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European strategies for tomorrow’s mobility

News from Jan. 29, 2015

Violeta Bulc, the new European Commissioner for Transport, discussed on 27th January with FOKUS director Ina Schieferdecker and partners of the Smart City project STREETLIFE the future of urban mobility and the European Commission’s strategies regarding mobility IT.

Maintenance work at the subway station, road construction work, state visits and demonstrations – numerous factors influence the traffic in metropolitan regions like Berlin. The fastest route from one point to another may change from one day to the next. Therefore within the EU project STREETLIFE, FOKUS and its partners are developing a system that allows processing traffic information and managing traffic in real-time and thereby promoting climate-friendly mobility. Currently, a first pilot is being tested in Berlin.

Reason enough for Violeta Bulc, the new European Commissioner for Transport, to learn more about the results and potentials of the project. During a workshop in the Traffic Information Center on 27th January, she discussed with FOKUS director Ina Schieferdecker and project partners the future of urban mobility and European Commission’s strategies regarding mobility IT. Bulc stated that the creation of a pan-European mobility data basis, strengthening climate friendly e-mobility and transferability of best-practice-solutions are focus areas of the European Union. In this context, the pilot of the STREETLIFE technology was of great interest. To prove the usability in different conditions, STREETLIFE is being tested in two other European cities: Rovereto (Italy) and Tampere (Finland).

The STREETLIFE consortium led by Fraunhofer FOKUS consists of 12 partners and develops software architecture for climate-friendly urban mobility. Real-time data from different sources (traffic, environment, event data etc.) are integrated and processed in a control panel for traffic management centers. Also the public has access to the data through a route planner app. It recommends mobility solutions which are multimodal and appropriate to the individual situation. This increases the use of climate-friendly means of transportation like the bicycle and public transportation system and decreases the CO2 emission in cities.