As urban centers around the world grow, the city planners face the problems of safety, particulate pollution, and noise. Noise pollution has a drastic impact on the quality of life and activities of residents. It is mainly caused by transport systems, machines, trains, and automobiles. The sound created outside of buildings is known worldwide as environmental noise. Inefficient urban planning has given a significant rise in noise pollution in commercial and residential areas.
HERE maps, in conjunction with urban areas, is assisting in mapping areas where this noise may get deafening. Hamburg, Germany is one of the first cities to work with HERE maps with the goal being to increase safety and reduce noise and vehicle emissions.
By providing HERE maps with information about public transportation, construction sites, significant events and congested areas such as parking venues the city can plan or redirect traffic flow to reduce noise and polluting emissions. Studying the present conditions gives the city planners the information they need to design new areas, thus keeping environmental factors in check. These changes in a city create a much more desirable environment for its residents.
Mapping Noise Pollution
Using location-based data, HERE Maps Technology can pinpoint areas in a city where environmental pollution is significant. This information can then be used to create solutions to those problems. Defining problem areas clearly results in public money not being wasted on creating solutions for non-problem zones.
Planning traffic flow through urban areas now includes the use of autonomous (self-driving) cars. Looking into the future as more and more autonomous vehicles are put into service, this will become a bigger issue for planners.
However, it may be great for the planners, since being able to control traffic flow also allows them to control environmental pollution.
City planners on the cutting edge of this information and technology will make their city a city to watch.
For more information on HERE maps and how the technology can be applied in the world, contact HERE Mapping Resources.