GPS to help ease traffic nightmare

HA NOI (VNS)— A smart national transport system has been proposed to combat traffic jams.

Transport Minister Dinh La Thang has asked the National Committee for Traffic Safety to study the proposal from the Viet Nam Software and Information Technology Services Association (VINASA).

Under this plan, global positioning systems (GPS) would be installed in buses and taxis.

A camera network and software to analyse traffic movement would also be required.

These statistics would help traffic coordinators warn road-users where to avoid congestion spots.

Motorists could observe the traffic situation through a digital map via smart phones or computers with internet connection.

VINASA chairman Truong Gia Binh, said the FPT Company had done a lot of research before submitting the proposal.

Nguyen Hoang Hiep, deputy head of the traffic safety committee, said he believes it would a good solution for curbing congestion in urban areas.

"However, a detailed roadmap and funds are necessary to effectively run it," he added.

The committee expects to start operating the digital traffic map nationwide at the end of this year.

According to Thang, the system should take advantage of existing infrastructure to avoid wasting money.

The committee has been asked to submit a detailed plan to the ministry by June, he said.

Meanwhile, the vice-chairman of the Ha Noi People's Committee, Nguyen Van Khoi, has agreed with the Urban Railway Management Board's proposal to introduce electronic ticketing for the city's public transport system.

He has asked the Transport Department to cooperate with relevant agencies to suggest suitable technologies for the conversion.

The electronic ticketing would be used for buses, rapid transit, taxis and urban rail.

Khoi has also requested the department to report to his committee by May.

Source: VNS


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