Dutch test new technique to give buses priority at traffic lights
Noord-Holland will be the first province in the Netherlands to experiment with a new technique to give buses priority at the traffic lights via the mobile network. Buses with a fixed route already could be given priority, but now also buses with a divergent route can get priority over other traffic without any changes or updates of the traffic lights or the onboard computer.
Information for drivers
The new technique can be practical in case of road works, events, or an incident, the province claims. Another plus of the system is that drivers can get information about the traffic lights.
One of the options is that they will know how long it takes before the light turns green again. The system can also give advice about the ideal speed to avoid wasted braking, which is better for the environment.
The province is testing this technique together with the transport company Arriva and Smart Mobility company Be-Mobile. They will use about 25 buses on the provincial road N207 near Nieuw-Vennep. At the same time, the initiators will verify how the drivers will experience the technique.
Earlier this year, the province of Noord-Holland installed smart traffic lights on the N207. They ‘see’ traffic coming, recognize it, and can give priority.
Noord-Holland is investing a lot in Smart Mobility to offer drivers smart, clean, and safe driving in the province. This pilot project is part of the partnership Talking Traffic, in which authorities and companies join forces to support road users.
The results of the project are expected in autumn. If they turn out to be positive, similar initiatives might be introduced in the entire country.