GreenMob

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

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.

BGI-Actionable

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.

AI4LIFE

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.

UMF

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.

Standtrack

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.

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.