN TRANSPORTATION, 2011, Zagreb (Croatia) and Milano, (Italy),.

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There is as many as necessary evidence that the application of modern technologies including computers, electronics and communications can improve traffic conditions, enhance the environment and economic productivity as well.

Known as Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) as a whole, these technologies have been accepted throughout the world in a short time as an alternative to the traditional approach of building more roads for mitigation of traffic congestion.

After thirty years of development and implementation, one can conclude that automation is facing with difficulties such as the complexity and system’s robustness, the high rate of detector failures, the lack of trained personnel, too much commercializing put etc. A question has out there arisen: Are the automation systems capable to do everything possible? Are they exclusive and unique in their power? Or, is it the automation that gives the solution for traffic problems only?

In this paper we aim to present another type of strategy that may keep staying in line with the “smart” solutions, but being friendlier and human needs oriented. Namely, the Traffic Study of the City of Bitola (2011) promotes the concept of “livability”. It focuses mainly on the application of measures for making vibrant, healthful, aesthetically pleasing settings, and on preservation of historical, cultural, and natural aspects valued by the community. The objective of “livability” is to use transportation investments to improve the standard of living, the environment, and the quality of life for all communities, urban, suburban and rural.

In this paper “smart” solutions within the “livability” concept for treating traffic problems in the central area of the City of Bitola will be presented. A concept of environmental traffic management and sustainable transport system development is proposed. It implies implementation of non-radical, user friendly and cost-effective measures. In order to convince ourselves that the proposed concept is worth implementing, we simulated “before” and “after” the traffic flows on signalized and non-signalized intersections in the central urban area by using the simulators VISSIM and VISUM. Our goal was to show that it is not only the automaton to be the sole answer to traffic problems in the middle sized cities. Au contraire, another “smart” solutions but hardware or software do exist. We do hope that this approach will give an incentive for changing “the big picture of automation”. Thus, a step forward towards more human and by nature traffic management in given contexts will be made.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Engineering and Technology > Other engineering and technologies
Divisions: Faculty of Technical Sciences
Depositing User: Prof. d-r. Daniela Koltovska Nechoska
Date Deposited: 15 Sep 2020 07:08
Last Modified: 13 Oct 2020 08:55

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