Truck technology that could help manage traffic gets funding boost

Amey has been awarded extra funding to develop technology that could change the way traffic management on roads is carried out, boosting safety in the process.

In an announcement on Tuesday the firm, which is owned by Spanish infrastructure giant Ferrovial, said it had received £759,000 ($998,259) from Highways England.

According to Amey, the money will be used to design an impact protection vehicle, or IPV, to keep roadworkers safe when laying out traffic management measures on “live carriageways.” The first phase of the project received funding back in 2018.

The vehicle is set to incorporate technology that will allow it to, among other things, automatically deploy advanced warning signs and impact protection systems. At the moment, workers need to manually lay out traffic management measures, a task that is not without risk.