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ERTICO eMagazine In this Issue: The “Internet of Mobility� Building better ITS services in Europe

Changing technology and evolving consumer demand Future trends in personalised mobility

Interview with Abel Caballero Mayor of Vigo (Spain)

Feabruary 2013


Editorial contents 2

Editorial

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The “Internet of Mobility”

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Changing technology and evolving consumer demand

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2013 is looking better than ever

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Interview with Abel Caballero

The views and opinions expressed in this magazine are solely those of the authors and other contributors. These views and opinions do not necessarily represent those of ERTICO or its Partners.

Welcome to our February edition Dear readers, Whether you were in Rio, Cologne or Venice or in your office wishing to be in Rio, Cologne or Venice, we hope you had a nice Carnival celebration. In this edition of our eMagazine, we take a detailed look at the future of ITS services. On 13 February, ERTICO flew to Barcelona to participate in the workshop on ITS and new services, organised by ERTICO and FIA (representing the Users Sector Platform). During the vibrant discussion some specific issues concerning personal mobility came up. Particular attention was given to open and high quality data for traffic information, free and fair competition and new and sustainable business models for service providers and automobile clubs. In the article Laura Johnstone looks deeper into these three big themes keeping an eye on the consumers needs. Many of those challenges will be tackled under a new ERTICO partnership project which started at the end of January: Mobinet. The project will explore the endless potential of an ‘Internet of mobility’ and Ian Bearder

attended the Kick-Off meeting to see what the project is all about. We also look at the year that will come with an emphasis on the ERTICO’s activities. With two Congresses coming in June in Dublin and in October in Tokyo; three new projects (Compass4D, Mobinet and HeERO2) starting; and numerous events and workshops to be planned, 2013 will be a year to be remembered. With ECOeffect, COSMO and EcoMove projects coming to an end, we also are pleased to announce their forthcoming final events, discover what and how in the article. Speaking of new starts, another project Compass4D kicked off few weeks ago in the exotic city of Vigo in Spain. On that occasion Carla Coppola had the opportunity to speak with Abel Caballero, Mayor of Vigo and former Spanish Minister of transport. Mr Caballero explains us the importance of cooperative systems in urban mobility safety and environment. We also would like to anticipate that the registrations for the 9th European Congress in Dublin will open at the end of this month, keep an eye on the Congress website (www.itsineurope. com) and, for the most tech people, follow the latest news on twitter @ITS_Congresses. As always we hope you will enjoy this edition of the ERTICO eMagazine.

The Editorial Team


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The “Internet of Mobility” Building better ITS services in Europe by Ian Bearder

On 29 January 2013, I arrived at the office a little bit early, so I could check my emails and help with last-minute arrangements for the launch of our exciting new project called MOBiNET. I was given an important task. I was to arrange a taxi to take me and my colleagues from the ERTICO office in Brussels to the Volvo office on the other side of the city.

We needed to be at the venue for

tram or bus number 84. If only there

will be a platform that links transport

10:30 so we could setup and prepare

was an easy way to notify them...

services and end users.

As it was, there was very little we

By developing a set of common tools

could do, so we set-off early and

and standards (collectively known as

“No problem” I thought, as I walked

hoped for the best. We arrived OK and

MOBiNET), the idea is make to mobile

off to find someone who could help

depite the taxi strike and atrocious

transport services, such as journey

me call a taxi in French.

weather

planning,

everything before the guests

all

arrived at 11:00.

My optimism was short lived.

our

guests

found the venue.

eventually

A little-bit wet,

but otherwise in good spirits our

Just minutes later I discovered that

project team had arrived from across

Brussels’ taxi drivers were on strike

Europe and Project Coordinator Paul

from 10am - the exact time we

Kompfner was ready for business.

needed a lift! In fact, it was the exact

The kick-off meeting could begin.

time that all the attendees from our 34 project partners would also need a taxi. This was bad news.

As a ‘cloud based’ system MOBiNET will make it much easier for software developers to create new online transport services (good for business) like you and me to use them - which

But,

is good for consumers.

you’re

probably

wondering

explain...

unfamiliar with the local transport

accessible and more usable.

launch a new project called MOBiNET. what MOBiNET is, right? Well, let me

Furthermore, most of them would be

billing and vehicle tracking more

and make it much easier for people

arriving from other parts of Europe and I had no way to contact them.

ticketing,

As mentioned, we were about to

Most, if not all of the guests were so they would already be in Brussels

automated

MOBiNET is a new ERTICO-led project which plans to develop and run an ‘Internet of mobility’.

