Turkey will invest 180 billion TL in transportation and is increasing investments for traffic and traffic safety. Topics such as application of smart mobility systems in motorways, renewable energy usage for motorway illumination and accident management projects are high on the agenda. The government’s aim is to decrease accidents by 50% by making use of new technologies.
The Ministry of Transport is planning an interactive warning project where speed is detected and warnings are transmitted. It is envisioned that mobile applications will gain importance and there is a distinct interest in European know-how and technology for traffic engineering. The Ministry of Transport has spent 200 billion TL in the last 10 years on traffic projects and local ministries are currently running many projects amongst which smart bus stops. There are a significant number of new large scale projects such as the 3rd Istanbul airport, 3rd Bosphorus bridge, 4 tube passage, cable lifts and monorails.
Local municipalities will start to generate income from traffic inspections, so the majority of cities is looking to install electronic control systems. The first projects are already underway in Istanbul and Konya and will continue to roll out to other cities – Control cameras are important tools and major investments are made to cover 17,000 km of road.