Giving pedestrians a greater stand in traffic – that was the objective of my master thesis in Infrastructure Planning at Stuttgart University. Before coming to Germany, I worked as an Engineer in India and have thus knowledge of both sides: the planning and the execution of infrastructure projects.
Pedestrians first – traffic signals optimised for persons, not cars
In most cities of the world, motor vehicles are dominating traffic. This can be best seen at intersections with traffic signals. Very often, the control logic is set to improve traffic flow of the motorized vehicles – and not of the pedestrians. That is where my research comes in. I wanted to find a way to prioritize pedestrians, to reduce their waiting time at signals and, as a positive side effect, to make walking in cities more attractive. The idea was to transfer the concept of V2I to P2I communication, thus to create a way for pedestrians to “talk” to the infrastructure.
“In my master thesis, I found a way to reduce waiting times for pedestrians at traffic signals and to make walking in cities more attractive – by transferring the concept of Vehicle2Infrastructure to Pedestrian2Infrastructure communication.”