How Are Communities Using Big Data to “Improve” Goods Movement?
At StreetLight our mission is to make it easy, affordable, and intuitive to bring data to bear in transportation decisions. You could also say that our goal is to get all the boring data collection and processing work done in moments, instead of months, so that planners can focus on what the data all means and implementing the best plans and policies for their communities.
Personal and Commerical Vehicles
In addition, StreetLight InSight® and our Metrics can enable planners to answer questions that previously weren’t readily answerable, for example, the focus of this blog: interaction of personal and commercial vehicles. In the past year or so, StreetLight InSight has been used to support nearly 100 transportation and community planning/design projects. Many were interested in commercial vehicles. Here I’ll review six popular use cases we see over and over again when planners and agencies are trying to understand commercial vehicles in their communities.
The first three use cases focus on communities trying explicitly to improve goods movement and commercial vehicle flow. The next three, which are in fact more common in our experience, focus on trying to understand and manage the impact of commercial traffic on some other aspect of the community. Fundamentally, communities want to analyze commercial and personal traffic together — these vehicles use the same roads, and thus managers want to use integrated analytics. In addition, the situation is becoming more complex as, for example, small-package delivery is done more and more by people in their own personal cars (for example, someone drops off their children at school then becomes a lunch delivery vehicle for a few hours). This increasing complexity necessitates better and more granular data.