Is it necessary? I think the travel problems we experienced at the start of our day highlight exactly why it is. Modern

network and unaware that they could

This ‘Internet of mobility’ is quite

systems

get to the venue on the number 83

difficult to explain, but put simply, it

mobile

intelligent and

services

communications

transport (ITS)

use

networks


and

information

technology

other, similar services.

From a

problems with the current market:

(Smartphones, GPS trackers etc.)

user’s perspctive, this means added

to make travel safer, smarter and

complexity and confusion, and it

cleaner.

developing,

often means that additional software

deploying and using these services is

applications (apps) are required to

still problematic.

run each service.

If a simple interface existed that

Think about it. How would you

customer perception. That is why we

could harness the power of online

currently find these apps? How would

believe that MOBiNET is the right way

communications,

you pay for them? And would any

to go and we believe that it is the

single app be able to complete all

solution for the future development

the travel planning, monitoring and

of telematics”

travel and

However,

planners, automated

unexpected

taxi

multi-modal online

mapping

ticketing strike

our

wouldn’t

have been a big deal. Our guests

“The issue we have with telematics is that all the solutions we have seen so far are very vertical and very propriety and this is causing some issues in terms of business development and

billing required?

Marco Annoni - Innovation Area

These are some of the problems

Manager at Telecom Italia, said his

MOBiNET will try to address. By

company had joined the project

creating a standardised platform,

to help define a common set of

MOBiNET

the

standards: “In our view, the project

Let’s take telematics as another

compatibility of transport services.

is innovative because it is a common

example. The telematics industry

This increased compatibility means

approach which is not just targeting

provides

less duplication, less duplication

common interests. In the past we

information services. These services

means

less

have seen many vertical deployments

have been developed by insurance

confusion naturally makes life easier.

based on local requirements. With

companies

‘Ease of access’ sits at the core of

MOBiNET we are aiming to find a

MOBiNET.

solution which is more general, more

could have been quickly informed and easily rescheduled their travel arrangements.

vehicle

who

monitoring

may

now

and

offer

products based on the way that their customers drive.

would

less

increase

confusion,

and

The real project buzzwords are

The problem is however that many

well known to software developers:

of these systems have each been

compatibility,

developed

usability.

independently,

using

different specifications and different standards.

This means that its

frustratingly difficult (not to mention expensive) to integrate them with

extensibility

and

Jacques Amselem, CEO of Allianz

flexible and more re-usable. Once we have a common view at a European level it will become an enabler for many different stakeholders.” Breaking New Ground

Telematics and a member of the

As a research project, MOBiNET is

MOBiNET project team explained the

an interesting entity. Not only is it truly trans-European, with project partners from across the continent, but it also aims to continue as a working organisation at the end of the project.

This means there are

both technical and administrative aspects that need to be considered and the consortium will have to set out a viable business case for MOBiNET. Project Coordinator Paul Kompfner, Head of SmartMobility at ERTICO, is under no illusion that this will be easy: “Our ambition is to establish Paul Kompfner, Head of Smart Mobility at ERTICO and MOBiNET coordinator

MOBiNET as THE connected mobility and

transport

service

platform


5 for all of Europe’s travellers and transport service suppliers; it seems a staggering challenge but we are confident we can achieve this since we have the right solution features and partners to do it.” To help deliver a working and useable system, MOBiNET has adopted a method of accelerated development known as ‘agile’. This means that a fully

operational,

first-generation

system will be released just 16 months after the project is launched. Tests will take place at eight pilot sites across Europe and the feedback and results gained will then provide input for the development of the system ahead of the next product release. Testing will be conducted with businesses from both inside and outside the project consortium and potential users of the platform are thus invited to work alongside

The MOBiNET platform • An online B2B directory of Europe-wide transport data and services • A unified mobile accounting, payment and clearing system, giving users a single account valid throughout Europe and simplifying roaming among providers • An open business environment enabling providers to integrate third-party services with their own products • A secure environment for in-vehicle and portable devices offering users a dedicated app-store, and service providers access to MOBiNET-compliant user devices • A business-to-business e-marketplace for the automatic negotiation of service agreements • A Service Development Kit to simplify the creation of innovative MOBiNET services for end- and business users.

the project team to gain an early experience of MOBiNET’s advantages. If you are interested in this unique opportunity I would be happy to hear from you.

