The Impact of ITS on Road Infrastructure
The impact of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) on road infrastructure, and therefore on road safety for motorcyclists, depends on their development and deployment processes. Only by integrating the needs and views of motorcyclists into them, ITS can improve road safety for all road users.
Smart Road Restraint Systems, combining Motorcyclist Protection Systems with communication technology, ensure minimum injury severity in case of a crash. Not only is a rider safe from hitting barrier posts, but there is also an emergency call sent automatically by the SmartRRS, ensuring immediate medical attention.
With the help of ITS solutions for traffic management purposes, for example variable-message signs, road users can be made aware of special traffic situations and events. During rush hours, it is possible to warn car drivers of filtering PTWs or allow motorcycles, scooters and bicycles to use bus lanes. Furthermore, information on road and weather conditions can be shown, asking road users to adjust their speed. Warnings regarding road construction that might lead to loose gravel on the road are especially helpful to PTW-users.
The European Union has agreed on a legal framework for ITS deployment and development. With the help of the ITS Directive and the ITS Action Plan, road transport in Europe shall become cleaner, safer and more efficient. By outlining priority areas, the aim is to provide a starting point for intensifying ITS-related work in Europe as well as legal certainty for manufacturers.
The integration of curve speed warnings and speed limits into GPS navigation as well as other Advanced Rider Assistance Systems (ARAS) can provide valuable information to riders, especially in places where they have not been before. However, these systems are not supposed to interfere with the riding task itself, but should only support the rider. According to ACEM these systems need further development, but are a promising factor in reducing accidents.
A number of different research projects have been conducted to improve ITS development and deployment for PTWs. Below you will find a select list:
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