Transportation and travel are necessities. Almost every person and organization uses or depends on transportation in some way, whether people are homebound or physically on the roads. They all want journeys that are smooth, safe, and comfortable.
Fremont, CA: People and businesses want transportation that is safe, cost-effective, dependable, convenient, and environmentally friendly. If properly planned and implemented, ITS (intelligent transportation systems) can save time, money, and lives, among other things. This is accomplished through the application of information and communication processing technologies to road and rail transportation infrastructure.
As economies, populations, and consumer demand expand, so does the demand on transportation infrastructure and systems from users and others who rely on it. This has become increasingly clear in recent decades, with growing traffic problems and overcrowding on public transportation. The focus is now on making sure that users have access to dependable and resilient transportation. The solution is to use technology, especially ITS, in a legal framework.
ITS's main aspect is its capability to provide real-time traffic and travel information and a dynamic means of network control. It is a critical facilitator of sustainable transportation systems, which are as follows:
meets the accessibility and mobility needs of those who live and work in an area or use transportation networks in a safe manner
provides a variety of convenient and affordable transportation options that make the best use of infrastructure
manages traffic congestion and incidents to provide a high level of service to road users
provides a means to reduce air pollution and noise from road transportation, leading to improved public and environmental health.
promotes a thriving economy and efficient transportation of goods and freight
provides a tool for enforcing transportation policies such as demand management and public transportation priority
How ITS operates is frequently imperceptible (buried cabling or wireless communications). While most people are exposed to some form of ITS daily, the majority are unaware of how prevalent ITS is in their lives. They won't realize how much they can benefit from the ways it makes their transportation more user-friendly.
ITS practitioners must realize the advantages of ITS and be able to convince non-technical audiences. This emphasizes the importance of obtaining firm evidence of benefits by assessing and reviewing ITS deployments' outcomes and then using the results to evaluate new projects.
More and more ITS schemes have been or are being analyzed, leading to a vast and growing range of information on costs and benefits, such as how to evaluate them – and understand what the advantages are and who receives them. An informed awareness of ITS can be a critical determining factor for national, regional, and local governments, investors and developers looking for new locations, and management and financial consultants advising public- and private-sector clients.