Let’s start saying who is Peter Postman: he is for sure a the frequent user of Trans-European Road Network who needs information and services, he is the one that through having better ITS services he can contribute to making European roads safer and more sustainable.
Peter Postman is often a truck driver and sometimes a family man on his way to holiday with his caravan. Everyday morning he is using the car to go to work or to bring goods from one hub in Europe to another. Nobody knows where he lives in Europe, but this is not important at all. Peter Postman is the One who road operators are serving with appropriate ITS systems and services.
During the opening plenary of the forum, a flash mob event was organized by CEF ITS Corridor coordinators within the frame of the EU ITS Platform “Cross corridor coordination” to reveal the power of ITS Services and Systems implemented serving Peter Postman everywhere in Europe.
Let’s add who is speaking: Corridor Coordinators are the ones that represent those Road Authorities and Operators who are undertaking the improvement of the Pan-European Network according the needs of Peter Postman.
Members of the flashmob, scattered across the delegation made statements which opened the Forum debate and are reported as follows:
Peter Postman? I know this guy. He’s a truck driver who does a regular tour from Rotterdam harbour right down to Ravenna in Italy along the URSA MAJOR corridor . Hard job, going across the Alp with a huge trailer truck. He told me things had become much better, though, along this corridor. Wherever he is on his route he nowadays gets accurate information whether there is a free parking lot ahead and how to plan his resting times.
Stephanie, You must be mistaken, because I met Peter Postman in Edinburgh, and he was despairing that he had to get an urgent parcel to Bilbao within 24 hrs. He did not want to go by ship as it was too slow but wanted to drive. He was concerned about congestion and traffic en route. I said not to worry, as he would be using the Arc Atlantique ITS corridor which has implemented new ITS at bottlenecks, and increased the level of ITS services to road users, meaning he will be informed about his journey, and traffic would be managed to reduce congestion and make his journey more efficient.
I know Peter very well too. He is a happy truck driver. While making his journey, He can plan where he can stop and have the information of availability parking space when driving. But as he often goes either to Spain or Italy from France and can also enjoy a reliable and dynamic travel information services time between France/Spain or Italy/France. Safe and Stress free travel, this is what he is expecting when driving.
Where is Peter Postman? They seek him here. They seek him there. In fact, they seek him everywhere. That damned elusive Postman.
He is supposed deliver snail mail to costumers all along the corridor. A lot of packages still to be delivered now close to Christmas. Santa refuses to do it all by himself without proper logistic support. We do not do individual surveillance but….
at least we know he is not lost in transition between cities. This due to the high class traffic management and traffic information now in operation including cross-border cooperation.
I met Peter Postman last summer when he was on the way from Northern Europe to the sea side in Croatia to enjoy his holidays. He was glad that he already got in Austria the information on his mobile traffic information app about congestion at the border between Slovenia and Croatia. So he decided to take another recommended route to Istria where he saved two hours without congestion.
The framing presentation of Torsten can be found here.