Smart Transportation Systems
Prof. Farhan Kidwai
JMI, New Delhi
In the imagination of any city, the picture of a Smart City contains a wish list of infrastructure and services that describes his or her level of aspiration. To provide for the aspirations and needs of the citizens, urban planners ideally aim at developing the entire urban eco-system, which is represented by the four pillars of comprehensive development-institutional, physical, social and economic infrastructure. This can be a long term goal and cities can work towards developing such comprehensive infrastructure incrementally, adding on layers of ‘smartness’. Application of Smart Solutions will enable cities to use technology, information and data to improve infrastructure and services. One of the major challenges for a Smart City is to develop ideas for an integrated, first-of-its-kind smart transportation system that would use data, applications, and technology to help people and goods move more quickly, cheaply, and efficiently. Some of the subtitles of theme are list below. The list is not exhaustive, the author may use a theme closely related to the track.
• Optimizing traffic flow on congested arterials and streets
• Coordinating data collection and analysis across systems and sectors
• Providing first-mile and last-mile service for transit users
• Reducing inefficiency in parking systems and payment
• Facilitating the movement of goods into and within a city
• Limiting the impacts of climate change and reducing carbon emission from transport sector.
• Safety aspects of pedestrian and commuters.
• Intelligent traffic management system.