New ERTICO Partners ERTICO are delighted to welcome two new members to the ERTICO Partnership.

Finally, I am pleased to say that despite bad weather and taxi-chaos our kick-off meeting in Brussels was a great success and everyone at ERTICO would like to thank those who attended. As always though - the real value of MOBiNET will be crafted over the coming months and years as the

Michelin Michelin are dedicated to helping to enhance sustainable mobility, and by joining ERTICO they have expressed a desire to initiate, develop and implement projects with key ITS players and to fulfil their commitment towards a cleaner, safer, more affordable and better connected mobility.

project progresses. I look forward to following this process and reporting news and updates as the MOBiNET project develops. If, in three years time we have integrated services which can transport me, in the most efficient way, from placeto-place despite heavy rain and a taxi strike - MOBiNET will be one ‘big cloud’ I am happy to see.

FUJITSU TEN Europe FUJITSU TEN Europe are focused on ITS activities not only as an execution of their social responsibility initiative but with a focus on new market opportunities – especially telematics and fully connected vehicles. We look forward to working with both companies over the coming months and years.


Changing technology and evolving consumer demand Future trends in personalised mobility by Laura Johnstone The rapid advance of technology has changed many aspects of our daily lives to an extent which was entirely unpredictable just a decade ago. At the turn of the millennium, few would have foreseen our society become so inextricably entangled in the web of new communication tools which we have come to rely on so strongly in such a short period.

Mobility

is

no

exception,

and

presentations given and subsequent

calculating the smartest way to reach

technology here is moving perhaps

discussions: ensuring the availability

their destination. Indeed, a quick

faster than in many other sectors.

of open and high quality data for

glance at the most popular navigation

Technologies which were novel just

traffic information, safeguarding free

apps page on the Apple Appstore

a few short years ago are evolving

and fair competition alongside safety

shows 240 apps enticing the user to

almost beyond recognition thanks to

and driver privacy when it comes to

beat the traffic, avoid getting caught

the emergence of low-cost, open-

in-vehicle services, and identifying

out by speed cameras or find the

source tools, the decrease in mobile

new, sustainable business models

cheapest car park in the area.

hardware costs and the widespread

for service providers and automobile

mobile coverage which we now take

clubs.

for granted.

than ever before and the vehicle is the next frontier of the connectivity revolution, potential

with for

is undoubtedly good for users and

Traffic information

Services are more consumer-driven

new

unprecedented services

and

features targeted at travellers. On 13 February, ERTICO Partners and FIA members were hosted by the RACC in Barcelona to assess the upcoming trends in personal mobility

Personal navigation

a positive force in the market, the devices

have

come a long way since their original rise in popularity during the early part of the last decade thanks to the availability of GPS and the commercialisation of map making for

question of quality arises: what are the data sources for all of these apps, and are they really providing high quality information that gets the user from A to B following the most efficient and safest route?

this purpose, with ever more routes

At

mapped out and made available to

Commission has shown its support

drivers at the touch of a button.

for optimising the use of road, traffic

and to discuss the opportunities and

Moreover,

challenges for automobile clubs.

smartphone has provided travellers

Three issues in particular arose in the

Whilst free competition and choice

the

advent

of

the

with thousands of possibilities for

policy

level,

the

European

and travel data and providing a free minimum information service as one focus of the ITS Action Plan. Furthermore, the need for


7 cooperation

public

of data, the information provided to

However, there are a number of

and private sectors regarding the

the user may not always be accurate.

issues to be solved in order to reach

exchange of data, the deployment of

By focusing on ensuring high quality

widespread deployment of in-vehicle

monitoring devices and management

data in their apps and utilising the

telematics systems, including how

of data quality was highlighted in the

club brand, automobile clubs are

to minimise driver distraction and

guidelines for ITS deployment in urban

able to compete with the larger,

develop a common HMI, ensuring the

areas

international players in this field.

