What is... ITS?

Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) are technologies and systems associated with the management, operation and use of a broad range of transport modes and their inter-relationship with other infrastructure.

The scale and complexity of ITS solutions ranges from individual stand-alone applications through to highly intricate systems deployments. ITS applications are typically implemented to provide solutions to:

- Improve Safety

- Increase Capacity

- Inform Users

- Manage Assets

Examples of existing ITS infrastructure range from individual speed activated signs to complex Urban Traffic Control (UTC) Systems which co-ordinate the operation of traffic signals across road networks (typically using real-time data from an array of traffic sensors) and integrate with a range of different ITS features, such as traveller, journey time, parking, and meteorological information sub-systems and incorporate these with active network management features.

However, ITS system applications and requirements are advancing rapidly, these include:

- Active Traffic Management (ATM) applications on motorways which use technology to control shoulder running have been increasingly used to maximise capacity

- Road charging and integrated ticketing systems are used to encourage users to consider modal choices and the timing of journeys to ease congestion and pollution

- In the near future, connected and autonomous vehicles could radically alter the infrastructure deployments on the highway network. In the interim, it is probable that features to improve efficiency and safety through the provision of on-line information which equip vehicles with computerised systems which assist the driver (e.g. active cruise control and lane departure) will become increasingly sophisticated.