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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.6.2 | Award Amount: 4.10M | Year: 2011

The yearly growth of personal mobility results in increasing safety, economic and environmental concerns. SUNSET alleviates these concerns by taking a new approach to urban mobility management using the latest ICT technologies. It is about cooperation by information sharing and provision of positive incentives between travellers, road authorities and other parties. The information is targeted on individual travel behaviour, and thus allows road authorities to fine-tune their transport policies and individuals to meet their personal objectives. The personalized approach can also help to alleviate other societal problems as social safety, social exclusion and even personal health. SUNSET uses four mechanisms:\n-\tWeb 2.0 technology to create communities that are involved in mobility\n-\tICT technology to collect individual travel patterns and to distribute information\n-\tPositive incentives to encourage and help travellers to adopt a more sustainable mobility behaviour. Incentives may stem from all parties involved and may contain information about the current and future status of the transport infrastructure and about travel alternatives. Also feedback information of individual travel behaviour or financial incentives will be involved.\n-\tLiving labs to evaluate the SUNSET system under well-monitored conditions. In the Enschede Living Lab two releases of the full system are evaluated. Two other locations are used to benchmark the SUNSET results.\nThe SUNSET consortium contains partners from the complete value chain: providers of location-based services, mobile operators, local authorities, green mobility solutions and well-known research centres. The consortium will design, build, implement, test and evaluate the application. This includes research on the effects of various incentives, on mobility-pattern recognition techniques by mobile applications, on community-building mechanisms in newly developed portals, and on the roles and influences of all parties involved.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: MG-5.1-2014 | Award Amount: 4.90M | Year: 2015

The main objective of EMPOWER is to substantially reduce the use of conventionally fueled vehicles (CFV) in cities by influencing the mobility behaviour of CFV drivers and users towards fundamental change. To achieve this objective EMPOWER will create a set of tools for industry, policy makers and employers. These will empower them beyond the lifespan of this project to understand, help choose and successfully implement positive evidence-based and cost-effective policy interventions, based on new and innovative mobility services, and in the context of already existing infrastructure, policy and measures. EMPOWER will reduce the use of CFV by: shifting trips to other modes/other vehicle types, promoting sharing and self-organisation and reducing demand overall e.g. through remote access to services. Undesirable impacts from CFV use will be reduced by: shifting CFV use to outside peak times and diversions to avoid particular areas/routes. The research will be multidisciplinary and involve: social science research with the public, 4 living lab experiments and 7 City demonstrators which will be chosen through an open bidding process. The EMPOWER concept will be used in practice by: City stakeholders being able (through a software tool) to choose positive policy options based on their expected impacts and deliver incentives and social network sharing schemes to individuals using software. The innovation outputs of EMPOWER include an EMPOWER Toolkit to support industry, policy makers and employers to understand, choose and implement positive policy interventions. The Toolkit includes: new mobility services to provide innovative positive policy measures, new evidence on behavioural responses and impacts from positive incentives, improved organisational models for successful implementation of positive policy measures and innovation in the evaluation methodology for new mobility services. We expect at least 1 million persons to be impacted by EMPOWER.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: RIA | Phase: ICT-09-2014 | Award Amount: 3.06M | Year: 2015

The Future Internet (FI) represents an age of unprecedented opportunities for social, economic, and business growth thanks to the global scale connectivity of the virtual as well as of the physical world. This indeed opens up a wealth of innovative and revolutionary real-life scenarios, as for instance illustrated by the smarter cities perspectives where envisioned scenarios significantly ease daily human activities and give support for the growth of new markets and employment opportunities. However, leveraging the FI for the development of innovative software applications remain a challenging task even though major enablers are readily available by ways of service-oriented and cloud computing. It is in particular our vision that enabling the choreography of FI services shall play a significant role in the provisioning of innovative applications. However, existing choreography-based service composition approaches are rather static and are poorly suited to the need of the FI that is a highly dynamic networking environment, further bringing together highly heterogeneous services ranging from Thing- to Business-based services that span different security domains. As a result, the technology is not mature enough for market take-up. CHOReVOLUTION elevates the Readiness Level of existing choreography technologies in order to drop the dynamism and cross-organization security barriers via the automated synthesis of dynamic and secured choreographies in the FI. To meet its objectives, CHOReVOLUTION undertakes both research and innovation tasks. The former concentrates on choreography modelling, synthesis, adaptation, service bus, security, and cloud; the latter focus on industrial validation, development support and integration platform, and the establishment of a CHOReVOLUTION community and market take-up. Last but not least CHOReVOLUTION outcomes are assessed by experimenting with new applications in the field of Intelligent Transportation Systems.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2013.6.5 | Award Amount: 3.76M | Year: 2013

