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Transport Telematics

Welcome to the Thematic Group on Transport Telematics! This group brings together people working on and interested in Intelligent Transport Systems in urban areas to network and learn from each other. Furthermore, we try to respond to questions and ideas that members of the group have. More information about the group can be found below under 'description'.

With Transport Telematics we mean urban Intelligent Transport Systems (urban ITS). Urban ITS comprises all types of ITS that are applied in an urban area. Examples are traffic control management, traffic optimization, traffic monitoring, routing, access control, booking and ticketing, public transport priority, fleet management, real-time information, variable message signs, trip planning, and smartphone applications. Urban Intelligent Transport Systems are used to make traffic and transport in cities faster, safer, more sustainable, more comfortable and more user friendly. Urban ITS comprises all modes of transport (car, motorcycle, bicycle, pedestrian, public transport), and can help to coordinate traffic flow (for all users), improve public transport with faster and more reliable travel times and help cyclists and pedestrians by making roads safer. Intelligent Transport Systems allow better collection, coordination and use of traffic data to manage traffic, and tools to evaluate, visualise and warehouse this information can help solve bottlenecks and unsafe situations.

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For more information on the Thematic Group on Transport Telematics contact Eline Jonkers, and to join the group, click on the banner on the right-hand side on this page.

Submitted by Eline Jonkers on 24/02/2016

CIVITAS WIKI offers the possibility of Peer Review Exercises.

Peer review exercises are external evaluations of sustainable urban mobility policies implemented by the peers themselves with the aim of obtaining feedback on a certain practice. This means that a city that wants feedback on a certain plan, policy or measure, can host a peer review exercise, inviting experts from other cities. CIVITAS can provide full reimbursement of travel costs, cover organisation expenses and help in organizing (e.g. helping to find experts).  

For example, there was a peer review exercise in Reggio Emilia in 2014 on traffic calming zones (see http://civitas.eu/sites/default/files/civitas_peer_review_ex_reggio_emilia_report.pdf), and one in 2015 in Malaga on their cycling network. Feedback from participants is usually very positive. Some quotes from the Malaga peer review exercise on the question what participants liked best about the event:

  • “The recommendations by the experts about the issues of Malaga regarding cycling infrastructure”

  • “The experiences, examples and solutions shared by the experts, as well as, the recommendations received for our city”

  •  “To share and discuss the structural difference between cities”

  •  “The interaction and discussion”

If a Peer Review Exercise is something you want to know more about or even have concrete ideas about, please contact me!

Eline Jonkers (thematic leader of Transport Telematics)

Eline.jonkers@tno.nl

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Submitted by Caterina Di Bartolo on 22/01/2016

The “sharing” paradigm is shaking up the global economy scenario. People across the world are daily sharing an increasing number of material objects and immaterial services (from clothes and tools to houses, working spaces and also professional skills). This revolution is affecting all the economic sectors, though at a different pace. No doubt the mobility sector is among the ones facing the greatest and revolutionary changes.

Although sharing options have always been available for transport, first with Public Transport and taxis and more recently with car or bike-sharing and car-pooling services, what is happening in these past few years is a radical change in the way all of us could rethink our mobility habits. Thanks to most advanced communication technologies (internet, social media and ITS) and to their integration, is now easier and immediate to find opportunities to share rides, vehicles (cars and bikes) and also parking spaces. Mobility is starting to be considered as a “unique “service and people across European cities are now looking for the best mobility options (and a combination of them), with a flexible approach un-known before.

So, disruptive changes are coming: how cities can adapt and actively react to these changes in order to exploit all the potential benefits of these changes towards the achievement of a sustainable urban mobility?  How transport policies can offer and answer to the needs of people and to their increasing bent to share mobility? Which are the most interesting solutions and good practices have been adopted by cities at the forefront?

Sharing mobility is an hot topic: starting with the past @CIVITAS FORUM 2015 “Sharing the city”, to a number of upcoming events (@ the 3rd European Conference on Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans on 12nd-13rd April 2016 in Bremen and @ECOMM – European Conference on Mobility Management from 1st to 3rd June 2016 in Athens) the theme has been debated and continues to be debated among transport experts, politicians, professionals and representatives from urban, regional and national levels.

CIVITAS WIKI is now drafting a policy note on this topic with the aim to provide a brief but smart tool for cities offering a comprehensive overview on shared-mobility concepts, applications and practices (both the more consolidated and the innovative ones) to support decision/policy makers and urban mobility professionals in mobility planning.

Scope of this collaborative interaction is then to collect further resources, hints and suggestions, links to practical city experiences and, obviously, opinions and comments on this topic.

For sharing your ideas, resources and thoughts on sharing mobility, please contact Simone Bosetti and Caterina Di Bartolo.

