Ministry plans to promote intelligent transport systems

VietNamNet Bridge – The Ministry of Transport will soon issue a set of regulations to drive forward its plans to implement intelligent transportation systems in 2013.

Deputy Minister Nguyen Ngoc Dong, said the ministry will select technologies for intelligent transportation systems which suit domestic highway routes by 2015.

Experts said intelligent transportation systems include the application of advanced information processing (computers), communications, technologies and management strategies, in an integrated manner to improve the safety, capacity and efficiency of the transportation system.

Intelligent transportation systems are commonly used in other countries, however, Viet Nam is only taking initial steps to pilot some of the projects, Dong said.

Intelligent transportation systems are believed to be one of the key solutions to transport development and traffic safety in the country, he said.

People not in the habit of using credit cards for payment might causes difficulties in applying intelligent transportation systems, he said.

A perfect legal framework is imperative for effectively applying the systems in Viet Nam in the coming time, he added.

The ministry's strategy of applying intelligent transport systems in a period of 2012-2030 will be divided into three phases.

The first phase, between 2012 and 2015, three centres to co-operate and control traffic situation in regions of north, central and south will be built.

At the same time, equipment will be installed including closed circuit television camera; weather forecast devices, in-road restricted visibility lighting; highway advisory radio; traffic monitoring devices; and other traffic management field equipment.

Under the second phase in a period of 2015-20 and the third phase in a period of 2020-30, the ministry will continue updating information-technology application and perfecting intelligent transport systems' services.

Source: VNS

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