What will APT do in 2017–2021?
Several projects are being prepared for phase 3 (2017-2021).
1. Consolidation projects
These apply the previously successfully tested APT components such as Amsterdam Bereikbaar ( Amsterdam Accessible) whose objective is to attain maximum accessibility for the Metropolitan Region of Amsterdam (MRA).
2. Innovation projects
These focus on the further integration of the roadside and in-car systems. It involves tests that connect vehicles and operational traffic management with real-time travel, route and navigation advice. Service providers and road managers will collaborate in these projects.
More information on these projects will be issued shortly.
What has been done to date?
Phase 1: separate testing of roadside and in-car systems (2014 - 2015)
The Amsterdam Practical Trial tested how new technologies and methods on the road and in vehicle scan reduce congestion. In phase 1, APT tests roadside and in-car systems separately.
Roadside: test system on the road
The test of the new roadside system consisted of the further development of the existing system of traffic and slip road traffic lights on the A10 West in Amsterdam.
The intelligent system makes sure that traffic lights and slip road traffic lights automatically adjust in unison just before congestion on motorways escalates. It allows the motorway traffic to flow and the vehicles on the slip roads to enter the motorway. This test was completed in 2014.
In-car: test systems in vehicles
Road users in the Amsterdam region could download free apps. These apps show personalised and current information in cars for commuters and visitors to events in Amsterdam. They allow drivers to choose the best route and thus help reduce congestion. One of the apps’ features is to show the best route in real time. At times of high congestion, different road users are shown different routes and a reliable arrival time. The test is to assess the degree in which the apps better spread the traffic and the decrease congestion.
The EVA and Super P-route apps give road users personalised and real-time travel information on accessing events in Amsterdam. The app anticipates traffic situations and leads road users to available parking facilities along the best route. The ADAM and Superroute apps allow commuters to choose the most suitable commuting route. Compiling information from different sources – including information from traffic control centres other app users and weather forecasts – the apps calculate the best route to arrive at the destination at the desired time.
The EVA and ADAM apps are part of an alliance of companies called Amsterdam Mobiel (mobile Amsterdam). Superroute and Super P-route are part of an alliance of companies called Amsterdam onderweg (Amsterdam on the road).
Phase 2: testing the integration of roadside and in-car systems (2015 - 2016)
Amsterdam Practical Trial’s second phase consisted of three tests that together and work towards the graduated integration of innovative roadside and in-car systems. The tests are in: APT Amsterdam North and Zaanstad; APT Amsterdam West; and APT Amsterdam South East.
The APT North test looked into improvements and the further potential of the tested intelligent roadside technologies system tested in phase 1. This trial also tests the application of the system in other parts of the Netherlands. APT North is on the N516 and the A8/A10 and the Verlengde Stellingweg road in the Municipality of Zaanstad.
APT West also tested improvements of the roadside system tested in phase 1. In the second part of the trial, APT West will test how this system can use ‘live’ traffic information from cars (floating car data). The objective of this test is to assess if it is a cost-effective method of improving traffic flow.
APT South East
The APT project in South East investigated how the congestion before, during and after events can be reduced. The test uses existing in-car and roadside technology to spread drivers across different carparks in the area. Depending on the location and needs of drivers, this will spread the traffic from the start of an event. One part of the test is to look at the options of acquiring traffic management and traffic information services four hours prior to an event, during it and two hours after it from specialised companies during which they may also use the government’s systems.