While activists and world leaders are preoccupied with the challenges of transitioning from fossil fuels to renewable energy, the carbon intensity of road infrastructure remains under reported, if at all. The fact that the average service life of roads is 10-15 years provides us all with a clear event horizon directly connected to the Paris Agreement in 2035 and 2050.
In most developing countries, expenditure on road maintenance is often below the required optimum maintenance needs, resulting in a maintenance backlog and loss of road assets due to deferred maintenance. Road users bear the cost of poor maintenance directly and should therefore be ready to pay extra for maintenance
As people journey to work post-COVID, road congestion is easing its way back into people's everyday lives, hindering travel with slower speeds and longer trip times. The vision of progress within public, private, and shared transportation modes lie in Mobility on Demand (MOD) and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions.
The Waze navigation application already has a functionality to report road hazards and warn other users of the application. However resolving these road hazards required manual reports to road agencies through existing communication channels. Latvia’s agency in charge of road maintenance has gained access to the Waze report feed, as a result of which up to 70 % from total reports processed by the agency are generated by Waze.
When ETI Founder and Chairman Sun-Ho Choi first started his business in Korea, he was inspired by an epiphany that he had while visiting a Buddhist Monastery in Tibet.
The use of Reclaimed Asphalt reduces the required amount of virgin aggregates and binder, leading to cost reduction, energy conservation as well as increased sustainable pavement practices even in hot climate conditions
Infrastructure investment is likely to receive new attention as a means of recovering from the COVID related economic recession and a way of stimulating a jobs recovery. Economic activity during this pandemic has fallen even more precipitously than it did in the crash of 1929.
Prior to the pandemic, one of the hottest topics in our industry was the potential for automated vehicles to increase safety and mobility while decreasing congestion.
Let’s start working immediately for the maximum diffusion of technology and ITS in the post-crisis.
Transportation in the U.S. after COVID-19: A bold vision of research and investment in the transportation systems of the future.
IRF sponsored a foresight session on energy-efficient sustainable pavements during the recent PIARC World Road Congress in Abu Dhabi. The aim of the session was to present a comparative benchmark of the state of readiness of the most promising pavement technologies.
The IRF Transport Connectivity Forum, one of the largest transport events in Montenegro, brought together senior political representatives from the Balkan region together with transport industry partners for a forward-looking dialogue on advancing the region’s ambitious connectivity agenda.
IRF organized a two-day symposium in Zagreb, Croatia to take stock of international experience in the design and maintenance of traffic signs and pavement markings, and of global efforts to roll out new guidelines for connected & autonomous driving, through a cross-sector panel of road agencies, research institutions and industry stakeholders.
Op-Ed: With the rapid development of new technologies, officials around the world are quickly adopting more sophisticated and data-driven approaches to asset management that were previously not possible.
The IRF is convening a one-day best practice workshop on February 18, 2020 addressing excessive speeding & distracted driving as part of an official side event to the 3rd Global Ministerial Road Safety Conference in Stockholm Sweden.