AIDA meets Her Majesty Queen Beatrix and minister Eurlings
Royal attention for intelligent vehicles! On June 17, Her Majesty Queen Beatrix had a working visit organized by the Minister of Transport, Mr Camiel Eurlings. AIDA was invited to present technolocal innovations to reduce congestion and make traffic cleaner. Prof Dr Bart van Arem of the AIDA research centre at the University of Twente and TNO presented together with Dr Kerry Malone of TNO, the results of a study of Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop & Go function. This system, avalaible on the BMW vehicle that was shown, controls the speed and headway of the vehicle, also in urban traffic and congestion. AIDA research showed that congestion delays can be reduced by 30% if 10% of the vehicles are equipped with the system. The Queen showed great interest and was pleased with the potential impacts. Josine Reijnhoudt and Janet van Delden, both students Civil Engineering and Management of the University of Twente, presented the concept of Green Navigation that they developed in the course on Intelligent Transport Systems. A Green Navigation system will avoid drivers to take routes through areas with bad air quality. Research by Josine and Janet showed that drivers are prepared to sacrifice travel time to contribute to better air quality. As air quality is a sigificant problem caused to a large extent by road transport, the Queen greatly appreciatred the concept of Green Navigation.