Code the streets – Future Digital Mobility Management

Code the Streets is an EIT Urban Mobility Project bringing together different partners from Amsterdam, Helsinki and Budapest to support metropolitan areas in managing urban mobility.  

As metropolitan areas continue to grow, so do traffic related issues such as congestion and pollution. Globally cities are faced with the challenge of finding better ways to manage urban mobility and keep cities liveable. Code the Streets wants to support municipalities with this challenge and is looking for ways to stimulate travellers to make more sustainable, safer and societally friendlier choices. Code the Streets is working on building andimproving an application programming interface (API) as well as creating a digital mobility management guide for cities to support the collaboration between the public and private mobility sector. 

Two pilots, one in Helsinki and one in Amsterdam, will test new mobility services. In Helsinki, the pilot aims to develop methods and tools that can be used to decrease congestion and its negative impact on the climate. The pilot in Amsterdam will mainly focus on traffic reduction in specific parts of the network. Those could be vulnerable sections, such as weakened bridges, but equally vulnerability could refer to accessibility, safety or liveability. Two methods of changing travellers’ routes are being tested: nudging and dynamic pricing. The pilots will feed into a final version of the API,which will then be available for use by cities and mobility providers.  

A key consideration in making the final API available for others to use is ensuring that cities and mobility providers have access to the right knowledge to use it effectively. That is why partners will create a consulting service which includes a sales catalogue, as well as a handbook including a set of working processes and governance structures that define the collaboration between cities and mobility providers.  

eUltimate

Battery electric buses are being launched in many cities, with multiple charging technologies and operational schemes available. Along the lifetime of a vehicle, different charging schemes have specific impact on the operating costs, allocation of public space and emissions.  In general, the electrification of existing bus routes usually implies an increment in the number of vehicles and operating costs in comparison to conventional fleets.   

The aim of this project is to develop a decision support system (DSS) that designs the optimal charging system for a given city and quantifies the impact of the electric service on bus agencies and other stakeholders. The project is focused on the link between vehicle and charger, the cornerstone for their deployment in cities.  

Data related to the performance of battery electric buses is being gathered in seven Hungarian cities, Badalona, Barcelona, Děčín, Lisbon and Milan. This data will be statistically analysed to characterise how vehicle technology, vehicle size, route parameters, ridership and climatic conditions affect the energy consumption of electric fleets in significantly different conditions. In a second step, a toolkit will also calculate the required resources (vehicles and chargers) needed for the deployment of a specific technology as well as the total cost to be incurred by the transit operator.  

In this way, the DSS will identify the powertrain and technology that better suits the mobility requirements for each route under study, based on the particular features of the site. This approach outperforms the tools developed by vehicle manufacturers for a single charging solution. The toolkit will not only consider the current performance of technologies on the market but will draw on future powertrains that will be commercialised over the next two to four years. 

Citython

Citython is an evolution of the concept of hackathon and datathon. The events are designed to address the lack of practical solutions to current city urban mobility challenges by developing new targeted applications, technological tools, prototypes and business concepts in a short time frame. 

In cities across Europe, multidisciplinary teams of students and professionals from different backgrounds (including architecture, urban planning, data science, engineering, human science and business creation) come together to create the best solutions to the real-life urban mobility challenges defined by the host cities.  

Participants are supported by mentors from top European universities and industry partners and given feedback by experts in the field of urban mobility and data science. Composed of members of EIT Urban Mobility, public institutions, and industry experts, the jury award the best solutions with a financial prize. Winners then go on to work with the host cities and industry professionals to implement their solutions as well as present their ideas to a wider audience at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona

CES4Kids

The project Children and youth empowerment through DECIDIUM digital platform, or CES4Kids, aims to deliver a participatory experience forchildren and youth in the co-creation of mobility planning, while at the same time enabling cities, academia and industry actors to gain valuable data and knowledge about their mobility habits to be able to design more suitable solutions for them. As children are often forgotten in the planning and decision-making process, CES4Kids aims to listen and understand the mobility habits, needs, and preferences of children and youth, as well as empower new generations to be part of co-creating mobility solutions.  

CES4Kids creates educational content about sustainable mobility to be used in class as well as hands-on learning activities and organises awareness-raising events. It also enables the elaboration, debate and prioritisation of proposals for improving public space and mobility services through the citizen engagement digital platform DECIDIUM. In parallel, workshops serve as testbeds for new mobility solutions aimed at improving daily mobility around schools and accelerating social acceptance of change. Pilot projects in Portugal, Greece, the Czech Republic and Spain offer different contexts and environments for deployment and engage with at least two schools in each country. 

CES4Kids aims to complete the project with a clear communication methodology that can be marketed within schools and public institutions to helpbroaden the outreach and impact of EIT UM. The ultimate goal of CES4Kids is to provide EIT Urban Mobility with a strategy and an array of tools and processes that will enable the organisation to engage and empower citizens, thus contributing to the promotion and impact of sustainable mobility initiatives. 

CELESTE

Intelligent Speed Assistance (ISA) systems, which will become mandatory for all vehicles commercialised in the EU from 2022, enable speed alerts and, in some cases, automatic speed reduction and compliance. However, there are some issues that need resolving to support their correct use: 

• What is the appropriate speed limit for a particular area of the city? 

• Do changing conditions make those speed limits at times too high or too low? 

• How to modify and ensure real-time compliance of a speed limit? 

• How to assist traffic managers in achieving such compliance? 

Delivering systems that can complement existing traffic management centres (TMCs) is essential for successfully changing behaviour. CELESTE seeks to work both on technological solutions (including connected signals, extended data models and vehicle technology) and evaluation tools that can be transferred beyond the partner cities. The project will also materialise the solutions into functional prototypes thus delivering value globally to both project partners and EIT. 

Blockchain for Urban Mobility

Blockchain for Urban Mobility (B4UM) is offering training on blockchain technology to the EIT Urban Mobility (EIT UM) community including Innovation Hubs and compiling a set of EIT UM-related use cases.  

B4UM provides a complementary, replicable and scalable set of both  online and face-to-face educational materials. The approach goes further than most training programmes by proposing a unique blend of online training – aimed at cities, industry, and R&D organisations – combined with practical, hands-on identification and analysis of specific use cases by engaged stakeholders.  

The project also offers support with applications involving blockchain to EIT Urban Mobility city challenges.  

Agile Data Analysis for sustainable cities and citizens

Most European cities have collected a large amount of data related to public space availability and usage. With the increasing use of new technologies, mainly thanks to the IoT (Internet of Things), more and more data will be available in the coming years. However, specialist data science knowledge is essential to transform this data into useful information and to translate business and operational needs into data-driven specifications.

Agile Data Analysis for sustainable cities and citizens (ADA) is an EIT Urban Mobility activity that aims to develop training courses to reduce the existing knowledge gap in big data and data science among urban mobility professionals and organisations. These interactive courses are complemented with virtual data labs where participants can experience hands-on training activities using real data. Content includes how best to collect, analyse and use data to inform decisions; design business models; and build resilience into urban mobility activities.

RAPTOR
Rapid Applications for Transport

The Rapid Application for Transport (RAPTOR) project is a EIT Urban Mobility project aimed at addressing niche urban mobility issues provided by cities. Individuals, teams, start-ups, and SMEs submit their solutions to the niche challenges in a competition in which winners are awarded prize money, mentoring, and support. Winners are given 4 months to develop a minimum viable product which is tested in-situ with the involved cities.