LogiSmile – 2nd year

Due to the skyrocketing popularity of e-commerce, the amount of goods to be delivered in metropolitan areas will increase dramatically in the next few years. Additionally, deliveries are becoming more frequent and fragmented. Current logistics practices in urban centres have negative effects, such as increased traffic and pollution as well as problems with the safety of cyclists, delivery vehicles, and pedestrians.

In order to tackle all these challenges, a novel last-mile delivery system using autonomous ground vehicles for logistics operations was demonstrated in the first year of the LogiSmile project. The cutting-edge autonomous delivery system consists of an autonomous hub vehicle (AHV) that works in cooperation with smaller autonomous delivery devices (ADD), which are coordinated by a back-end control centre. The ADD and AHV can be operated separately, depending on the needs of future end users. The main innovation of the project is the collaboration between the two robots, offering potential to greatly decrease last-mile logistics operation costs.

In the latter half of the LogiSmile project, the consortium will validate the integrated solution considering both robots’ cooperation on-site, testing in the new urban environment of the city of Braunschweig. The participation of a logistics operator in the piloting phase will provide stronger commercial action, ensuring a more business-oriented demonstration. In addition, the autonomous delivery market status, main players and potential clients of the joint transportation management system solution will be explored, as well as their scalability plan for deploying and commercialising its service.

During the second year of the project, a new startup will be created to commercialise the back-end control centre needed for the safety and security of autonomous driving.

SimpleCharge Rent

This project addresses the issue of access to electric vehicle charging stations. Latvian startup Simple Charge’s charging stations and business model offers a cost-effective alternative for cities to increase access to electric vehicle (EV) charging without significant infrastructure investment. Simple Charge’s charging stations can be installed on existing lamppost infrastructure and used for charging electric vehicles, enabling private sector parking space owners to earn a profit from EV charging services. Additionally, it enables faster EV charging infrastructure development as compared to the traditional infrastructure required.

Increased access to charging infrastructure reduces range anxiety for EV drivers, and increases public awareness and the uptake of EVs. Retrofitting existing lampposts with charging infrastructure provides a cost-effective solution for cities to increase access to EV charging without significant infrastructure investment. During this pilot, Simple Charge tested its rental business with Eleport, a charging point operator from Estonia operating in Latvia. This new service model can be replicated and scaled in other countries, and enables businesses and communities who want to have an EV charging station to test the solution first, before making a large investment.

ROAD System

This project promotes the uptake of transportation via bicycle by improving infrastructure and safety. Social Tech Projects’ ROAD System is a road scanning tool uses Internet of Things (IoT) devices installed on bicycles to collect various types of data from urban cycle infrastructure and the environment. The bicycle device provides a comprehensive road assessment by analysing data collected on a range of factors such as: road user experience, road quality, air quality, noise level, physical separation of road users, mobility flow, road markings, road signage, light conditions, etc. The insights generated by the tool are derived from artificial intelligence, 5G, IoT and big data analysis.

By incorporating the ROAD System tool into existing mobility plans, cities and authorities can make more informed decisions about cycling infrastructure and ensure their investments in cycling lanes are well-targeted and effective in improving safety and accessibility of cyclists. The ROAD System was tested in six major Danish cities as well as the DOLL Living Lab – the largest European Living Lab for Smart City Solutions. The ROAD System User Dashboard provides a GIS web app-based interface that allows users to visualise the cycle lane conditions in interactive maps, including custom base maps, heatmap visualisations, and linear and area measurements. The ROAD System solution provides a safer, cleaner and better means to manage cycle roads. As a result, citizens have access to more sustainable transport options, leading to a higher quality of life and reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.

BOUT x Paris

In many cities the water transportation system is fragmented and underutilised, with a high number of individual players. As currently most water transportation operators sell their services through individual websites and agencies, it is difficult for supply to meet demand.

Bout functions as a digital marketplace for passenger water transportation and strives to make booking transportation on the waterways as easy as it is on the roads. The Bout app enables passengers to see available water transport options and book through the single app. Bout’s centralised service functions as a sales channel that allows the better management of demand and supply, reducing the amount of empty travel and increasing passenger use of urban waterways.

