Other key findings of the research include:
- The annual cost of traffic for each American household is $1,700 today. This cost is expected to rise approximately 33 percent to $2,300 in 2030.
- The monetary value of carbon emissions caused by vehicles idling in traffic in 2013 was $300 million. By 2030, this is expected to rise to $538 million, totaling $7.6 billion over the 17-year period.
- As the city with the nation’s worst traffic, Los Angeles accounted for nearly 20 percent of the total cost of congestion in the US last year. Gridlock cost LA drivers $23.2 billion in 2013 and is forecasted to grow more than $15 billion to $38.4 billion in 2030.
Population and GDP growth are predicted to drive US increases in traffic congestion, as well as fuel costs and vehicles on the road. The study predicts 281 million vehicles on U.S. roads by 2030 – an increase of 30 million.
“The key to deterring these cost predictions is developing long-term solutions that enable more efficient usage of our roads,” Foreman said. “This means creating greater connectivity among vehicles and engineering smarter cities to support this connectivity.”
INRIX, which collects real-time data from drivers and devices across four million miles of road in 40 countries, works with leading automakers – such as Ford, Toyota and BMW – and 40 state transportation departments to harness insights that inform intelligent transportation solutions.
This INRIX data enables city and state governments to make smarter investment choices in road and transit improvements, informs transportation policy, and powers smart cities applications, including:
- Multi-modal navigation services that inform consumers of the fastest mode of transportation to their destination and provide drivers with the ability to navigate the next closest bus or train departure to their destination when traffic or other delays prevent them from completing their trip by car on time.
- Navigation services that help cities direct drivers to the closest available parking to their destination, least expensive gas station or available EV charging location quickly and safely.
- Broad adoption of real-time analytics services at the city level that communicate with in-car and smartphone navigation applications, intelligently route vehicles using all available roads and advanced signal timing systems that reduce delays and resulting emissions from stop and go driving.
- Building the infrastructure to support autonomous vehicle technology that maximizes throughput by enabling vehicles to all travel at the same speed during peak times.
The report also examined the cost of traffic in the UK, France and Germany, and the most congested cities in each of these nations.
The Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) is an independent consultancy which provides analysis, forecasts and strategic advice to major multinationals, financial institutions, government departments, charities and trade bodies. Since its foundation in 1993 by former CBI and IBM Chief Economist, Professor Douglas McWilliams, Cebr has been ‘making business sense’ by applying theoretical economics backed by quantitative evidence to real world decisions for private sector firms and public sector organizations. www.Cebr.com.
INRIX is a global leader in connected car services and intelligent movement, a new approach that leverages big data and the cloud to help manage urban mobility. By aggregating a variety of sources and applying intelligence, INRIX delivers comprehensive data and solutions to help move people, cities and businesses forward. Our partners are automakers, governments, mobile operators, developers, advertisers, as well as enterprises large and small. We are literally everywhere with over 450 customers across 60 countries. INRIX has offices in Kirkland, Seattle, Santa Monica, London, Manchester and Munich.