Applications for smartphones, connected vehicles, Weight-in-Motion for HGVs (WIM), improved weather predictions and other aspects are on the horizon. The end of 2018 is the deadline announced by the Walloon government and its financial arm, SOFICO, to implement an entire series of “dynamic and intelligent” traffic management projects on motorways and other major national routes through Wallonia.
Recently SOFICO has approved a financial investment plan, the “ITS” (Intelligent Transport System), developed with the Walloon administration for a total of €166 million (half being ploughed into investment, and half going towards operations).
The Walloon Minister for Transport, Carlo Di Antonio stressed, “These investments fall within a European strategy of widespread ITS deployment, the first phase of entirely autonomous vehicles.” He presented this plan to the press at the Centre PEREX, which is the regional traffic centre. The plan includes the area in the process of being quintupled, below the Daussoulx Intersection (E42/E411).
The scheme, in particular, anticipates the entry into service next December of a detection imaging system, to pick up any form of HGV overloading. The system will spot axles and tyres upon which excessive pressure is placed, and will consequently send a penalty fine to the relevant transport company.
The development of Web and smartphone applications for users is also planned for December 2018. It will, from then on, replace assistance markers, providing information upon traffic conditions and roadworks and a calibrated Web radio, broadcasting over the section upon which the given user is moving.
The implementation of an infrastructure capable of interacting with “connected vehicles”, a first step to driverless cars, has also been announced for the end of this year as part of the European C-Roads project.