IMPULSE

Public road transportation is transitioning to electric vehicles, marking a significant step towards a sustainable future. However, for public transport operators ensuring stable and reliable service using e-buses is still a challenge. The limited life of batteries, long charging times, non-standardised charging infrastructures which can lead to hardware incompatibilities, and a poor coverage of charging stations make it complex to manage charging operations.

To address these issues, IMPULSE aims to optimise the management of e-bus fleets through a software platform capable of processing real-time data on batteries’ status, vehicles and charging stations used, planned routes and characteristics of the transport network. This will allow public transport operators to optimise the day-to-day charging and usage of e-bus fleets, considering factors such as the bus service plan for the next day, energy prices and renewable energy production. The platform implementations will reduce transport service interruptions due to insufficient battery life, decrease operational costs for public transport operators, and thus foster the electrification of the bus fleets.

To assess its effectiveness, two pilot cases with different characteristics of size and type of transport service offered will be carried out in the cities of Lisbon, Portugal and Kadıköy, Turkey throughout 2024.

GreenDash

The GreenDash project aims to address the challenges faced by European cities and delivery companies in terms of air and noise pollution, congestion, and road accidents; caused by the rapid increase in e-commerce and last-mile deliveries. The parcel and e-commerce market needs delivery vehicle options which are sustainable, efficient, affordable and easy to use. Cities, in turn, seek to balance liveability, walkability and safety of public spaces with the new ways that people shop and receive goods. In this project Rhino R (Bruntor), PostNord and Latvian Post, with support from two mission city partners, will develop and test a cargo electric vehicle (EV) scooter to improve the last-mile delivery model.
The end result will be demonstrated efficiency, ride-ability and commercialisation of a model of cargo EV Scooter with Bruntor. Additionally, the project aims to provide saved costs, a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions and improved operations for last-mile deliveries through work with Post Nord and Latvian Post. Lastly, policy guidelines for e-commerce delivery optimisation in cities will come out of the pilots in Aarhus, Denmark and Riga, Latvia.

EVOSS

The EVOSS project introduces an innovative robotic charging device equipped with a high-capacity battery and one rapid charging plug. The robotic device can provide flexible electric vehicle charging inside parking areas, by moving to the precise location of the parked electric vehicle. In this way, the possibility to significantly reduce infrastructure costs is being provided. Moreover, challenges related to the availability, efficiency, accessibility of charging infrastructure and use of space in urban environments are being addressed. The robotic device has  several unique features, it:

  • stores electricity on board, so it reduces the stress on the electric grid during peak hours (the robotic device can be charged at night);
  • improves utilisation of the current infrastructure to reduce CAPEX needed from fleet operators and real estate owners;
  • and it brings rapid charging to places that usually install slow charging, enabling EV users to get a full charge in short-term.

The robotic device, ideated by the startup, Batteri, will be further improved within the framework of the EVOSS project. EVOSS will also provide the chance for extensive, real-life testing in two different contexts and cities; Tel Aviv, Israel and Thessaloniki, Greece. The testing phase will include both technical evaluation and stakeholders’ feedback.

LivingLAPT

Cities face numerous mobility challenges:  reducing emissions, improving the safety and mobility of cyclists and pedestrians, and increasing quality of life for citizens. Driverless shuttles or pods can be a game changer for cities as they address many of these challenges. However, current solutions lack a transferrable regulatory and safety framework among European cities. Low public trust and acceptance in combination with high investments in the new technology (such as insurance and a safety driver) are not sustainable for cities and are a massive barrier.

LivingLAPT will deliver sustainable driverless shuttle and logistics services among various European cities by phasing out the need for safety drivers in shuttles and moving towards remote operators who oversee numerous services simultaneously. This will be achieved through a robust transnational safety framework as well as promoting user acceptance and trust in close collaboration with citizens, cities, operators, academia, industry, and policy makers.

