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Urban Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS)

Making roads safer and reducing journey time in our towns and cities with wide-area accurate detection

Accurately detect all vehicles types, in all weather and light conditions, with minimal infrastructure

The challenge

We’ve proven our ClearWay ITS systems globally, contributing to some of the world’s safest highways — such as in Sweden. However, some of the most dangerous roads are those in our towns and cities. A RAC Foundation report found that accidents in the UK were seven times more likely to occur on an urban road than on a motorway. 

To help meet this challenge we are applying our ClearWay radar-based technology to enhance road safety and traffic flow in the urban environment. Our Urban ITS solution would make roads in our cities safer and reduce journey times with applications such as Dynamic Traffic Management, Cyclist Detection, Intersection Optimisation and Count and Classify. We are already working with the leading Urban Traffic Control companies on our development and welcome any further input.

How will it work?

The aim is that the Urban ITS solution would provide comprehensive real-time data that can be used to optimise traffic flow, prioritise cyclists, rapidly detect incidents at junctions and provide accurate information about road usage to inform decision making. 

From our work on Highways have already proven that ClearWay high-definition radars can accurately detect all types of vehicles. Their 360° long-range coverage and refresh rate of 4Hz mean all road activity is continuously monitored across multiple lanes and on both sides of the road.

The solution is fully automated and can be integrated with existing systems. It operates reliably in all light and weather conditions and is cost-effective to install and maintain. It can be installed at the roadside, unlike other solutions that require significant roadworks. 

The ClearWay Urban ITS solution should deliver multiple capabilities such as: 

  • Dynamic Traffic Management - predict and optimise traffic flow through junctions and reduce journey times
  • Accurate Cyclist Detection - prioritise cyclists to encourage multi-modal transport and reduce emissions
  • Intersection Optimisation - rapidly detect incidents at key junctions to improve safety
  • Count and Classify - make informed decisions with accurate data about the type and volume of traffic across your road network
Expected technical performance

The Urban ITS solution will use the proven ClearWay 360°, high-definition radar-based technology deployed on strategic roads across the world. The best available technology for reliable detection in all weather and light conditions — it works in rain, fog, snow and complete darkness. ClearWay radars have a detection range of up to 500 metres in all directions. 

  • 360° high-definition radar technology
  • Fully automated detection
  • Accurately detect all types of vehicles 
  • Pedestrian detection
  • Long-range coverage, across all lanes
Raw radar data image

Real-time, wide-area radar detection at an intersecton

About ClearWay

ClearWay is a proven ITS safety solution for highways, bridges and tunnels. Deployed by road authorities in over 46 countries it delivers multiple capabilities such as Automatic Incident Detection, Stopped Vehicle Detection, Debris Detection, Pedestrian Detection and  Wrong-Way driver detection.  A radar-based solution it detects in all weathers and light conditions including in adverse conditions when other sensors can fail.

Louise Early, Marketing and Commercial Director at Navtech Radar

Marketing and Commercial Director at Navtech Radar

"Our radars are already proven to work in demanding conditions detecting anything from debris and pedestrians up to the largest vehicles.

We are looking to take this technology into the cities where most journeys are taken, there is the greatest potential for efficiency gains and most traffic collisions occur.

We are already working with the leading Urban Traffic Control companies on our development and welcome any further input."

Contact us to discuss the opportunity to trial this new technology

Article first published: 25/01/2021

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