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Future intelligent infrastructure: developing scenarios to look at future road charging options?

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Phil BlytheORCiD, Professor Eric Sampson, Simon Edwards, Hannah Parker


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In considering the future of road transport and the role tolling and demand-management-led road user charging and congestion charging schemes may play, it is worth taking a speculative look into the long term future to explore whether future trends may be predicted by a broad ranging look at what new technologies may emerge, for example, to put more intelligence into the transport infrastructure. This intelligence, and the blurring of the relationship between the infrastructure and the vehicle through major ITS communications initiatives, may deliver opportunities for new paradigms in road use charging that are not just based upon cost recovery, or congestion management, but on pricing the environmental impacts and consequential carbon footprint of a car journey. In the UK such a future scoping exercise has been undertaken under the office of Science and Technology Foresight programme. The Intelligent Infrastructure Systems Study set out to explore how science and technology could, over the next 50 years, bring intelligence into infrastructure to meet these demanding and sometimes conflicting objectives.

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Author(s): Blythe PT, Sampson E, Edwards S, Bryan HR

Publication type: Conference Proceedings (inc. Abstract)

Publication status: Published

Conference Name: 15th ITS World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems

Year of Conference: 2008

Publisher: ITS