The Bout solution enables the increased efficiency of water transportation and transparency of operators. After highly successful rollouts in Finland and Sweden, Bout piloted its solution in Paris. The Paris pilot worked with numerous boats and operators to test the product, and business model, within the local environment. The solution significantly modernised the purchase process and experience from a customer perspective while enabling service providers to connect to new customers more easily.

ADK-S

In 2019, there were 4,628 pedestrian and 2,777 cyclist fatalities on EU roads. A.D Knight aims to prevent pedestrian and cyclist fatalities and improve traffic safety.

Israeli startup A.D Knight developed a real-time traffic monitoring and accident detection sensing safety alert solution. The solution can be used by municipalities, road and rail operators and provides a visual traffic safety alert to all road users. The solution solves the problem of detecting road users in obscured and low visibility scenarios, based on a novel sensor which detects personal devices such as mobile phones. The sensors measure the personal devices’ positions relative to the vehicle, estimate the road users’ trajectories, and assess road users’ awareness of traffic. The technology uses detection of connected devices via WiFi, Bluetooth, cellular and V2X; has sub-metre accuracy and has multimodal alerting techniques for all road users. Importantly this technology is not limited by line of sight, visibility conditions or weather.

The project was aimed at testing the integration of the A.D Knight solution with the SERNIS PC500 radio-controlled led module as a synchronisation system. The pilot covered three main scenarios: pedestrian ‘jumping’ into the road and walking along, scooter riding on the curb, and scooter ‘jumping’ onto the footpath while pedestrians are present.

Karos Mobility

Everyday approximately 40,000 people commute to industrial estates outside of the city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, Spain. The majority of these trips are made by private, single occupancy vehicles. The challenge addressed by this project is to optimise commuting by reducing the number of cars on the road and therefore reducing traffic congestion and carbon dioxide emissions.

French startup Karos Mobility’s carpooling app utilises artificial intelligence (AI) and geolocation to connect the best possible carpooling partners, providing optimised door-to-door itineraries. Drivers set their route in the app and wait for potential passengers to sign up, with each journey netting the driver at least €1.50 per passenger.

For Karos Mobility, this project represented its entry into the Spanish market. As part of the project, Karos Mobility onboarded eight companies across two industrial estates. In this way companies were able to play a role in lowering their employee’s commuting carbon emissions – of which 7.6 tonnes were saved during the pilot. Over the pilot, over 5,000 carpool trips were made.

Luna Systems

Errant shared e-scooter behaviour, including disorderly and illegal parking which creates trip hazards/obstacles, has become an issue in Istanbul and many cities across Europe. This project aimed to prevent disorderly and illegal parking of shared e-scooters, so that cities can confidently introduce and scale public shared micromobility schemes.

Luna Systems’ computer vision technology provides greater fleet control by determining where users are riding and employs incentivisation/gamification to reduce disorderly parking. Luna Systems leverages an artificial intelligence solution that automates the ‘end of ride’ photo verification of correct parking, and ensures riders cannot end their ride until they have parked correctly.

Luna Systems worked with Turkish shared e-scooter operator ‘hop’ to develop an API approach to further enhance accuracy of parking detection. The solution algorithm is tasked with providing accuracy alongside the following validation points: Is there a scooter in the image? Is it a ‘hop’ scooter? Is there more than one ‘hop’ scooter? Is it parked in a bay? Is the kickstand down? Is it locked?
With the Luna Systems solution, it is possible to reduce incidents of disorderly parking, which in turn reduces the amount of time operators need to allocate resources to recuperate the wrongly parked vehicles. Additionally, the solution makes more e-scooters available for end-users.

With scaling, the solution will be able to provide shared micromobility operators with data insights into patterns of behaviour that can further support decision-making.

Dreamwaves’ waveIn

This project focused on improving the accessibility of indoor public transport solutions for blind and visually impaired people.

The waveIn solution, developed by Dreamwaves, is a hands-free intuitive audio augmented reality app for indoor navigation. Dreamwaves places virtual waypoints in the real world and uses spatial audio to perceive the waypoints and directions in realistic way. The user can find their way simply by listening and following the sounds. The solution uses computer vision based indoor localisation method which can measure the position and the orientation of a smartphone device in an indoor space with high accuracy. Knowing the position and orientation of the user is crucial for creating spatially meaningful waypoints for the user to follow.

