The second half of the day was a choice between Economy & Environment. I chose environment as I was curious of some of the solutions to help fuel emissions and reducing our carbon footprint in research stages that may soon hit our cities.
Paul Goodman from Newcastle University pitched the’ Newcastle C-ITS Smart Corridor’ project, this uses smart technology to help manage traffic flow. This project is being tested on Gosforth High Street, Newcastle and is 1 of the only 2 running schemes in the country. The Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems project involves connecting buses with traffic signals ‘to improve bus journeys for passengers, reduce congestion at key junctions and improve air quality on major bus routes’ (www.ncl.ac.uk, 23 Feb 2017). There is a detection system on board each bus which ‘talks’ to the traffic light system to detect the incoming distance of a bus. This will inevitably improve congestion by reducing the stopping and starting rates of bus services, which in turn reduces the rate of fuel emissions.
Similarly, Francis Robson from CENEX pitched the Autonomous & Connected Vehicles for CleaneR Air project (ACCRA), which looks at the air quality around Leeds City Centre. This is a 12 month project which is looking at developing a system capable of energy management to ensure the vehicle is running in zero emissions. This is ‘controlled by an array of sensors and future predictions of the air quality based on weather and traffic data’ https://campaigns.dynniq.co.uk) . The Decision Making Engine (DME) will then monitor and control the location of the zero emission operation, alongside choosing the duration using plug –in and range-extended hybrids.
Data collation is already underway for both projects, to which the next questions would be: how can we collate the information into a feasible solution for future long and short term use? How can we obtain data and statistics from an ‘average’ population, when the world is ever changing and cities population rates are all different?
By Hayley Izzard
Dynniq, Project ACCRA, https://campaigns.dynniq.co.uk/accra/#register
Newcastle University, Smart traffic scheme given the green light, http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press/articles/archive/2017/02/automatedtransport/
Notes collated from IMPART conference