Intelligent Transport Systems and Smart Mobility

The Netherlands is paving the way for the traffic management system of the future. A future in which vehicles communicate with one another and with roadside systems. 

Roadmap Better informed on the road

Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment Melanie Schultz van Haegen has presented parliament with her new action plan entitled ‘Better informed on the road’. The strategic action plan was developed under the supervision of a public-private consultative platform, made up of road operators, service providers, industry and research institutes. The platform was initiated by Connekt- ITS Netherlands. 

Connecting Mobility programme

The plan is being carried out as part of the national Connecting Mobility programme. This programme combines the strengths of public parties, knowledge institutions and companies to promote innovation in the field of intelligent transport systems. In line with the action plan, public and private partners are also determining how the Netherlands can exploit opportunities over the next decade (2012-2023).

Beter Benutten programme: the road-use efficiency programme

The 'Beter Benutten' investment programme is working on improving traffic flow in the country’s busiest regions, both inside and outside cities. Making mobility ‘intelligent’ can cut down door-to-door journey times, improve safety and liveability, and save unnecessary costs and fuss. From now until 2018, 'Beter Benutten' aims to encourage a step change with intelligent transport systems (ITS), in close cooperation with other public and private parties. The objective is twofold: measurable effects in specific regions before 2018 and sustainable continued development after 2018.

The programme will achieve these goals through joint investments and arrangements that have national, regional and local impact. Intelligent transport services will be rolled out on a large scale, involving more regions and larger numbers of users. The programme also pursues technical and commercial results. The aim is to achieve sustainable intelligent services that are less  depended, if at all, on permanent government investments.

The programme is implementing the transition pathways set out in the ‘Better informed on the road’ action plan, and is dedicated to improving in-transit information. Intelligence in and around the car, whether or not via smartphone, will support vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. This will improve travellers’ connectivity and support the developments on the road towards autonomous driving.