Felixstowe port’s busiest road linking it to all the main delivery area within the UK, the A14, has had plans excepted to become the most high tech road in the world. This has been welcomed by freight forwarders and shipping companies a like as this could stop any unnecessary delays on the rods making delivery times easier to estimate.
The new plan that has been outlined this month will allow the traffic to be analysed on live stream via Internet, this is done by utilising smart phones and the constant Internet connection they now hold as the signals can be sent over white spaces. The technology is going to be installed over a 50-mile stretch of the A14, which will have the sensors attached to the BT exchanges.
The venture has been developed by BT, the department for Transport and the Cambridge start up Nuel. Freight forwarders and shipping companies will be paying close attention to how the system develops, as it could become a major bonus for Felixstowe port, which is already ranked number one port in the UK. If the initial project is a success then long term plan is to have these sensors stretching the length of the A14 and then having signals control the traffic flow with variable speed limits, that unlike current ones in place will be working exactly to the current traffic needs. This could in the long term open up a lot of positives for freight forwarders and shipping companies arranging deliveries, not only should the traffic run more smoothly as a whole, it will also allow delivery companies to give the customer more pinpoint delivery times on the day of the delivery.
The technology could really be a break through into the new age of road travel, as this could allow cars to be controlled using the internet connection allowing the stream of traffic to be dictated by the company analysing the road. Although this may seem very futuristic, when you look at the advances made by Google on a fully automated car, which has been used on roads in the USA and the UK, this new idea seems to be a very distinct possibility.
One point for all freight forwarders and shipping companies to note, is to remember that to fund these new advances in technology the A14 is set to become a toll road, which will inevitably be passed onto the freight forwarders and the shipping companies a like. With the promise of less congestion and a more free flowing road, which is on such a vital road connecting the UK to world, is any freight forwarder or shipping companies really going to object.