Separate testing of roadside and in-car systems
The Amsterdam Practical Trial (APT) tested how new technologies in roadside and in-vehicle scanning can be used and combined to reduce traffic congestion. In phase 1, APT separately tested roadside and in-car systems
Testing roadside systems
The test of the new roadside system consisted of further developing 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.
Testing in-car systems
Road users in the Amsterdam region could download free apps that show personalised and real-time traffic information. The apps serve commuting car drivers in the region as well as visitors travelling to events in Amsterdam. The apps suggest different routes for travel and thus help to 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 estimated time of arrival. The test looks at to which degree the apps help better spread traffic and decrease congestion.
The EVA and Super P-route app give road users personalised and real-time travel information regarding events in Amsterdam. The app anticipates traffic situations and leads road users to available parking facilities along the best route. The ADAM and Superroute app 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 for arriving at the destination at the desired time.
The EVA and ADAM app 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 1’s evaluation reports are published in the database on this site.