GATEway (Greenwich Automated Transport Environment) is an £8m research project, led by TRL and jointly funded by Innovate UK and industry, to understand and overcome the technical, legal and societal challenges of implementing automated vehicles in an urban environment. Taking place in Greenwich, one of the UK’s leading smart cities, the project will trial and validate a series of different use cases for automated vehicles, including driverless shuttles and automated urban deliveries.
The Bike Share Map shows the locations of docking stations associated with bicycle sharing systems from 100+ cities around the world. Each docking station is represented by a circle, its size and colour depending on the size and number of bicycles currently in it. The maps generally update every few minutes. There is a version that replays the last 24 hours of colour and size changes. In many cities, an ebb and flow of cycle commuters can be seen.
Vélib’ is a self-service bike system available 24 hours a day, all year round in Paris. It was launched in 2007. Until the recent years the initiative has been enlarged to more than 15,000 bicycles and 1,200 rental stations. The first 30 minutes (or 45 for Vélib’ Passion users) are always free. The system is operated by JCDecaux, and the grey bicycles are produced in Hungary by the French bicycle company Mercier.
London's transportation system is one of the most smartly managed systems of the world. Close to 80% of community travel is done through the smart Oyster Card. This makes it possible for TfL (Transport for London, the city's mobility operator) to analyse and use large sets of travel data to develop the transportation system. To date, more than 200 mobility apps have been developed in the city based on the open data principles of TfL.
CITS is an intelligent traffic solution in Copenhagen. As part of the CITS project a mesh network of wifi access points have been installed that have the capability of geo locating wifi enabled devices on the streets without compromising privacy.
In Vienna 39 % of all journeys are made by public transport – more than elsewhere in Europe. Car-free residential zones have a long tradition here. The city’s first car-free residential complex with at total of 244 rental apartments was opened back in 1999. The pilot project “model car-free housing project“ is an alternative for residents willing to live without a car of their own. What makes the development so special is that, upon signing their rental agreements, tenants commit themselves to giving up their own car.
The MVV-App is a journey planning application created by the Munich transport association (MVV). As well as the MVV-internet journey planner, it provides entire bus and train connections quickly and reliably. The journey planning information will help you to find the quickest connection from A to B. Just enter the name of the stop, the address or the point of interest as your start or destination or use your current location as your starting point. The result includes footpath directions to your starting or destination point. You can even mark a preferred connection as your favourite.
‘Rekola’ (could be translated as rebike) is a community bikesharing. It’s a very recent project which started in April 2014 and initiated by two young men from association Rekola.cz. They are using old bicycles which are repaired and painted in pink. It’s for everyone, without any bike stands, just find a bike in one of four Czech cities – Prague, Brno, Olomouc and Pardubice – and go! How does it work? Every rider has a mobile phone application where he or she can see the availability of pink bikes near their surroundings.
A free public bicycle system started with an approach integrating universities and mass transit, along with other key destinations of the city to serve tourists.
The Travel CO2 Calculator aims to promote climate-friendly travelling modes in Lithuania. It is a web-based tool, integrated into a popular Lithuanian route planner at www.maps.lt/CO2. Whenever a site-visitor is planning a trip, the calculator provides information on travel carbon footprint for the most popular transport modes and highlights sustainable options. Passenger transport is responsible for a significant share of CO2 emissions, which, however, can be highly reduced through our individual choices.