The study aims to estimate real-time traffic volume on road networks by utilising Google Traffic Data. Section 1.0 elaborates on the current state of traffic monitoring in Malaysia. The existing method of traffic monitoring in Malaysia mostly involves traffic count and classify the vehicle manually by enumerators or video camera. With the aim to ease the data collection of traffic volume, the objective of this study is to estimate real-time traffic volume on road network by utilising Google Traffic Data. This study will also come in handy where traffic volume study is hard to be conducted at the site, e.g.: site with limited space, or site constraint as long as there is Google Traffic Data present at the location.
There are six methods of conduction traffic volume study mentioned. The first one is through toll plaza ticketing. As every vehicle that passes through the toll plaza will have to pay, the number of vehicles can be known by segregating in according to its class. Secondly is by registration offices and in Malaysia is carried out by the Road Transport Department (RTD). Next is by statistical approach whereby only applicable when there are records from the past maintained effectively and efficiently. The fourth method is by interviewing. However, this method is not easily managing because many of the transporters will not stop for an interview even a second. The fifth method is by check posts and the last method is by Global Positioning System (GPS).
According to the methodology flowchart, the project will start with desk study followed by site selection, data collection, data analysis/modelling and lastly report writing. Analyses done are the general analysis, speed pattern by location and also independent sample T-test. Under general analysis, there is descriptive analysis and also correlation analysis. As for speed pattern by location, graphs indication speed pattern of Google Traffic Data and space mean speed were compared differentiating the site and hourly factor. Lastly in Section 5.0 conclusion and recommendation of the study were discussed.