Milk trucks do the job

Connectivity is widely regarded as one of the pillars of mobility for the future. Vehicles that are constantly connected open up opportunities for improving road maintenance as can be seen from examples ranging from Finland to Kenya.

Every day the milk producer Valio has over one hundred milk trucks on Finnish roads. Each truck covers around 275 000 km a year and their drivers are therefore perfectly placed to keep an eye on road conditions. In a pilot project between Valio, the Finnish Transport Agency and the IT consultancy Tieto this idea was put to use.

The milk trucks’ mobile information system was adapted to allow drivers to report various kinds of damage on the roads, from potholes to flooding and fallen trees and the exact location of the damage. This resulted in the transport agency being able to act more quickly and therefore avoid further deterioration and more extensive repair works.

A possible development would be to fit the milk trucks with cameras or sensors to do part of the monitoring automatically. These methods have been used with garbage trucks in various locations, including the UK and Kenya.

Safety

Observe, think and act

In order for all employees to go home from work every day without injuries, each individual must assume personal responsibility. Bitumen Matters visited the Special Products Plant (SPP) at the Nynas refinery in Eastham.

Sustainable Development

Effective solution for reduced maintenance

All municipalities have at least one section of road that constantly requires maintenance, surfaces that can never be satisfactorily repaired and are always on the waiting list for new measures. One such example is the junction of Pilsworth Road and Moss Hall Road in the English town of Rochdale.

Interview

Bitumen key to smart roads

Leading an ambitious research programme, Nicolas Hautière of IFSTTAR is eager to demonstrate the viability of future fifth generation roads.

Projects

New roads in Norway

From this spring until October 2019, NCC will be laying no less than 300 000 tonnes of asphalt on a new section of motorway along the south-eastern coast of Norway.

Noted

A road so smart it will be able to charge your car.

Bloomberg on the development of intelligent highways in China.
More at: bloomberg.com


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