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Highways England to test smart motorway ideas

Highways England are trialling smart motorways in the next 12 months.

The company have plans to trial new software, which would see motorists travelling on the A2/M2 connected corridor have information about traffic beamed to their car dashboard rather than it being displayed above the motorway on screens.

They wrote in their report: "During 2018-19, we will progress with the A2/M2 connected corridor, working in collaboration with the DfT, Transport for London and Kent County Council. This is part of the Interoperable Corridors (InterCor) project where the UK are partners with the Netherlands, France and Belgium. The project aims to enable vehicles and related road infrastructure to communicate data through cellular networks and ITS-G5 networks on road corridors running through the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium, and France. The goal is to achieve safer, more efficient and more convenient mobility of people and goods."

Their plan is to show information that would traditionally be displayed on screens across the motorway on people's dashboards instead.

They explained: "In this trial we will display information that would traditionally be shown on roadside signs, such as speed limits, to drivers on screens inside their vehicles. This will increase safety and, in the longer term, this may eventually allow some roadside infrastructure, such as gantries, to be removed ...

"In this trial we will warn drivers of approaching roadworks through screens inside their vehicles. This will allow drivers to change lanes in advance of the works to improve traffic flow and reduce the chance of vehicles entering the works, increasing safety for road users and road workers.

"In this trial we will advise drivers of the likely time it will take for the traffic light to change from green to red, or vice versa. This will allow the vehicle to display a safe speed to ensure they pass through a series of traffic lights on green. It is hoped that the trial will demonstrate some emission reduction benefits."

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