The NOUVEAU project aims to develop the solutions and operating procedures that will enable scalable and efficient inland waterway transport (IWT) based on autonomous control with remote human supervision, a concept called ‘onshore supervised autonomy’. The solutions will be demonstrated on a commercial passenger ferry service in Stockholm, Sweden. The project will adapt relevant autonomy technologies and create an onshore remote operations centre in Trondheim where one Zeabuz engineer will monitor and interact with the ferry and its passengers at a distance. The project will work with industry experts to develop best practices and operational guidelines to ensure efficient and safe operations and collect the evidence needed to prove trustworthiness and equivalent safety towards regulators. Finally, the findings and best practices will be shared to raise public awareness about the potential and benefits of autonomous urban ferries. Our project will pave the way for sustainable and efficient IWT.
Elonroad will test their automated electric vehicle (EV) point-to-point charging solution through a commercial urban logistics project, in collaboration with tele-driving specialists, Elmo, based in Estonia. This testing will verify both the efficacy of the solution, and the pre-market improvements, showcasing the superior capabilities of fully automated, road-based charging in supporting automated (and other) electric urban transport. The aim is to increase the technology readiness level of Elonroad’s existing Model 1 stationary charging solution to level 9 and to conduct a real-life demonstration with Elmo in urban tele-driving operations, establishing interest for further commercial agreements.
The Micromobility Grid Solutions ,MiGriS, consists of a system of a set of different light electric vehicles (LEVs), a swappable battery system and a battery charging station. Within MiGris, the consortium members test sustainable and efficient urban mobility solutions through integrable battery and vehicle stations, as well as modular and circular battery systems. It combines microgrid charging stations with a set of LEVs, circular and modular swappable batteries, and bidirectional charging capabilities to provide environmentally friendly commerce and transportation options, improve quality of life, and promote social and economic participation. The project is run by the Technical University of Berlin and their commercial partner Constin GmbH. Together with all partners, the Nexus Institute also supports the pilot planning, increasing social acceptance and its market potential. The initial testing of the system will take place in Berlin to ensure operational feasibility, while the pilots with the municipality of Antalya, Turkey and the city of Dugopolje, Split aim to demonstrate scalability and commercial feasibility with different test scenarios and user groups. Additionally, crash courses on battery repair and vehicle maintenance and an artificial reality tool are being developed. Microgrid charging stations with LEV vehicles equipped with the circular and standardised xPack 100 battery systems offer practical urban mobility solutions. The modularity of the batteries increases efficiency, and bidirectional charging allows for vehicle-grid interaction.
The innovative Parkedbyme project focuses on refining smart applications and sensors to achieve precise parking for shared bicycles, e-bikes, and e-scooters within designated areas. The primary objective is to elevate parking accuracy to the centimetre level by developing advanced algorithms for positioning and detecting the direction of the BLE-Tag, enabling parking spaces up to 12 metres wide.
The anticipated outcomes of this project include the creation of a high-precision parking service for shared micromobility vehicles at designated locations. This service not only enhances the efficient utilisation of public space but also promotes increased usage of these vehicles. The parking and tracking system uniquely identifies the usage patterns of cycling vehicles, allowing for operational optimisation and better management of the available fleet. By curbing unregulated parking in inconvenient locations, the project aims to cultivate a positive image of shared micromobility.
Through the implementation of this smart parking system, Parkedbyme seeks to provide municipalities with a powerful tool to improve the overall adoption of sustainable mobility options among urban populations. The project’s main deliverable is the development of new hardware and software services dedicated to micromobility parking, making Parkedbyme a groundbreaking initiative dedicated to enhancing sustainable city transport and optimising public space utilisation.
Urban freight distribution currently accounts for 10-15% of automobile fleet and causes 25% of carbon dioxide emissions and up to 50% of other pollutants according to the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) and the Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe (ALICE). These congestion and pollution levels, both acoustic and airborne, are harmful for all citizens and are consequently becoming sensitive aspects of today’s logistics models.
NIMBLE addresses the lack of logistics solutions oriented towards small stores (comprising 20% of all goods distributed in a city like Barcelona) by defining a new, more efficient and seamless model of urban goods distribution. NIMBLE’s model is based on:
- Consolidating first-mile distribution to logistic stations inside the cities during nighttime;
- Improving the operation of logistic stations by equipping them with smart parcel lockers adapted to a business-to-business case; and
- Deploying a last-mile distribution model to small stores via sustainable light cargo vehicles that grant a favorable user experience for small stores
The Healthy Cities Generator is a cutting-edge tool designed to help cities assess the health impact of their urban plans and make informed decisions to improve physical, mental, and environmental health. To enhance effective decision-making further, the project consortium will develop and introduce an innovative economic impact analysis module (HCG€) to the existing tool. HCG€ will calculate the economic value of life expectancy improvements associated with the health impacts estimated by the tool. The HCG€ will help decision-makers prioritise investments that benefit citizen health and the economy, while reducing healthcare costs. Scaling the HCG€ to over 90 cities by 2028 will help users make urban planning decisions and introduce evidence-based policy that fosters livable, healthy urban spaces throughout Europe.
