Road vehicles play a vital role in society – transporting people and goods. But they also contribute to more than a million deaths every year. And then there’s the cost of traffic congestion – including wasted fuel, time that could be spent more productively, and higher business costs – which already amounts to well over USD 100 billion a year in the US alone.
Road traffic authorities currently rely on limited data sets from a small number of sources such as road sensors and traffic cameras to manage traffic flow by, for example, controlling traffic lights. That data is also used to provide traffic advisories to drivers, helping them avoid potentially risky road conditions, such as lane closures and road works.
Ericsson understands the benefits of increasing road safety and improving traffic flow. That’s why the company has created the Connected Traffic Cloud – a managed cloud platform that enables sharing of real-time traffic and road conditions data between connected vehicles and road traffic authorities.
With Connected Traffic Cloud, road authorities can aggregate and analyze diverse, real-time information from the participating connected vehicles and devices, expanding their insight and allowing them to form appropriate response and action.
Connected Traffic Cloud combines components of industry applications, service enablement, connectivity management and consulting and systems integration services. Each element has been proven in multiple commercial applications, including other industry-specific managed cloud platforms such as the 14-times award winner Connected Vehicle Cloud.