About the project

Traffic jams are a major discomfort for the road user. On top of this they lead to societal costs estimated up to €1.8 billion annually in the Netherlands.


Not all traffic jams need to be there: some occur while there is still spare road capacity left. One cause of these traffic jams is unbalanced lane use. More people may choose to drive on a specific lane than others, which creates a situation where small disturbances easily grow into traffic jams.


The aim of the project is to optimise lane use with a lane-specific control application. By evening out traffic over the available lanes, we can drastically reduce traffic jams. In addition to this, a more balanced traffic systems leads to increased safety and reduced emissions.



Taking the Fast Lane will develop an innovative system to reduce unnecessary traffic jams. This system is a first of its kind.


 In order to achieve this goal, we will develop:



The use of traffic flow simulation models, a driving simulator and an instrumented vehicle provide a realistic research environment, culminating in a live prototype implementation in real traffic.

Goals and activities

Research themes

•   Joint research efforts

•   Collaboration with industry leaders

•   On-road trials on the C-ITS corridor

•   Concept development

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