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Submitted by Teije Gorris on 04/12/2015

The CIVITAS Learning Centre is developing a CIVITAS e-course about "Urban ITS and Network Management" and could inlude relevant (1) case studies and (2) animations. If you have examples, please let us know.

The upcoming course will based on the CIVITAS Policy Note that was published in October. We now have the possibility to add new city case studies and dynamic content such as videos or animations.

An e-course is an easy way to learn more about a CIVITAS topic. Enrolling in an e-course is free of charge. Course can be followed anywhere, anytime. Both on your PC, smartphone and tablet. More information and the catalogue are available online.

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Submitted by Bruno Duarte on 27/07/2015

EU cities are invited to participate in the sixth edition of the Access City Award - The European Prize for making cities more accessible to people with disabilities and older people.

European cities over 50 000 inhabitants will have the opportunity to present their activities and strategies designed to make cities barrier-free, better places for everyone to live and work.

For more information, please refer to: http://ec.europa.eu/social/main.jsp?langId=en&catId=89&newsId=2237&furth...

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Submitted by Eline Jonkers on 19/03/2015

In April we will organize a webinar on the topic of ITS and Traffic Management. We are looking for someone that wants to present a ITS/Traffic Management city measure, and tell something about things like: Why was that measure chosen? How did the implementation go? What were drivers and barriers? How did you convince other people of this measure? What is the current state of the measure?
It can be from any CIVITAS or other project (current or past). If you are interested to present your measure, please send me a message!

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Submitted by Eline Jonkers on 18/03/2015

Last year the European project DRIVE C2X finished. This project carried out research on cooperative systems. Some of these systems are relevant for cities and might in the future be used in urban areas, therefore this email contains some of the results and provides a link to more information.

The DRIVE C2X project provided a Europe-wide assessment of cooperative systems through field operational tests. More than 750 drivers tested eight safety-related cooperative functions. The project provides proof that cooperative systems work and demonstrates a positive impact on safety, travel efficiency and the environment. Some results:

  • In-Vehicle Signage (IVS) is a system that shows speed limits in the vehicle continuously. Drivers reacted to this information by reducing their speed in most cases. Assuming a 100% penetration rate, IVS would reduce on average 23% in fatalities and 13% in injuries. Significant effects are shown for environment and traffic efficiency.

  • Weather Warning (WW) would lead to 6% less fatalities and 5% less injuries.

  • Green Light Optimized Speed Advisory (GLOSA) indicated significant effects for both the environment and traffic efficiency. Drivers reacted to the information by reducing their speed in most cases. This system is especially relevant for cities.

  • User acceptance is high with nine out of ten test users welcoming the cooperative systems.

On the website of DRIVE C2X more information can be found: http://www.drive-c2x.eu/project. Under ‘publications’ the publications of the project can be found. The press release and presentations given at the final conference give a nice summary of the results. 

Are cooperative systems a topic you know something about, or want to know more about? Do you take them into account when making future plans for your city? Feel free to react to this item.

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Submitted by Eline Jonkers on 25/02/2015

At the moment the CIVITAS WIKI project is working on a long term evaluation of the CIVITAS II results. The long term evaluation tries to answer questions like: Has CIVITAS helped cities to introduce transport measures and policies towards sustainable urban mobility? What did the cities learn from CIVITAS and how do they use these lessons? How many of the measures implemented in CIVITAS projects are still existing? First results from the long term evaluation are now available (see http://www.civitas.eu/content/effects-civitas-long-term). There are some results related to Transport Telematics that can be of interest to the Transport Telematics group, namely results on the measure cluster ‘Traffic management and control’.

In CIVITAS II there were 25 measures in the cluster ‘Traffic management and control’. Implementation rate at the end of CIVITAS II was as follows: 90% of the measures was implemented, and 10% partly (this is above average). Existence rate now is the same (90% of the measures still exists, and 10% partly). This is also better than average, see the figure. The driver for implementation that is mentioned most at the end of CIVITAS II (for 36% of the measures) is ‘good cooperation within the team’. The barrier for implementation that is mentioned most (for 40% of the measures) is: organisational barrier. The financial barrier is mentioned for ‘only’ 12% of the measures which is the lowest of all clusters.

What do you think of these results? Does it sound familiar to you if you compare it to what you experience in practice? Is organisation a barrier for implementation? Let's discuss in this 'interaction'!

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Submitted by Eline Jonkers on 29/10/2014

In the beginning of 2015, CIVITAS WIKI will write a policy note on urban Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and traffic management. We already have some ideas for topics, but would like to hear from you (person working in/for a city) what your needs are. What are the burning issues in your city? What knowledge gaps do you encounter in the field of urban ITS? How can our policy note help you? Please let us know by adding to this discussion!

 

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With Transport Telematics we mean urban Intelligent Transport Systems (urban ITS). Urban ITS comprises all types of ITS that are applied in an urban area.

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