How to win the battle against the traffic jam

The pandemic and easing are making the streets more busy. Traffic planners are under pressure. Digital traffic management should not only reduce traffic jams, but also take environmental goals into account.

Traffic turnaround?  At the beginning of the pandemic, the streets were cleared - but now traffic is picking up speed again.

WBecause of the pandemic, many people are increasingly relying on cars again. They do this to protect themselves better from the virus than on public transport. This leads to a renewed increase in the volume of traffic. In an international survey that the Viennese company Kapsch Traffic-Com, a global provider of intelligent traffic solutions, carried out in March, Germans expressed themselves extremely critically about the loads associated with the current traffic infrastructure. The survey was carried out in March and does not yet reflect the full effects of changes in behavior in the wake of the Corona crisis. But it is foreseeable that the car will become more interesting again in the future – also for younger people.

Even before Covid-19, just under half of those surveyed in Germany were willing to switch to public transport more often. As a result, traffic jam reports on Germany’s roads are likely to increase in the future: Three quarters of German citizens rate the associated pollution for the environment as clearly negative. Just as many are therefore willing to use a navigation application to relieve roads. In hardly any other country are citizens so dissatisfied with the flow of traffic in large cities and on motorways during rush hour as in Germany. Germans are also particularly critical of a toll.