security of data and driver privacy

on

between

multimodal

the

information

recently published by the EC Urban ITS Expert Group. Such actions should crack open sources of reliable data and also help to meet policy goals by providing consumers with more

Safeguarding

free

and

fair

competition alongside safety and driver privacy when it comes to invehicle services

and who controls the system and its content. Even how the telematics system will operate is up for debate; some envisage embedded systems as we will experience with the eCall

encouraging

The implementation of the EU-wide

system, whilst others see a link

travellers to shift to other modes of

eCall service in 2015 is set to be the

between the smartphone and the

transport.

largest deployment of an in-vehicle

vehicle, as has been developed by

telematics system ever seen. eCall

several vehicle manufacturers and

is purely a safety device, but its

suppliers.

quality

choices

and

Automobile clubs themselves have already made a strong foray into the smartphone world, with many of them providing a variety of apps for their customers and for motorists in general, a common one of which is

of

course

traffic

and

travel

information. But in the face of such stiff competition, notably from those

implementation is widely viewed as opening the door for many other invehicle telematics based services, ranging from b-call services and remote diagnostics to new insurance services

and

even

entertainment

functions.

It is widely acknowledged that invehicle telematics services are set to play a big role in personalised mobility in the coming years, and for the automobile clubs it is especially important to ensure that consumers have free choice in selecting the

offering similar services for free,

The possibilities in this field are

best services - which should be

how can the clubs differentiate their

exciting, both for consumers who

safeguarded through an open market

offering to an extent that consumers

have become so attached to the

and free competition in the context

are willing to part with their cash?

smartphones and the apps that make

of the relevant legal frameworks.

The answer again lies in the quality of data. More and more traffic and travel information services are based on huge data aggregation operations, which certainly provide plenty of information, but as it is difficult to verify the quality of such volumes

our lives easier - extending smart, useful and dynamic services to the vehicle is an appetising prospect, and for industry which sees an opportunity

Identifying

new,

sustainable

business models for automobile clubs

to join the connectivity boom and

The rise of the internet has opened

utilise services to reach goals such as

up

increased safety and cleaner mobility.

new key players, new audiences

a

whole

new

market,

with

and new ways of doing business. The of

traditional

business

telecommunications

models operators

often didn’t fit with this new way of connecting, communicating and experiencing products or services and as a result a new generation of tech companies sprang into action with innovative organisational and business models, based on shared content and shared revenue. Professor Eric Sampson presents a vision of mobility for 2050

In an online world dominated by just a small number of monoliths which


are both able and keen to diversify

of a new generation of consumers

from now – around 2050 – what will

their business, traditional technology

– those who are connected almost

our society look like, and will we be

and service providers have had to

from birth and are more familiar with

looking back at 2013 and reminiscing

adapt to keep up with evolving

doing business online using innovative

about a simpler time?

consumer demand. Consumers have

ways of paying for content than with

become used to having the freshest,

the traditional idea of simply paying a

most relevant information in their

fixed price for a fixed service?

hands with just a few swipes of a touch screen, and this is especially the case when it comes to travel information.

Identifying a clear

position in the virtual market, with strong differentiation of products and services from those of competitors is key to survival. Outside of the stranglehold of the big players, firms tend to differentiate on the basis of quality, and seek to

Technology and service providers, including the automobile clubs, are embracing opportunities to provide

This will pose a great challenge in

more diverse and higher quality

the future, and given that we have so

services to travellers. The success

far been unable to accurately predict

of new services, especially from

how or to what extent our connected

established

society will continue to transform,

that, for now at least, quality of

technology and service providers

information and quality of service

need to pay extremely close attention

is valued by travellers. Continued

to developments and the emergence

innovation and responsiveness to

of new trends in the market.

consumer demand will be vital in

However, whilst attempting to look

brands,

demonstrates

ensuring this success in the future.

forward and predict trends is both

Finally, in order to overcome the

worthwhile and necessary, it is also

many uncertainties of this dynamic

risky. Just look back three decades to

and sometimes erratic sector, it

the 1970s and consider the astounding

is clear that strong coordination,

technological progress that has been

exchange of information and positive,

But can long established brands retain

made since then – the world is almost

forward-looking cooperation between

this niche in the market in the face

unrecognisable! In three decades

all stakeholders must be actively

capitalise on a brand name that has been built over years in the real world, as we see with the automobile clubs traffic and travel apps.

pursued and promoted.


