Queues at tollbooths could be a thing of the past following a feasibility study into the use of satellite technology to monitor road usage in Dublin. The research, which will be undertaken by Mapflow with its co-sponsor, the Dublin Transportation Office (DTO) is being funded by the European Space Agency and aims to establish whether satellite technology (GPS) can be used to correctly calculate road usage in the Dublin city.
This study is to be carried out under the ARMAS (Active Road Management Assisted by Satellite) project to develop a ‘virtual’ road toll system. ARMAS is a system that uses in-vehicle black boxes and GPS data to help determine the exact route a driver has travelled, so that a fair and precise toll can be calculated after each journey. The system calculates the cars position in real time and sends data about location and journey length to a control centre allowing drivers to be charged for the section of roadway they travelled on.