There is little doubt that the development of equipment for road tolls, urban traffic management and control systems and vehicle-based telematics will influence transport policy. For policy makers, the report published this week on intelligent transport systems offers some clues to how the development of technology will affect policy, as well as suggesting some actions for Government.
It is feared that the failure to agree an industry standard will mean a plethora of standalone systems which cannot communicate with each other, leading to overseas suppliers dominating the UKmarket.
The key to developing sustainable strategies is to keep a keen eye on the future. Understanding how technology and social attitudes will shape the way we live is crucial.