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2013 is looking better than ever An introduction to the ERTICO partnership activities in 2013 by Carla Coppola After our in-depth review of what was a very exciting 2012, this month we take a glimpse at 2013 and we can say without doubt that 2013 couldn’t start better! Three major projects, Compass4D, MOBiNET and HeERO2, kicked-off in January and you can be sure that you will hear more about them in the next years.

With 31 partners and 7 pilot cities,

44-month project will provide tools

reviewers), and with the registrations

Compass4D

deploy

for developers of next-generation

to be opened at the beginning of

cooperative services that will make

mobility “apps” for users, as well

March, it is easy to imagine how

mobility in cities safer and greener.

as business enablers for providers

busy ERTICO Congress team is. The

The particularity of Compass4D is

of all types of mobility services

exhibition will be up and running at

that different means of transport will

and

features

the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD)

be involved; not only private cars

include single user identity and

in the heart of Dublin City on 4 June

but also buses, taxis and emergency

mobility services account; Europe-

for four full days with hundreds of

vehicles will undergo the testing

wide

sessions carefully selected to appeal

in these 7 very different cities

business-to-business

(Bordeaux, Copenhagen, Eindhoven-

European services and content and

Helmond, Newcastle, Thessaloniki,

E-marketplace; and a MOBiNET “app-

Verona and Vigo). The kick-off took

store” and user interface.

is

hoping

to

place in Vigo, Spain; the meetings

content.

virtual

MOBiNET

transport

ticketing;

directory

of

all the ITS heads participating in the event. Following

Dublin,

we

travel

to

Tokyo where the Japanese hosts are

2013 Spring and Autumn seasons

putting all their efforts to guarantee

will be sparkling with ITS. After

a spectacular event in the Tokyo Big

the

and

Sight, one of the largest convention

programme presented in Vienna last

venues of the city. As the 20th ITS

year, ERTICO is working on two major

World Congress will take place from

ITS events: the 9th ITS European

14 to 18 October, attendees still

With its eye on the future of

Congress in Dublin and the 20th ITS

have a few more months before they

transport and mobility, MOBiNET has

World Congress in Tokyo.

are stunned by the excellence of

and media encounters will then move to Copenhagen at the end of April, and so forth for the next three years until the final event in Bordeaux in 2015 during the ITS World Congress.

the ambitious goal of developing and deploying a Europe-wide cloud platform for ITS services. With a bulky budget of 15.6 million Euros, this

outstanding

exhibition

In Europe, with the call for papers is

now

closed,

with

over

300

papers submitted (good luck to the

Japanese transport systems. On

the

activities

side,

energy

efficiency and reduction of carbon


emissions is becoming a central issue

throughout the year until the 2nd

manufacturers and their suppliers

amongst Member States as the focus

International HeERO Conference in

make business at a global level,

on several projects is testifying. The

Bucharest in November, which will

79GHz project will provide a wide

ECOeffect training programme has

mark the end of HeERO1 and unveil

range of benefits by avoiding the

started its second demo-tour around

the final results. This conference will

segmentation of the overall market

Poland, Romania and Czech Republic

also be an occasion for interested

by region specific frequency variants

to support truck drivers in finding

stakeholders to discuss HeERO 2

that increases the cost of production

a more efficient way to drive and

preliminary results in the 6 new test

and reduces competitiveness. Also,

save fuel. The third demo tour will

sites in Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark,

79GHz will focus on the recently

coincide with a big final event in

Luxembourg, Spain, and Turkey and to

founded

September where public authorities

participate in demonstrations on how

Automotive Radio Regulations Expert

will be invited to discuss and touch

eCall is activated and received by the

Group” promoting the interests of

with hands the eco-driving benefits.

system in the national protection and

the worldwide automotive industry

rescue offices.

