For many decades, urban planning and transport evolved around the private car, which has resulted in problems such as congestion, noise, pollution, etc. To tackle these adverse impacts and improve the livability of Europe’s cities, citizens today can benefit, next to the private vehicle, public transport and non-motorised modes, from a variety of new sustainable and complementary mobility schemes, including dynamic vehicle sharing, real-time carpooling, demand-responsive transport, Electric Vehicles (EVs) sharing, etc. The interaction between users and the transport environment prior to and during travel has also greatly improved. More and more, travellers are able to access online dynamic traffic and transport information, use sophisticated journey planning services to organise their trips and get detailed navigation support while on the move. However, despite these advances, the integration of such schemes in the overall urban mobility picture has not attained the desired level, with cars still remaining the preferred and prevailing choice of the users.
In order to address the aforementioned integration aspect, MyWay will investigate, develop and validate an integrated platform, the European Smart Mobility Resource Manager, including cloud-based services and facilities to support community supplied information collection and processing. The purpose is to holistically address the efficient and seamless integration and use of complementary, capacity-limited mobility services in the overall urban travel chain, including all transport modes (motorised and non-motorised, EVs, public transport, flexible services such as transport on-demand) and mobility sharing schemes (e.g. car sharing, motorbike sharing and carpooling). The platform will be tested in three European areas – Barcelona and Catalonia Region (ES), Berlin (DE), and Trikala (GR) – setting up Living Lab demonstrations involving local users and stakeholders.
The approach gives priority to the egocentric vision of the user, finding the right compromise for each single traveller and offering a solution closest to his personal needs and preferences, making the frequent use of it (as an alternative to an ideal but not always practical solution) a main contribution to the sustainability of urban transport.
ICCS is leading the data collection, data processing and evaluation tasks. ICCS is also responsible for installing the tools developed within the framework of the project in the Trikala living lab.
MyWay website, including more information about the project, will be available soon.