Intelligent Transport System

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) is a concept that will ultimately contribute to the more efficient use of infrastructure and transport solutions. The combination of new technology with advanced IT and communication technology offers major opportunities to reduce congestion and environmental impact and to increase safety by offering real-time traffic information, remote monitoring, and communication between transport vehicles and the infrastructure.

Many accidents could be prevented if vehicles on the road could communicate with each other and with infrastructure
To date, the focus has been developing vehicles that can “see” – for example, by detecting lane markers and obstacles. The next step is to make the vehicles “talk”. Many accidents could be prevented if vehicles on the road could communicate with each other and with infrastructure.

Cooperative Systems is one area within ITS, which responds to the complexity of managing multimodal traffic systems and provides users with the quality and variety of services necessary to match their mobility demands. The systems can increase the quality and reliability of the information available to drivers about the immediate surroundings. Road operators benefit from cooperative systems by receiving information about the vehicles, their position and road conditions. This will lead to a safer and more efficient use of our roads. Intelligent Cooperative Systems have already been implemented in some of the Volvo Group’s research trucks.

At the Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) World Congress in Vienna in 2012, the Volvo Group conducted two demonstrations, both operated in live Vienna traffic. Both vehicle-2-vehicle and vehicle-2-infrastructure concepts were demonstrated.