concerning

Another two EU funded projects,

radio

“IARREG

based

-

regulatory

International

issues

automotive

on

systems

COSMO and eCoMove, will conclude

Part of the ERTICO activities involves

their activities in 2013 with two

studies on driver behaviour and their

final events respectively in May and

impact of road safety. In June 2012,

November. In the past 2 and half years

the EuroFOT project concluded that

COSMO looked at demonstrating the

driver assistance technologies might

benefits of cooperative services in

have a positive effect on the driver

realistic conditions by quantifying the

behaviour and, as consequence, on

effect of different traffic management

road safety, traffic efficiency and

systems – for example multimodal

environment. This year we carry

To sum up new projects, new policies

real-time travel information systems

on

designed for citizens’ safety and

- on fuel consumption and traffic

naturalistic

(NDS)

environment protection, new business

emissions.

and field operation tests (FOT) with

models knocking on the door with

two projects UDRIVE and FOT-Net.

international cooperation remaining

Between

October,

a central focus for ERTICO. What has

several workshops will be organised

been mentioned so far represents

in Brussels and elsewhere to look

only few of the planned activities

deeply into these studies and their

of the ERTICO partnership for 2013.

possible benefits.

Even if this year we will have one day

Along

the

same

lines,

eCoMove

focused its research on vehicle-toinfrastructure to-vehicle

(V2I)

(V2V)

technologies

to

and

vehicle-

communication create

concrete

solutions such as eco-driving support

the

research

on

driving

February

large-scale

studies

and

management,

to

Another initiative, the coordinated

consumption

for

and supported action (CSA) 79GHz has

passengers and goods vehicles. The

set up ambitious objectives for 2013.

project results will be presented

The project will look at speeding-

in Aachen, Germany, during the

up worldwide harmonised frequency

project’s final event on 20 and 21

allocations for vehicular radars in the

November.

77 GHz to 81 GHz (79GHz) frequency

and

eco-traffic

reduce

energy

eCall is still considered one of the most EU high profile projects and it will remain a central issue after 2015, when all new European vehicles will be equipped with the emergency call

service.

The

pilot

projects

implementing the service, HeERO 1 and HeERO 2, will run in parallel

range while focusing on different countries in Asia (Japan, India, China) and Americas (USA, Canada, Brazil). For technical reasons, the frequency range between 77 and 81 GHz provides an exceptional performance for the Short Range Radar (SRR) used

for

different

applications.

Considering that European vehicle

and components; the use of the appropriate harmonised frequency bands for radio based automotive application within the existing and future regulatory environment; the maintenance of appropriate existing frequency bands.

less (2012 was a leap year in case you were wondering why you were so tired in December) we are convinced that it will be a great year for Intelligent Transport Systems. Be ready for the ride. For more information on the ERTICO partnership activities, visit the ERTICO website.


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Interview with: Abel Caballero, Mayor of Vigo

What

do

the

management in real time of the

cities,

traffic flow. The control room of

and in particular Vigo, are facing

the traffic management and control

nowadays in terms of transport and

centre is equipped with 23 screens,

Vigo is one of the seven cities

mobility? And what advice would

a video wall (to monitor the cameras

taking part in the EU Compass4D

you give to local administrations

in the city) and 3 synoptic panels to

project. What is the advantage for

to

monitor the urban tunnels and the

Vigo to deploy cooperative systems

traffic light networks in the city. This

for transport? Would you like to

control centre manages and controls

share your expertise and cooperate

traffic light networks; the 6 urban

with other European cities?

challenges

improve

you are

think that

citizen’s

every-day

mobility? Vigo has around 300.000 inhabitants and a frenetic city life due to its diversified economy linked to the fisheries and automotive sectors, and the naval industry and services. As a

traffic tunnels; the access control of the historic part of the city; and the communications infrastructure.

In Vigo, we are aware of the fantastic opportunity

that

Compass4D

cooperative

technologies

can

consequence, every day, the urban

I think that these concerns are shared

provide

roads are populated with more than

by many other medium-sized cities

energy efficiency and reduce traffic

500.000 people, including a significant

and it is this kind of urban agglomerate

congestion. Vigo is a city very much

part of freight and logistics.

that local administrations have to

related to the automotive business;

invest in now for the future. Investing

we have very big factories and we are

in transport and mobility not only

second in Europe with 500.000 cars

means improving the quality of life

produced every year. We have a very

of citizens every day, but also making

large harbour with ships for exporting

the city more welcoming to external

cars and we are very much interested

bodies and businesses. They all need

in the technology, having also CTAG

information to make their driving

-

safer, less stressful and more energy

Centre of Galicia - working every

efficient.

