The City of Helmond is a small (90,000 inhabitants) city in the South‐East of the Netherlands, a region also known as the Brainport region. This Brainport region consists of leading high‐tech industries, amongst them many companies that are active in the automotive/mobility sector and many innovative SMEs. The City of Helmond hosts the Automotive
Campus with leading institutions and companies in the automotive and mobility sector and as such plays the role of physical hotspot where the automotive world and mobility world meet. Based on their mobility policy, the city has played and will play an active role as a Living Lab for smart mobility solutions over the coming years, with a clear “can-do” approach.
Because of turning the sound policy base into real actions, City of Helmond has been awarded the 2011 European iMobility award and is nominated for the 2017 ITS Hall of Fame award for local authorities.
CoEXist use cases in Helmond
Signalised urban traffic junctions in urban environment with various modes of transport
Being an automotive, but also at the same time a real cycling city, in the first use case Helmond measures the traffic management impact of automated vehicles in the mixed traffic situation of Helmond, i.e. traffic simulations including cyclists, but also pedestrians and trucks. Main questions that Helmond tries to answer in the framework of CoEXist are:
- How do we have to manage our traffic controllers in future?
- How could we prioritize certain groups of road users?
Highway and interurban zones
The second use case is located in the transition zone between the interurban highway A270 and the urban road track with each of course having very different speed limits and traffic situations. The focus is put on the safety aspects at the junction at the end of the highway, where the highway changes into an interurban area. Especially exploring and evaluating the impact of providing Intelligent Speed Adaptation (ISA) to the vehicles compared to non-equipped vehicles would give very valuable insights for the city itself, but also for other public authorities. This should help reduce speeding which is still a main cause of accidents today.