Urban transport is one of the four key research areas in the CityZEN project. To see an overview of the research goals click here.
Today’s fixed public transport route network is planned cumbersomely based on scarce and aggregated information available on citizens’ travel patterns and frequencies, and the locations of schools, hospitals and other frequented public buildings. The plans and schedules are long lived and not adaptive to changes in work and life patterns of the citizens and making changes to the network is costly.
Furthermore, various transport providers operate in isolation, and the user needs individual agreements with each provider to move around. There are many carpooling and ridesharing providers but again contracts and trust must be established with each provider.
Personal vehicles represent significant capital expenses per household, and estimates suggest that cars are parked about 95% of the time. Thus, there is a significant potential for innovations delivering truly useful car-on-demand services with unified trust and single-sign-on subscriptions.
Similarly, the city packet transport business is now largely unregulated, and it is today the sender of a packet that decides on the transporter. The result is that an Internet shopper may receive as many lorries on the front door as there are deliveries from various senders, and there is currently no way for people in the same area to pool deliveries or to prefer some transporters over others based on local employment or environmental aspects.
CityZEN’s unique value proposition to cover data sharing from source through advanced solutions for analytics and optimization represent different areas that are enablers of innovations in the transport areas, of particular strategic interest to the commercial ecosystem around the public transport companies Kolumbus and AKT and all cities involved.