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ICT for Transport

ICT for Transport

Opportunities and Threats

NECTAR Series on Transportation and Communications Networks Research

Edited by Nikolas Thomopoulos, Mosche Givoni and Piet Rietveld

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are rapidly evolving and taking centre stage in everyday life in the 21st century alongside the increasing importance and value of information. This is particularly evident in the transport sector where ICT is greatly influencing our mobility and travel choices as well as travel experiences. With this background, this book provides evidence regarding the opportunities, threats, underlying principles and practical issues faced when deploying ICT for transport applications. By focusing on infrastructure, people and processes, the contributors to this book illustrate the challenges for academics, practitioners and policy makers alike through diverse case studies from across the world.

Chapter 11: A critical overview of ICT deployment in transport in Europe

Yannis Tyrinopoulos, Anna Kortsari and Maria Chatziathanasiou

Subjects: economics and finance, regional economics, transport, innovation and technology, technology and ict, urban and regional studies, transport


The chapter aims to serve the overall goals of the book by providing a sound collection of successful ICT implementations, barriers that prohibit the wider ICT deployment, as well as recommendations to tackle these barriers and to accelerate the take-up of advanced technologies in Europe. In this respect, threats and opportunities are directly addressed. The chapter also includes useful background information about European transport policy, with clear emphasis on ICT for transport, and the key stakeholders involved in the promotion of ICT in transport in Europe. Overall, 70 good practices have been reviewed on three different levels, those of transport sector, transport mode and thematic area. All 70 of them have been critically reviewed using specific criteria defined for that purpose, such as impacts of each ITS implementation, level of user acceptance and degree of penetration in the transport modes. Fifteen of these good practices have undergone a more thorough analysis. Several interesting findings related to ITS deployment across Europe have been derived, such as the vast majority of ITS applications implemented for road transport (64 per cent), following the predominance of road transport movements, and the use of Variable Message Signs on the Slovenian highways, where there has been a reduction of approximately 18 per cent in traffic accidents.

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