A pioneering traffic management system is being built on one of Melbourne's busiest roads to reduce congestion and improve road safety. The 2.5 km »Intelligent Corridor« uses sensors, cloud-based AI and machine learning algorithms, among other things, to achieve this.
The »Intelligent Corridor« on Nicholson Street in Carlton is being commissioned by the University of Melbourne, Austrian technology company Kapsch TrafficCom and the Victorian Department of Transport. It covers a 2.5-kilometer stretch of Nicholson Street between Alexandra and Victoria Parades in Melbourne.
The corridor uses sensors, cloud-based AI, machine learning algorithms, predictive models and real-time data collection to improve traffic management and minimize congestion. It also improves road safety for cars, pedestrians and cyclists and reduces emissions caused by congestion.
Various types of traffic sensors will be used, which have already been installed as part of the AIMES (Australian Integrated Multimodal EcoSystem) project. The corridor will also be further optimized over the next three years. The sensors will then connect and regulate all elements of the traffic environment. Safety metrics will feed into real-time traffic signal control derived from traffic safety software developed by the Advanced Mobility Analytics Group.
AIMES is an ecosystem for broad-scale testing of new networked transportation technologies in complex urban conurbations. It covers over 100 km of road network in Melbourne, enclosed by Lygon Street and Hoddle Street, and Victoria and Alexandra Parades. The project is funded by Victoria's Department of Transport.
The Intelligent Traffic Corridor marks an important new phase that will provide a new level of control, with sensors at every intersection and a variety of initiatives that will create a world-leading traffic management system.
AIMES Director and Professor of Transportation Engineering at the University of Melbourne, Majid Sarvi, believes the Intelligent Corridor will be a model for cities around the world to reduce the cost of urban congestion. According to Infrastructure Australia's 2019 Infrastructure Audit Report, road traffic delays cost the Australian economy $16.5 billion each year.
»In Melbourne alone, 492 people were killed in road traffic intersection crashes between 2006 and 2019: more than half of them were pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists. Our smart corridor will use the latest technology to better manage traffic and make our streets safer for everyone,« Sarvi said.
The project will collect before-and-after data to prove the corridor's effectiveness. The corridor's performance will be continuously optimized over the next three years to improve results, providing important lessons for implementation in other cities.
The Intelligent Corridor usesKapsch TrafficCom's EcoTrafiX corridor management platform. "From connected vehicles to autonomous driving and integrated mobility management, this technology lays the foundation for a sustainable and congestion-free future, using best-in-class multimodal demand management technologies such as the Kapsch EcoTrafix platform," commented Matthew McLeish, TrafficCom's Executive Vice-President for Asia Pacific.
The Intelligent Corridor is funded by an Australian Research Council grant of $2 million over the period 2021 to 2024, with participation from the University of Melbourne and industry partners Kapsch TrafficCom and Advanced Mobility Analytics Group.