GPS trackers could be the way forward in helping to unblock the roads of major towns and cities. Today’s journey to work, holiday trip or Sunday drive can rapidly turn into a nightmare as Britain’s roads become increasingly congested. The average road speed in certain parts of the country is not much faster than horse and carts were over a hundred years ago.
GPS users network
GPS tracking gives road users the opportunity to plan their routes in advance; by constant monitoring of their road use they are able to take less congested roads. GPS trackers are also able to react to live traffic streaming and able to advise drivers of delays or bottlenecks ahead.
Using modern satellite technology tracking units fitted to cars operates in two ways, they can record a cars driving statistics, such as speed, direction and time stationary and also calculate the vehicles average fuel consumption, efficiency of driving and areas along the journey that can cause delay.
The latest GPS tracking devices can also display live feeds of a journey and keep track of the vehicles position. This information can be fed into traffic data centres and give drivers up to date details of the road in front of them and whether an alternative direction may prove quicker.
This also works well for certain public transport systems such as taxis, national coaches and courier delivery drivers who are all dependent on providing a quick and efficient service. While local bus drivers are not able to alter their routes, clearing the major roads of some traffic will also make their trips less likely to delay. This is also true for emergency service personal, who although dependent on the public clearing a path through grid locked areas, would be able to be directed down quicker, less blocked streets.
Benefits of GPS tracking
The benefits of a GPS controlled and advised road network gives people a less stressful trip into work or start to their holidays. It means that they will be able to drive their car more responsibly and as a result, at better fuel saving speeds. The net result will be a less chaotic rush hour and safer streets for all.
All that is necessary is for these systems that are already in existence to be combined into an integrated network that keeps road users aware of the traffic conditions they are likely to encounter and offer alternative strategies to avoid unnecessary and unwanted disruptions. GPS tracking will increasingly see this traffic calming measure become a reality as more car drivers fit units to their vehicles.