Assessment of ITS measures for South Africa

M.J.W.A. Vanderschuren, M.F.A.M. van Maarseveen

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    South African government, public and private organisations are investigating the potential benefits of the application of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in South Africa. This paper describes the results of an impact assessment for two South African Highway corridors: the Ben Schoeman Highway in Gauteng and the N2 near Cape Town. The ex ante evaluation study has been performed using the microscopic traffic simulation model Paramics. Since driving behaviour on South African roads is very different from driving behaviour in Europe or the US, the model had to be calibrated using actual data. Based on a scan of international literature, it was concluded that bus/High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes, the application of Variable Message Signs (VMS) to limit speeds and ramp metering are the most promising ITS measures for South Africa. The results of the scenario analyses for these ITS measures are discussed and compared with findings in the literature.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 13th Intelligent Transport Systems World Congress, 8-12 October 2006, London, UK
    Place of PublicationLondon, UK
    Number of pages12
    Publication statusPublished - 2006
    Event13th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, ITS 2006 - London, United Kingdom
    Duration: 8 Oct 200612 Oct 2006
    Conference number: 13


    Conference13th World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems and Services, ITS 2006
    Abbreviated titleITS
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom


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