The GreenMob project aims to address urban mobility challenges by promoting sustainable transport options and reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions produced by motorised trips. GreenMob proposes a journey planner that integrates various modes of transport providing comprehensive information on routes, schedules, fares, and updates in real-time, as well as the innovative integration of a CO2 monitoring tool that automatically recognises the mode of transport used and calculates emissions, allowing consumers to make informed decisions. By offering a user-friendly interface that calculates and shows CO2 emissions associated with city trips, the project intends to increase awareness and support ecologically responsible transportation options for city travel. Tests will be conducted in the cities of Cesena, Italy; Viladecans, Spain; and Debrecen, Hungary to determine the feasibility and effectiveness of the solution.
Cermoni is an innovative public transport product that has reached the technology readiness level (TRL) 7 level of development. However, public transport operators (PTOs) in the market have expressed a need for scenario-based analysis capabilities, which are currently missing from the product. This activity aims to further develop and test Cermoni with a scenario analysis feature to optimise public transport operations and improve the passenger experience, making the product ready for the market. Through this tool, PTOs can optimise operations based on different scenarios affecting public transport demand, such as regular and irregular events. The tool will provide insights to improve operations, minimise financial losses during demand changes, and enhance the overall passenger experience; allowing them to adapt quickly and efficiently. The activity’s objectives include developing an affordable and flexible tool for PTOs, optimising service levels, and minimising financial losses during demand changes.
The pilot implementation of the public transport scenario-based decision support tool is ongoing in Antalya, Turkey and Vignola, Italy with the cooperation of the Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and Comune di Vignola. The pilot test involves the following:
- The collection and analysis of demand data and data related to regular and irregular events, road closures, and public transportation priority roads,
- Implementation of the tool’s timetable, vehicle, and crew scheduling modules for public transport operations,
- Evaluation of the tool by Antalya Metropolitan Municipality and Comune di Vignola.
The “Bit-a-Green for Better Health” project is a pioneering initiative that aims to transform urban spaces into healthier and more liveable environments. Recognising the challenges cities face in adapting to climate and environmental impacts, this project focuses on using nature-based solutions to enhance urban areas. The core of the project is a cutting-edge digital tool designed to monitor and analyse the impact of green infrastructure (like green roofs, raingardens, urban trees and parks) and sustainable transportation on the health of city residents.
This tool is unique as it integrates various types of data, including remote-sensed and crowdsourced information, along with cost-benefit analyses, to offer practical insights for nature-based urban design that is cost-effective. The project aligns with the strategic objective of creating liveable urban spaces, as outlined in the EIT Urban Mobility’s Strategic Agenda. It builds upon the existing BitaGreen BGI builder, enhancing it with new health impact assessment models and advanced data management techniques. The goal is to achieve a market-ready tool, tested and refined through partnerships with pilot cities: Brussels, Belgium and Valletta, Malta.
The tool will enable cities to understand and quantify the health effects and economic impacts of their urban planning decisions. It will map health burdens related to factors like air pollution, noise, heat, lack of green spaces, and low physical activity. These burdens will be measured in both epidemiological and economic terms, providing a comprehensive view of the health implications of urban planning. Additionally, the project develops a business model tailored to the varying needs of stakeholders in urban planning and transportation, ensuring the tool’s accessibility and relevance to different cities and user profiles. The ultimate aim of this project is to guide investment towards creating healthier, happier, and climate-resilient cities, demonstrating the multiple benefits of green infrastructure and sustainable mobility.
Cities are responsible for about 70% of all greenhouse gas emissions and road transportation accounts for about a quarter of those emissions. Furthermore, hours wasted in traffic congestion costs Europe €110 billion per year. These costs, in addition the air pollution-related health issues, add up to several hundred billion euros per year. And most importantly, 20,000 people die annually in accidents on European roads, about 40% of which occur in cities and 50% at intersections.
Intersections play a very important environmental, economic and social role in urban environments but are also key bottlenecks and prone to fatal accidents. Thus, the project AI4LIFE aims to build an integrated AI-based smart intersection management system that will reduce congestion, (thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions and time wasted in traffic), reduce accidents, and increase the quality of life of citizens.
The project will integrate solutions from two complementary enterprises: ISBAK and Kentyou. ISBAK, the municipal company of Istanbul, will bring the internet of things (IoT) infrastructure and an innovative adaptive signalised intersection management system to AI4LIFE. And Kentyou, an innovative award-winning startup, will bring its interoperable AI-driven data platform and a tool for visualisation and decision-making support.
The integrated solution will be validated in two complementary pilot cities: Istanbul, Turkey and Jena, Germany. The project will also build a commercialisation strategy to scale the solution in Europe and beyond.
The Urban Mobility Flows (UMF) platform is designed to unlock an important capability for transport agencies, city councils and transport operators. It delivers visual insights into journey patterns across multiple public and private modes of urban transport on a single dashboard. The aim of this analysis is to reveal discrepancies between infrastructure, service design, business models and actual travel habits, and to help determine goals for service optimisation. By improving transport offerings in ways that drive adoption of new habits that are aligned with sustainability goals, cities will be able to further extend the relative market share of public transport, reduce private car journeys and improve active travel habits for its citizens.
The StandTrack project will further improve and test the StandTrack solution to bring it closer to market. The StandTrack solution is a standard intermodal solution for the identification and traceability of parcels, and the communication between the agents involved in the transport of goods. The project aims to enhance the distribution of goods by improving interoperability, horizontal collaboration, and comprehensive traceability in the freight transportation chain.