MUNICH, Germany Traffic authorities in the Netherlands have started pilot trials aiming at controlling traffic volume in critical regions. The project is based on technology from IBM and NXP.
In order to equalize the traffic volume in the regions affected, the local authorities of South East Brabant plan to collect road usage fees according to the route selected and the time of the day. The data required to levy the fees are collected by an electronic on-board unit (OBU). This OBU has been developed by chip vendor NXP in collaboration with project development company CPS Europe.
The OBU stores navigation data and time for all rides and transmits the data to a central processing system. IBM contributes the back office equipment and its experience with road user charging and smart traffic systems, the companies said.
The core element of the OBU is NXP's ATOP chip which contains a GPS receiver module and a GPRS transceiver which continuously transmits the car's encrypted position data. The data then are used to charge the respective driver accordingly. The road toll is determined by parameters such as road class, time of the day, potential low-emission zones.
Price per ride is displayed at the OBU. In addition, the users can track via internet their monthly costs as well as the routes they have taken.
The pilot trial will last six months. About 50 vehicles, driven by IBM and NXP technicians, are participating. After that period, the regional administration of South-East Brabant will evaluate the experiences gathered and use them to determine further measures.
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