National highways to create “digital roads”


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The initiative is part of a “digital revolution” that aims to transform its operations. The virtual twin of the road network is one of the innovations put into place in the new National Highway Digital Roads Strategy, which is outlined on a new “Digital Roads” and “Virtual Learning Environment” website. Other initiatives include self-repairing smart road materials and a more connected and autonomous factory. The web pages outline the company’s vision for digital roads 2025 and how the growth of digital technology and the transition to electric, connected and autonomous vehicles will fundamentally change roads in the future. “We are at the beginning of a digital revolution on our road network, a once-in-the-century transformation that will fundamentally change how our roads are designed, built, and operated,” said Elliot Shaw, Executive Director of Strategy and Planning at National Highways. The future, huge Covers every aspect of road infrastructure from design and construction, to how roads are operated to the changing experience of all road users Digital roads will make our roads safer and greener Improvements and maintenance will be delivered faster with less disruption and road users will have better experience A much better all-inclusive trip, with savings in time and travel cost.” National Highways, formerly Highways England, is laying the foundations for its digital vision through several partnerships. The twinning system is being developed in collaboration with the United Kingdom Research and Innovation (UKRI), the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the EU’s MSCA COFUND programme, Costin and the University of Cambridge. It will see graphics and static models replaced with digital versions that can identify when maintenance is needed. The system is being developed thanks to two grants: the EPSRC Digital Roads Prosperity Partnership grant of £8.6 million, and the EU’s MSCA COFUND Future Roads Fellowship Program of £6 million. National Highways is gearing up to launch a digital road innovation competition later in the year to seek new ideas and participate. This will be funded through a dedicated Innovation and Modernization Fund. The Principal Investigator at the University of Cambridge in these grants, Dr. Ioannis Prelakis, said: “It is time for the transport infrastructure sector to embrace digital transformation. We should strive to replace static 3D graphics and models with dynamic and data-rich digital twins, pdf documents with databases, and the exchange of Files with cloud permission exchange, passive materials with smart materials capable of sensing and healing themselves and automating all manual routine maintenance. All this is possible based on data science, capable of creating rich data-driven insights to help us make better decisions.” National Highways said the combination Between “live” data from smart materials in the existing road surface with a digital twinning system that visualizes the road and its condition will determine when maintenance work is needed, with roads able to repair themselves using self-repair materials. She believes this will significantly reduce the need for time-consuming and costly on-site inspections, prevent unnecessary delays for drivers and reduce emissions from roadworks. Also in use or under development are a connected and stand-alone plant, off-site manufacturing and modular construction methods. For example, an automatic cone laying machine (pictured) was developed by the National Highway Innovation Fund. In addition to reducing driver disruption, these steps aim to reduce associated carbon emissions by about 50% and help achieve the goal of zero injuries or fatalities on the grid by 2040. Minister for Roads Baroness Ferry said: “From digital road models can predict where Required for maintenance on realistic road network, self-repairing road surfaces and automated conical machinery, we are committed to keeping the UK at the forefront of technological developments.” Smoother and safer.” In the long term, the deployment of connected and autonomous vehicles is expected to significantly improve traffic flow and reduce accidents by up to 90%. Ian Batty, direct former head of ITS (UK) said: “Visibility of motorways National Roads Digital will transform UK road transport; Harnessing technology to create greener, safer, more inclusive and reliable mobility – the embodiment of an intelligent transportation system. Visitors to the new site will be able to enter a ‘virtual learning environment’ with additional information about how National Highways delivers its vision and impact on road users, employees, and companies in the supply chain. The vision for digital roads also goes beyond 2025 and looks to 2050 and beyond. Cargo Platoon, Personal Messages Inside the car, as well as vehicle sharing of data, uncrowded, sign-free roads are some of the ambitions for the roads of the future.Have a story?Email [email protected]


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