|Countries: The Netherlands||? test users|
|? partners||? vehicles|
|Active from 2001/01/01 to 2001/12/31|
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|Henk J. Stoelhorst|
|Dutch ministry of Transport (Rijkswaterstaat)|
Centre for Transport and Navigation, The Netherlands
|Data catalogue||Tools catalogue|
|Data sets used in this FOT:
||The following tools|
were used in this FOT:
For over one year a pilot fleet of about 1000 vehicles provided operational experience with a new form of RDS/TMC radio traffic information in The Netherlands.
The pilot project was commissioned by the Rijkswaterstaat in the framework of the socalled RIC (Realisation in-car) project to a consortium lead by ARS-T&TT. The consortium developed the equipment, mounted the equipment in a fleet of 1000 vehicles and operated this fleet for over one year (2001).
- 1 Details of Field Operational Test
- 2 Financing
- 3 Cooperation partners and contact persons
- 4 Applications and equipment
- 5 Methodology
- 6 Sources of information
Details of Field Operational Test
Start date and duration of FOT execution
- To increase industries willingness to invest in medium priced TMC receivers
- To promote consumer awareness and to assess user satisfaction with TMC.
A series of user surveys revealed interesting results concerning user appreciation and behavioural aspects.
Most drivers are satisfied with the new equipment and its related TMC travel information service.
More than 90% of them assign added value to the TMC information, compared to the regular radio traffic information. In particular the possibility to retrieve information on request, to select only relevant information and the presentation of information on a map display are appreciated by the participants in the pilot.
Drivers confirm increased quality of the TMC information service over regular radio service, by revealing as most significant experienced quality aspects that they are being informed earlier and more often about queues on their routes.
Most important behavioural aspects were route changes over destination or mode changes. Some 75% of drivers stated that they changed their route more often than before. An analysis of driver logbooks revealed 34% route changes in trips with TMC information (compared to 22% for normal radio traffic information). This confirms that real time traffic information as provided by RDS/TMC may lead to considerable route changes in congested networks and can be an important tool to optimise the use of the road network.
Summary, type of funding and budget
Cooperation partners and contact persons
- Public Authorities: Rijkswaterstaat Netherlands
- Vehicle Manufacturer:
- Research Institutes:
- Others (specify):
Main Contact person
Henk J. Stoelhorst Dutch ministry of Transport (Rijkswaterstaat) Centre for Transport and Navigation The Netherlands Phone: + 31 887982497 firstname.lastname@example.org
Applications and equipment
RDS/TMC radio traffic information
The vehicle fleet consisted of a mixture of private and goods vehicles, the largest fleet being provided by de Lage Landen Translease with 400 cars.
Equipment carried by test users
The in-car equipment in the pilot consists of a TMC receiver and a GPS device, both linked to a Personal Digital Assistant with a colour screen. The screen displays a road map with the actual traffic situation. The TMC traffic messages can be displayed in text as well.
Pre-simulation / Piloting of the FOT
Method for the baseline
Techniques for measurement and data collection
Recruitment goals and methods
Methods for the liaison with the drivers during the FOT execution
Methods for data analysis, evaluation, synthesis and conclusions
Sources of information
Rijkswaterstaat - TravelStar brochure May 2002