"Traffic incidents are obstructions or restrictions to traffic flow, such as stalled vehicles, accidents, construction and maintenance activities, adverse weather conditions, or special events. Experts estimate that 65 percent of traffic congestion is caused by incidents. Incident detection, verification, and traffic management is the process of identifying, verifying, responding to, and clearing the incident and then restoring normal traffic flow. This report summarizes and interprets recent findings from Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Field Operational Test (FOT) projects in the field of incident management. [...]The findings summarized from these projects can help ITS professionals move rapidly to develop and deploy state-of-the-art incident detection, verification, and traffic management systems. This report highlights the successes and problems these tests encountered while attempting to develop the technologies and systems to support incident management."
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