Car insurance: GPS technology enlisted to help traffic flow in Northumberland

Monday, 04 January 2010

New technology similar to that used by satellite navigation systems has been introduced to help traffic flow and improve road safety for car insurance customers in Northumberland.

The state-of-the-art device will collect information in areas covered by Traffic Regulation Orders (TROs), which create local traffic 'rules' and help to manage one-way systems, speed limits, weight limits and loading bays, reports the Morpeth Herald.

A local authority can impose TROs for a number of reasons, such as to improve safety where road conditions impede traffic and to reduce traffic congestion and noise.
Now, to keep track of the some 1,500 separate TROs across the borough, Northumberland County Council will use a high accuracy GPS (Global Positioning System) to consolidate the orders into more manageable data.

Whereas previous methods of tracking TROs necessitates a team to work together, the new mapping software requires just one surveyor to carry out inspections.

Details of existing road markings, such as colour, width and type, as well as the type and size of associated signs are all being recorded and the consolidated orders will be advertised and consulted upon.

Posted by Noel Martin

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