The objective of i-GAME is to develop technologies that speed-up the real-life implementation of automated driving, which is supported by communication between the vehicles and between vehicles and road-side equipment. These automated systems must be safe and able to cope (to a certain extend) with different circumstances. And the technology must not be too specific to be able to be used in a wide range of vehicles and traffic scenarios. For i-GAME the solution is found in so-called supervisory control, that provides both event-driven control to initiate vehicle manoeuvres (e.g. a car wants to merge on a highway) and real-time control to execute the manoeuvres (i.e. vehicles make a space for the merging vehicle and the merging vehicle steers into the empty space). These kind of scenarios require that the participating vehicles and road-side equipment are able to communicate and cooperate with each other, which is called interoperability. The interoperability in i-GAME is ensured on the one hand by a reference group of OEMs and suppliers, and, on the other hand, through the participating (university) teams in a second edition of the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge.For the design and setup or the automated systems i-GAME uses a parallel approach. Firstly, a functional architecture will be developed. The components of the system (like the communication and the overall supervisory control system) will be developed on simulation level first and then tested in practice using benchmark vehicles. Secondly, to focus on interoperability and thus speed up real-life implementation, a series of verification and validation workshops is held, having its climax in the final challenge on cooperative automated driving, together with leading RTDs, and supported by OEMs and suppliers. Typical examples of multi-vehicle platoon manoeuvres that will be part of the challenge are platoon forming, priority and speed adaptation (including stop) at a traffic light, and automatic or supported vehicle merging based on fusion of in-vehicle and on-roadside information.This open approach creates a multi-vendor playground and should catalyse the scale-up and commercial roll out of vehicles equipped with the automated solutions. Finally, the results will be presented to stakeholders such as standardization bodies, road authorities, OEMs and suppliers to create a new reference for practical implementation of automated driving solutions.

Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: GC.SST.2013-4. | Award Amount: 22.22M | Year: 2013

Electrification of the public transport is a raising trend in Europe, and electric buses are soon expected to enter markets as one of the most interesting options for matching urban environmental targets. Electrification is driven by both economics and politics. However, although technology is not yet fully matured and ready for wide commercialisation, a large demonstration project will facilitate the market up-take of electric buses in Europe. Furthermore, as unambiguous and extensive information about overall effects of electrified bus systems and related needs for changes on infrastructure do not exist today, UITP sees its objectives and those matching perfectly, and this led UITP to build a consortium of 40 partners, who were already considering their actions along this theme, and to collectively design the 42-months demonstration project ZeEUS Zero-Emission Urban Bus Systems. ZeEUS project focus on the todays challenge in the electrification of bus system, the extension of the fully-electric solution to a wider part of the urban network. This goes through the development of electric vehicles of large capacity, and the creation of an infrastructure capable of providing the required charging energy, operated according to non-disruptive and grid-balancing principles. The ZeEUS project will cover innovative electric bus solutions with different types of electrical power-train systems. Full-electric battery-based busses will be demonstrated in five locations (Barcelona, Bonn, Muenster, Plzen and Rome), whereas plug-in hybrid or range-extender type of power-trains will be demonstrated in three sites (London, Glasgow and Stockholm). The lifetime of project ZeEUS is long enough to collect sufficient amount of statistically valid data and make comprehensive analysis to deliver meaningful lessons learned, guidelines and provide feedback to the R&D activity of manufacturers and suppliers to make technology mature for wide commercialisation.

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