The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) and ITS (UK) joint task force is calling for case studies on emerging transport technologies used by local authorities to help explain the potential benefits of new ITS technology and showcase what is relevant and upcoming.
This is for the latest Local Authority Guide to Emerging Transport Technology, which will help local authorities make use of new technologies, such as smart phones and electric vehicles, to revolutionise local transport systems. While there can be no doubt that investment in transport technology can deliver benefits in terms of better operation, increased accessibility and reduced ongoing costs, it is vital to ensure the procurement decisions made by local authorities are suitable for their needs.
The guide aims to:
- Promote strategic thinking and policy development
- Help local authorities to deliver their objectives for local transport in a way that reduces ongoing costs through the use of emerging technology
- Avoid investment in technology that will be over-taken in a few years’ time
- Ensure local authorities are equipped to get the best out the consultancy services they use and are able to write briefs that challenge consultants to be innovative.
- Provide confidence that technology decision made now will be relevant in the future
The guide will also help local authorities deliver local transport objectives in a way that reduces cost through the use of new, emerging technology. The report is intended to help local authorities ‘future proof’ their investment in transport technology and ensure decisions made today reflect likely future needs.
The guide will highlight case studies where emerging technology is already being utilised in order to create a more efficient local transport system.
The task force is led by Darren Capes, IET Transport Policy Panel member and Transport Systems Manager at City of York Council. If you have a technology / implementation which you think merits inclusion in the updated Guide, please complete the case study template available here. Please submit your case study by the 30th September. Case studies submitted after this date may still appear on the IET website but will not be included in the printed guide. You can read the current edition of the Guide here.
Photo shows Anna Bonne of the IET and Jennie Martin of ITS (UK) launching the search for case studies