LogiCYCLE

Since COVID-19 the volume of delivered and returned goods has been growing, leading to increased emissions and congestion in cities. The LogiCYCLE project aims to create delivery ecosystems in city centers and low emissions zones which include not only first-mile or last-mile delivery, but also reverse logistics for commercial product returns.

The project optimises courier services and trips to reduce CO2 emissions through the use of local micro depots, as well as upgrading IT algorithms and designing logistics systems for more effective delivery and drop off.

LogiCYCLE aims to reduce pollution, congestion, and delivery time while optimising omnichannel strategies. Additionally, the project seeks to reduce the time associated with non-productive processes by up to 70% and increase efficiency by up to 30%. LogiCYCLE’s main benefits for cities and citizens are more effective local delivery, the reduce of CO2 emissions, and the support of Low Emission Zones.

UMC

Available charging infrastructure is a major concern both for cities and for electric vehicle (EV) users. 33 million EV owners in Europe will need efficient charging by 2030. We aim to propose commercial enablers for new innovative EV charging solutions that will fit with the surrounding urban environment.

Urban Mobile Charging is creating “NIMBEE”, a fast, mobile, renewable, on-demand, electric vehicle charging service to ensure drivers have access to chargers whenever needed and that they do not occupy excessive city space and infrastructure. This will be done via a driver-friendly charging-as-a-service approach. The aim is to bring the battery-backed charger to where the car is parked. The project looks to solve any blockers in successful mass adoption and citizen-centric use of this service focusing on easy deployment in the cities and infrastructure planning while using advanced intelligence for charging efficiency.

LogiSmile – 2nd year

Deliveries in metropolitan areas will increase dramatically over the next few years. Last-mile logistics are becoming increasingly frequent and more fragmented, especially with the exponential growth of e-commerce. The negative impact of current urban-centre logistics practices includes increased traffic, safety issues for road users including cyclists, delivery vehicles and pedestrians, as well as the emission of harmful air pollutants. In order to tackle all these challenges, a novel last-mile delivery system using autonomous 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 end-users. However, the main innovation in the project resides in the joint collaboration of the two robots, which has the potential to greatly decrease the operation costs of last-mile logistics.

This second stage of the LogiSmile project sees the consortium validating the integrated solution, including both robots cooperation on-site, in a new testbed in a different urban environment in the city of Braunschweig. The participation of a logistics operator in the piloting phase provides stronger commercial knowledge, ensuring a more business-oriented demonstration. In addition, the project will explore the autonomous delivery market status, main players and potential clients for the joint transportation management system solution, as well as their scalability plan for deploying and commercialising the service. During the second year of the project, a new start-up will be created to commercialise the back-end control centre needed for the safety and security of autonomous driving.

PowerManagement

PowerManagement is a custom-designed energy management software platform for the efficient charging of electric vehicles in public, corporate or residential garages. The system enables fleet managers, site operators and other clients to set up intelligent charging strategies to optimise costs and increase clean energy use.

PowerManagement will address the current bottlenecks and provide sustainable one-stop-shop solutions for operators of parking spaces or garages. These will focus on electric vehicle chargers for European city infrastructure managed through a robust software platform to efficiently capitalise on available power and reduce grid and installation costs.

SELECTIVE

The decarbonisation of mobility is an urgent need of our society and, as the most extended solution currently being considered, the use of electric vehicles (EV) is expected to grow exponentially in the near future. This presents some challenges as current public charging infrastructure is insufficient to assume forecasted fleet growth and private chargers are both expensive and underutilised.

SELECTIVE proposes tackling both matters at once by implementing a shared -framework for electric chargers so that infrastructure usage can be optimised. The project will launch an app that lets individuals (hosts) rent their electrified parking space to other users (guests) that need it sporadically. Therefore, hosts will have an extra revenue stream and all EV users will enjoy a denser charging network without the need for new infrastructure deployment.

The peer-to-peer digital solution will be commercially sustainable thanks to the development of transaction fees every time an EV is charged.

