Aarhus City Lab

Traffic Control Center

A better and more efficient traffic flow

As part of the development of the infrastructure in the City of Aarhus, intelligent transport systems (ITS), including a traffic control center, will improve the accessibility of all kinds of transportation by optimizing traffic flow.

 

The first step towards a traffic control center in Aarhus is already visible at the intersection, which connects the areas around Godsbanen with Søren Frichs Vej. This is the first of Aarhus Municipality's 232 intersections, which will be connected to the new technology, that makes it possible to optimize traffic flow in Aarhus with short notice. At the moment, there are 15 intersections in operation on the new system and more are being added all the time. Data is the most important foundation for regulating traffic systems, as data on traffic can help predict challenges, which allows for better regulations.

In this context, a manned traffic control center will be able to deal with issues and reduce the consequences. The main purpose of the traffic control center will be to ensure daily traffic flow in the best possible way, both in general and when traffic incidents occur.
At the beginning, the traffic control center will be manned during peak hours as well as other periods when needed, for example at major events. In the longer run, it is planned that the control center will be staffed 24 hours a day. In this way, traffic can be monitored, and real-time challenges can be responded to immediately.

 

In the future, Artificial Intelligence (AI) can also help detect changes in traffic patterns and initiate scenarios for a better traffic flow by using data and Machine Learning.

AI and the new traffic control center will become an important part of a flexible infrastructure in Aarhus, which will benefit to a more sustainable city. By 2030, the transportation sector will constitute the largest source of CO2 emissions in the City of Aarhus, of which cars make up the largest share of CO2 emissions from that sector. By optimizing the traffic in Aarhus, the cars will get through the city faster. It creates a smooth traffic flow with fewer start/stops, which can not only save time, but also fuel consumption. In the long run, this will benefit the larger purpose of a more sustainable Denmark, as well as Aarhus Municipality's goal of becoming CO2-netural in 2030.