On April 21, 2023, SmartwayZ.NL initiated a test with wildlife detection along the N69 as part of the Talking Traffic partnership.
The project aims to increase traffic safety and reduce the number of collisions with crossing animals. To achieve this, the approach is to provide warnings to drivers through the Waze navigation app, in addition to the dynamic signs already present along the road. If the test is successful, the technology can be expanded to other locations and navigation apps.
The test will run for 3 to 6 months, partly utilising existing technology. Since 2011, Prowild’s wildlife detection system has been able to identify animals about to cross the road and activate the signalling signs next to the road. This has already prevented more than 1,600 accidents.
With this test, things are taken a step further: the notifications will be delivered to the driver inside the vehicle through the Waze navigation app.
The in-car notification does not replace the signs along the road but serves as an additional warning, enabling road users to react more quickly and adjust their speed. This builds upon the technology already used in applications such as tire pressure monitoring systems for freight traffic.
From detection to phone
During the test, the entire required chain will be tested. Once a sensor detects approaching wildlife, a notification is sent to the signalling signs along the road.
At the same time, a message is also sent to drivers’ apps in the area. This message is transmitted through the Talking Traffic chain via the platform designed by Monotch. The app then displays a warning notification for crossing wildlife.
This connection is established through various parties. In this project, SmartwayZ.NL collaborates with Monotch, Prowild, MAPtm, Yunex Traffic, Tripservice, the Province of North Brabant and Royal HaskoningDHV.