Cities face ever increasing demands on their transportation systems, especially in developing regions with growing car ownership and rapid urban migration. Even more than heavy infrastructure investment, strategic mobility management is becoming the most important tool for meeting this demand
Mobility management is the domain of activities that combine long term planning and implementation activities with real time and historical information. To be able to deliver effective travel plan and implement the plans, huge amounts of information about usage of the transportation network are needed. Currently, traditional methods (such as roadside units to collect traffic data) and new methods (probe vehicles) have been used to provide traffic data. However, integration of such data is essential in order to support innovative long-term planning and short-term proactive and reactive management of the transport network
Moreover, since road traffic is the main source of CO2 emission and air pollution in urban areas, there is a strong need for environmental data in transport planning and management. Integration of such environmental data into existing planning tools and management schemes will enable implementation of innovative transport planning and management methods towards higher environmental benefits.
It is often the case that information from one transport mode and even from different transport authorities cooperating to provide the same mode of transport is shared neither in real time nor for planning purposes. This sharing has the potential to enhance efficiency of overall urban mobility. With fast development of technologies, new data sources and new media to disseminate information are emerging. Integration of new data sources and new services is a challenge to existing data management strategies.
This Viajeo project will address the above problems by bringing together various stakeholders to design, implement, and demonstrate an open platform in order to enhance efficiency of overall urban mobility. The project will implement and demonstrate the open platform in a number of carefully selected cities in Europe, China and Brazil.
The scientific and technical objectives of the Viajeo project are:
Design of an open platform with interfaces to a wide range of mobility services
- Identification of the needs of local transport planner, policy makers, transport operators and end users for traffic and transport information
- Investigation of current use of standards and protocols and identification the gaps between these and the available standards and protocols from Europe
- Design of core functionalities of the open platform
- Design of interfaces of the open platform to a wide range of mobility services
Implementation of the open platform in Europe, and in the emerging economies, i.e. China and Brazil
- Implementation of the functionalities of the open platform design based on local user requirements and available infrastructure in the four demo cities
- Implementation of the interfaces to wide range of services for transport planners, transport operators and travellers in each of the four demo cities
Validation of the open platform
- Validation of the technical performance of the open platform from data collected at gamma test and demonstration
- Validation of the user acceptance from demonstration
Assessment of social and transport impacts of the implementation and demonstration of the open platform
- Assessment of social impacts of implementation and demonstration of the open platform, e.g. change of behaviour, increase of accessibility, etc.
- Assessment of environmental impacts from implementation of the open platform
- Assessment of impacts on in efficiency and safety of urban transport systems