Canberra drivers will soon be able to check traffic conditions in real time with new technology

A new traffic management system will soon be installed to help Canberrans navigate traffic disruptions across the city center.

The ACT government says a combination of bluetooth sensors and new cutting cameras will be installed at “strategic locations” across the center of Canberra, where disruption and congestion are most likely.

The data collected can then be used to provide up-to-date information on travel times and potential disruptions through wireless road signage, and is also set to be published on radio and social media channels.

The ACT government says active monitoring of the network will also mean a faster response to accidents or problems before they cause greater congestion.

“Providing reliable information in real time will mean that commuters can make informed choices before or during their journey. It can mean they choose a different route, travel at a different time or hop on public transport,” said Transport Minister Chris Steel.

The NRMA said the new system was very welcome.

“It’s a good way to plan, for governments to understand where the pressures are that they need to address, but also to provide that information to the public in real time allows the public to plan ahead before they get behind the wheel. , “NRMA spokesman Peter Khoury said.

Tech announced before raising London Circuit

Artist impression of a cordless light rail vehicle in Canberra.
An artist’s impression of a cordless light rail vehicle driving on the London Circuit in Canberra.(Provided by: ACT Government)

The government’s announcement is actually timely, as traffic in the center of Canberra is expected to increase in the middle of the year, when construction begins on raising the London Circuit as part of the installation of Stage 2A of Canberra’s light rail system.

“We know that this boost in construction activity will disrupt our traffic network and it will affect how Canberran’s access to the city center,” Mr Steel said.

Light Rail Stage 2B received federal environmental approval last year; the line will cross the Lake Burley Griffin, cross the Parliamentary Triangle and meet the Woden line.

Preparations for Stage 2A of Canberra’s light rail project – taking passengers from the city to Commonwealth Park – began last year, and commuters were warned to expect four years of major road work.

At the time, Mr Steel said the project would cause “a significant amount of congestion that our city probably has not seen before in its history”.

He said, however, that the completion of stage 2A of the light rail was a step towards a more “sustainable, vibrant and better connected city”.

NRMA calls for real-time data on gasoline prices

A man in a suit points to a white, round camera used to monitor roads.
Gavin Leng, assistant director of intelligent transportation systems, shows the cameras to be used in the government’s traffic technology update.(ABC News: Chantelle Al-Khouri)

Sir. Khoury said similar real-time traffic technology had been rolled out in Sydney and elsewhere in the world.

“We know that technology continues to play a major role in managing congestion and traffic flow, and that’s important as the population grows,” he said.

“The use of drones is also increasingly a factor so that traffic management organizers can look ahead.”

But Mr Khoury said drivers would also benefit from receiving real-time information on petrol prices.

“There is already technology that has been in the field now for five or six years in New South Wales that is doing something similar with gasoline prices,” he said.

“The public gets access to real-time data for every gas station in the state, and it enables them to make the right choices for themselves when they fill up.

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