Rubén M.Cenzano

Chartered Civil Engineer specialised in Transportation

Ingeniero de Caminos especialista en Transporte

emergency vehicle priority reduces response times by 20%

Posted On Thursday, 17 December 2015

A US$6 million rollout of new traffic signal technology is to be rolled out across Queensland, Australia, over the next four years to improve travel times for emergency services vehicles, allowing quicker response times to priority incidents across the state.

Emergency vehicle priority (EVP) technology automatically interrupts traffic signal operations to provide a green light signal to emergency response vehicles when safe to do so.

A recent performance evaluation of EVP in the Gold Coast area has shown that travel time for EVP equipped vehicles was reduced by 17-26% compared to non-EVP equipped vehicles.

39% of UK transport users would consider using a driverless car

Posted On Tuesday, 15 December 2015

According to a new research, 39% of people in the UK would now consider using a self-driving vehicle if it was available, rising to as high as 62% amongst young professionals living in cities.

Further findings included:
  • The study identified 10 Value Spaces for Intelligent Mobility with estimated £56bn of value (revenue opportunities) in the UK alone
  • 75% of journeys are characterised by pain-points and 57% of travellers are always looking for ways to optimise their journeys
  • Multi-modal journeys are especially painful for UK travellers and each interchange increases the number of pain-points experienced
  • Overall, UK travellers today exhibit progressive attitudes and 57% of respondents would not mind sharing their personal data in order to get a better service.
  • UK travellers are increasingly connected (72% smartphone penetration) and more than half of smartphone users already consider it essential to their travel experience.
  • The scale of unmet traveller needs is greatest in three segments that constitute approximately 60% of the population and make up 73% of annual journeys in the UK. Across these three key segments (Progressive Metropolitans, Default Motorists, and Dependent Passengers), there are significant opportunities for new Intelligent Mobility solutions.
  • Intelligent Mobility will require the integration of different technologies, products and services that will result in a step change in mobility. Four Development Themes (Access, Automation, Demand and Supply, and Integration) have been described in the study.
  • From the Development Themes, the study highlights six Core Capabilities for priority development to position the UK as a global leader in Intelligent Mobility.
More info: UK Traveller Needs

the benefits of shifting to cycling

Posted On Thursday, 10 December 2015

The Institute for Transportation and Development Policy (ITDP; has recently published an interesting infographic about the benefits of shifting to cycling. Have a look a think about it:



Oslo moves to ban city centre traffic

Posted On Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Cars will be banned from central Oslo by 2019 to help reduce pollution, local politicians said this week, in what they said would be the first comprehensive and permanent ban for a European capital.

"We want to have a car-free centre," Lan Marie Nguyen Berg, lead negotiator for the Green Party in Oslo, told reporters. "We want to make it better for pedestrians, cyclists. It will be better for shops and everyone."

Under the plans, the council will build at least 60 kilometres of bicycle lanes by 2019, the date of the next municipal elections, and provide a "massive boost" of investment in public transport.

Buses and trams will continue to serve the city centre and arrangements will be found for cars carrying disabled people and vehicles transporting goods to stores, the three parties said in a joint declaration.

Oslo has around 600,000 inhabitants and almost 350,000 cars in the whole city. Most car owners live outside the city centre but within Oslo's boundaries.

Scania reveals Mega Bus to target the BRT market

Posted On Thursday, 3 December 2015

Scania recently unveiled a 28-metre bi-articulated bus with a passenger capacity of up to 270 people aimed specifically for the bus rapid transit (BRT) market.

The bus is equipped with five doors for an efficient and smooth passenger flow and, despite its higher price tag, Scania calculates that the passenger-per-kilometre cost is 40% lower compared with a conventional articulated bus.

Traveller experience study identifies key themes for improving transport network

Posted On Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Public transport is considered to be poor value for money with the ‘high cost of the journey’ being the most cited pain-point (17%). For private cars, the ‘start-and-stop’ nature of driving along with parking are the most cited pain-points (12% each).

Multi-modal journeys are especially painful for UK travellers and each interchange increases the number of pain-points experienced. Interestingly, 31% of journeys made today in the UK would not have been made if alternative means were available that didn’t necessitate physical travel (i.e. ‘virtual mobility’).

The research conducted in the unprecedented study comprised of 10,000 on-line questionnaire respondents, 50 company interviews, and 100 expert interviews.

The study indicates that the answer to the issues lies in the emerging “Intelligent Mobility” industry – utilising emerging technology such as autonomous vehicles, with 39% of those survey indicating they would consider driverless cars today, as well as exploiting mobile data to enable user-focused, integrated, efficient and sustainable transport systems. Such a solution would break down the barriers between distinct transport services to offer smart, seamless, end to end journeys.

Development areas for Intelligent Mobility:
  • Access – Multi-purposed assets, cross modal traveller ‘passports’, integrated payments.
  • Automation – Vehicle sharing schemes, self-driving vehicle swarms, productive time on journeys, zero emission power trains
  • Demand and Supply -  centralized control, parking problems solved, road traffic flow optimization, demand curve ‘flattening’ and geo/time shifting demand
  • Integration – Seamless Interchange, personal-pushed information, dynamic timetabling

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