FlexCurb

Cities need to make transport more reliable and sustainable. For example, double parking caused by delivery vehicles is one of the main negative impacts of the upturn in last-mile deliveries, generating conflicts with pedestrians, cyclists, public transport and emergency vehicles. Innovative measures are needed to help cities reduce congestion and trips; achieve sustainable mobility goals; improve delivery efficiency; anticipate new technologies; and, potentially increase revenue. In the new concept of Shared-Use Mixed Zones (SUM Zones), parking management, urban vehicle access regulation and freight management are integrated and combined with flexible curbside management concepts.

Following this vision, FlexCURB focuses on improving urban logistics by enabling sectoral collaboration and tailors tools to improving the way city logistics are currently understood, coordinated, and regulated. The project partners will deliver innovations, in the form of two marketable products:

  1. The FlexCURB Planning platform
  2. The FlexCURB Driver App

With the FlexCURB Planning Platform as the interface, the public sector partners will be able to:

  • implement dynamic traffic regulations to meet the demands of an ever-changing network. Underutilised spaces would be freed up for freight to mitigate congestion;
  • pilot a suite of technologies to monitor the live and historical usage of parking assets;
  • connect logistics APIs, share curbside and traffic restrictions, reduce network disruption and solve conflicts with vulnerable road user.

The FlexCURB Driver App, will provide freight partners with:

  • up-to-date information about parking rules and curb regulations;
  • access to delivery locations by planning freight movements based on location of loading areas;
  • curb reporting and insights.

RideSafeUM

RideSafeUM was born in 2022 to make micromobility safer, encourage increased ridership of what have become key modes for the future of our mobility systems, and collect data on micromobility trips and crashes as a great source to nurture decision-making.

Using innovative technology, RideSafeUM brings micromobility safety benefits to users, public authorities, shared service operators and last-mile logistic companies using micromobility modes. This technology is based on artificial intelligence, proactively preventing micromobility incompliances and accidents, and gathers data for wider learning, policy-making and management purposes.

The RideSafeUM solution is based on the integration of computer-vision software, with support from cameras, GPS and accelerometers supported either by users’ smartphones or through integrated equipment in the vehicle hardware. In addition, a dashboard or central system enables authorities or last-mile logistic operators to implement regulations or restrictions and to identify and dynamically manage micromobility safety issues.

Real-time information of regulations is displayed to the user on their phones as they ride via the app or the operator’s front-end, depending on the type of vehicle they are riding, the automatically detected infrastructure type, and the geofenced restrictions introduced in the dashboard. Anonymised data of incompliances is collected and sent to the dashboard, where statistics are built up. Additionally, alerts are sent to the dashboard if an accident occurs, using a black-box function.

Anonymised data on incompliances and accidents helps to build informed decisions about traffic management regulations, the use of public space and internal operational decisions in case of private operators.

IMMENSE

IMMENSE proposes the creation of a Transport Demand Management (TDM) tool which is able to dynamically influence traffic demand on road and parking ecosystems depending on congestion levels. By using a dynamic rate system with game design elements or “gamification” (such as automatically rewarding users with points for reducing travel time along congested routes if they choose an alternative one), the IMMENSE solution discourages users to access congested roads and parking areas at times where high demand occurs. This way, pollution and congestion levels will be reduced when it is most needed, also improving safety and helping the quality of life in surrounding areas. Moreover, users who access cities by more sustainable modes will get rewarded with discounts on active and greener solutions.

Two project pilots are being run in cities chosen for their differing sizes and consolidation levels of TDM schemes including Low Emission Zones (LEZ) and vehicle access regulations. Esplugues de Llobregat has around 50,000 inhabitants and an implemented LEZ together with the neighbouring city of Barcelona, but lacks charging regulations. Munich has a population of 1,5 million as well as a LEZ with a city ring connection but lacks accurate enforcement systems and charging regulations.