Dreamwaves achieves precise user positioning by generating a 3D map of the indoor space with a standard smartphone, mapping 20,000 square meters in under an hour. Real-time localisation, with sub-20cm accuracy, is achieved using the smartphone’s camera. Dreamwaves’ in-house technology features a high-resolution engine, offering one-degree precision audio rendering in all directions, without interpolation. It’s highly efficient, consuming minimal smartphone resources and presents the user with a realistically sounding virtual sound source. Using this engine, the users have the feeling that a music is emerging from the virtual waypoints and can walk in the direction of the music.

In conjunction with Wiener Linien, Vienna’s public transport authority, Dreamwaves piloted the waveIn solution by mapping and equipping five large public transport stations and tested the solution with blind and visually impaired users.

VOOVOO

This project addressed dangerous driving behaviour for commercial car-sharing and car rental companies to improve safety, fuel economy and operational costs. It aimed to increase the adoption of car-sharing services by providing hosts with a cost-effective solution to upgrade fleet management.

Safe-driving technology VOOBOX, built on GPS monitoring, can be installed in almost any vehicle and provides real-time prevention of speeding and aggressive driving. While existing technologies on the market can only monitor vehicles, VOOBOX technology can proactively prevent driving violations to avoid car accidents. The product is designed for commercial fleet management to improve safety and save millions for the industry.

As part of this project, VOOVOO worked with the Tesla fleet car-sharing company Ox Drive. In the one month pilot phase, VOOVOO technology was installed in a Tesla Model 3 SR+. Technological improvements to the solution included API development and web application, which can be connected to any other GPS tracking platform. Additionally, during the project, the solution became compliant with Tesla cars, updated speed limitation logics, and offered customisable speed tolerance of 5-20km/h and gradual speed reduction to remotely ‘immobilise’ the vehicle safely. Using the VOOBOX technology, 90% of speeding events were eliminated (except the emergency overriding situations).

SWITCH 

SWITCH software, for the management of shared mobility fleets, is based on machine learning and artificial intelligence technology which analyses and considers local events and utilises travel data and the characteristics of the city, to suggest the best distribution of vehicles based on expected mobility demand. The platform analyses flow in cities and optimises travel by providing real-time information on task status, traffic and routing that reduce operational costs.

ESCO Mobility, a micromobility fleet maintenance service provider, believed they could benefit from a dedicated mobile app connected to the SWITCH platform, providing better authentication and security features, streamlined user experience, and real-time information on task status, traffic, and routing. ESCO’s operators could access SWITCH’s advanced analytics and forecasting capabilities to optimise the distribution of vehicles and charging stations, reducing operational costs and improving the overall performance of their fleet. Improved efficiency in fleet maintenance and management services means a better service to clients.

During this project SWITCH developed an advanced operations management application tailored to the needs of shared mobility providers. The focus of this application was on streamlining the operational workflow and enhancing the efficiency of task and route management for mobility service operators.

ProperGate

Many small and medium sized companies managing logistics operations find it difficult to compete with larger players in the industry due to their largely paper-based or manual processes. This can cause inefficiencies, increased costs and unnecessary emissions.

ProperGate’s solution digitises concrete logistics services for more efficient and sustainable operations. It is a software solution that allows for the consolidation of orders, scheduling, and real-time tracking and monitoring of delivery operations to enable efficient scheduling and assign appropriate resources. By using ProperGate’s digital platform it is possible to reduce unnecessary fuel consumption, optimise delivery routes and decrease the number of vehicles needed on the road.

The solution that was piloted includes a web application portal where it is possible to oversee customers, contracts, the vehicle fleet and resources. The solution features a driver application, as well as a customer application.
The ProperGate solution was piloted in collaboration with Bosta-Beton a concrete supplier in Warsaw, Poland who uses largely paper-based and manual processes. The solution increases the competitiveness of SMEs in the industry by optimising their logistics operations, maximising use of resources and reducing operational costs. Reduced idle time and number of vehicles needed on the road, reduce both emissions and congestion.