day on research, development and

This growth of the urban planning is of course very positive for the city economy but it represents a challenge for the transport network management. In order to face these challenges, the city council has deployed, over the years, a huge infrastructure for the control and

the

to

improve

Automotive

safety

and

Technological

innovation of traffic technologies for different automotive companies. Also, Vigo has invested a lot in new route systems; it is a city set on a mountain and having good roads that can assure safety to our citizens

especially

in

dangerous

turn is fundamental. I would say that the geographical structure of the city, together with the efforts on regenerating traffic networks, makes Vigo an excellent test site for development and testing of the three Compass4D Press Conference in Vigo. Rasmus Lindholm (ERTICO), Pierpaolo Tona (ERTICO and Compass4D Project coordinator), Mayor Abel Caballero and Francisco Ferreira.

services (Forward Collision Warning; Red Light Violation Warning; Energy


The Control and Management Centre in Vigo oversees the traffic flow in real time.

About the City of Vigo The city of Vigo has 297,124 inhabitants, with an extended metropolitan population of 468,654, making it the 14th largest metropolitan area of Spain. At the beginning of 20th century Vigo had less than 50,000 inhabitants; in 2012 its metropolitan area had almost half a million, making Vigo one of the fastest-growing cities in Europe.

Efficient Intersection service) that

In

the project will implement. I am

economic crisis like the current one,

confident that the Council of Vigo,

administrations and large industries

together with the team of local

have to make a big effort, bigger than

partners involved in the project

if they were in a normal situation.

such as CTAG, VITRASA (the city bus

Intelligent Transport Systems are

company) and ESYCSA (the local

an investment for the future for a

traffic and communications provider)

better life of our citizens.

will play a fundamental role in achieving the project targets.

such

a

situation

of

global

What type of policies that benefit cities do you think the

With this basis, Vigo will certainly

EU should focus on? What more can

become one of the city leaders in

be done at European level?

cooperative systems, we are working hard to create a smart city and we are very much in favour of sharing our experience, also through Compass4D, with the other Spanish cities as well as European ones. Let’s not forget that Compass4D is deploying services

The EU has to create a strong link between

national

and

regional

administrations. We need a solid starting point and cooperation if we want to prove the benefits of European policies that citizens need.

in seven cities very different from

Therefore an important part of the

each other.

European Institutions work should

With

the

current

financial

crisis, several industries are facing economic problems. Why do you think that entrepreneurs and administrations should invest in the automotive industry? Do you consider Intelligent Transport System an additional cost or a way to increase cost efficiency of urban mobility?

focus

on

coordinating

and

well

planning the future policies to invest in our future. For more information on Compass4D, visit the website (www.compass4d.eu) and follow us on Twitter: @Compass4D

Vigo is one of the leading industrial areas in Galicia, with car factories, shipyards, and auxiliary industry. Situated in Vigo is Galicia’s leading employer, PSA Peugeot CitroÍn, which in 2007 produced a total of 545,000 vehicles, of which more than 82% were sold outside Spain. Compass4D services will be deployed in a route that crosses the entire city centre and connects two of the main entrances to the city: AP-9 and A-55 highways. As soon as the city centre will be equipped, Vigo will have a complete area, covering urban and interurban environment, available to test and deploy cooperative services. This route was selected because the conditions for testing these services will be optimal and the city council is really interested in witnessing the positive effects of Compass4D services in this area. There will be 17 equipped intersections and the system will be tested by 40 vehicles (buses, taxis, private vehicles and emergency vehicles).


ERTICO Partnership events

28 February 2013

ERTICO Strategy Committee meeting

Brussels (BE) 19 April 2013

ERTICO Supervisory Board Meeting

Brussels (BE) 7 May 2013

ERTICO Forum

Brussels (BE) 21-24 May 2013

2nd TPEG Testfest

Munich (DE)

Other dates for your Diary! Dublin, Ireland, 4-7 June 2013, 9th European ITS Congress, www.itsineurope.com Tokyo, Japan, 14-18 October 2013, 20th ITS World Congress, www.itsworldcongress.jp Helsinki, Finland, 16-19 June 2014, 10th European ITS Congress Detroit, USA, 7-11 September 2014, 21st ITS World Congress Bordeaux, France, 5-9 October 2015, 22nd ITS World Congress

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