More and more commuters have recognized the convenience and benefits of managed lane roadways. Agencies are responding to this growing acceptance by expanding these facilities and creating a safe and efficient regional network of managed lanes. Due to the overall magnitude of these projects and their potential to dramatically improve mobility, agencies look to optimize toll operations by developing an end-to-end customer experience for motorists.
Connected and autonomous vehicle technology will ultimately reshape our entire transportation industry, writes RS&H Vice President and Tolls Service Group Leader Mike Davis in the latest issue of Florida Engineering Society Journal. You can read the entire story by clicking the link below:
Connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) technology will ultimately reshape our entire transportation industry. The change is already happening — 41 states have either introduced or enacted autonomous vehicle legislation since 2012, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
It seems every day we are introduced to a new technological marvel. From the multitudes of mobile applications arriving daily on the market place, to vehicle-to-infrastructure communication technology that will change transportation in inner-cities, technology is evolving at such a fast pace that, while exciting, it has become difficult to keep up. Individuals and industries alike are struggling to understand how the “latest and the greatest” technologies will simplify our lives and how to implement those technologies cost effectively to improve the user experience.
The tolling industry is certainly no different and arguably has the most to gain – or lose – from some of these advancements. While the macro-effect on the tolling industry from some of the newer technologies (e.g. connected and autonomous vehicles) will not be fully understood for quite some time, there are other advancements currently being implemented that will have a more immediate effect.
While technology is often synonymous with automation, improved human connection and convenience, new technology and the sharing economy are changing and impacting many aspects of our daily lives. The way we travel – from planning a vacation to driving to work – can be enhanced with a large amount of data, apps, and friendly assistants like Siri, Alexa, and now Bixby.
Technology advances are occurring so quickly that ideas often go from fantasy to reality to dependency in only a few years, rather than decades. The evolution of smartphones within the past 10 years alone is a testament to the rapid pace of our advancing technology.