Current EU cooperative systems projects have demonstrated technical feasibility and positive user acceptance of cooperative mobility services. These common mobility services include dynamic navigation and intermodal routing and advice in real time but deliver no information from the traveler to traffic management.
Co-Cities is a pilot project to introduce and validate cooperative mobility services in cities and urban areas. It will develop a dynamic 'feedback loop' from mobile users and travelers to the cities' traffic management centres, and add elements of cooperative mobility to traffic information services.
These software extensions are based on the In-Time Commonly Agreed Interface (CAI), and the pilots will be run in the cities of Bilbao, Florence, Munich, Prague, Reading, and Vienna.
The result of this validation of cooperative mobility services will be an increased exchange of experience between public authorities and TISPs in Europe and a faster take-up of best practices.
The objectives of Co-Cities are:
- To extend the number of cities which install the In-Time Commonly Agreed Interface and connect it to the traffic management centrefor a regular feed of data and information.
- To develop a fast and reliable validation process for cooperative traffic information services by using a "reference platform".
- To make transport information services more attractive and appealing to users in urban areas.
For the purpose of traffic management in urban areas, these objectives will be achieved by the deployment of both the transport information services listed here below and their extension with a cooperative element:
- Interoperable and multimodal RTTI services to end-users, offered by Traffic Information Service Providers (TISPs), will use different hardware and software platforms such as personal navigation devices, smart phones and web services and develop Europe–wide services based on regional traffic and travel data.
- Business-to-business serviceswill enable Europe-wide Traffic Information Service Providers (TISPs) to cooperate with regional and urban authorities in fields such as strategy-based routing and adaptive mobility services