MyWay

European Smart Mobility Resource Manager

www.myway-project.eu

MyWay aims at enhancing multi-modal journey planning and mobile services providing advanced solutions to foster  sustainable personal mobility in Smartcities. Current journey planning technologies and mobile user services will be extended to facilitate personalised seamless integration of public and private transport modes into a single trip and make travelling around the city effortless, swift and pleasurable. Along with integrated ticket information and automatic readjustments, all possible transport modes available will be displayed to the user in an integrated fashion, thus encouraging the use of cleaner modes of transport. Interaction with social media, users' feedbacks and crowdsourcing will be also integrated to enhance the quality of the personalised mobility solutions provuded by MyWay. 

MyWay solutions and services will be tested in three ‘Living Labs’ across Europe, in Catalonia region (Spain), Berlin metropolitan area (Germany) and Trikala mid-size urban environment (Greece).  The project is expected to boost the travellers’ usage of greener mobility services by enabling the consideration of all available resources, both public and private, and their appropriate allocation to journey plans, thus enhancing the attractiveness, comfort and efficiency of the transport networks and minimising GHG emissions as users will be stimulated to switch to more sustainable mobility choices and behaviour.

Concrete project success indicators for MyWay include:

  • at least 5% improvement in mean journey times.
  • 10% shift in travel choice from private modes (cars/motorbikes) to collective (public transport) and flexible modes (flexible transport, shared e-scooters, bikes)
  • 5% congestion reduction

The consortium headed by SOFTECO includes 14 project partners including; Associations, Public Authorities, Mobility Operators, International corporations, Research Centres, SMEs, Universities. The project has a total budgeted cost of €4.942m.

For many decades, urban planning and transport evolved around the private car, which has resulted in problems such as congestion, noise, pollution, etc. To tackle these adverse impacts and improve the livability of European cities, citizens can benefit today, next to the private vehicle, public transport and non-motorised modes, from a variety of new sustainable and complementary mobility schemes, including dynamic vehicle sharing, real-time carpooling, demand-responsive transport, Electric Vehicles (EVs) sharing, etc. The interaction between users and the transport environment prior to and during travel has also greatly improved. More and more, travellers are able to access online dynamic traffic and transport information, use sophisticated journey planning services to organise their trips and get detailed navigation support while on the move.

However, despite these advances, the integration of such schemes in the overall urban mobility picture has not attained the desired level, with cars still remaining the preferred and prevailing choice of the users. In this scenario, MyWay investigates, develops and validates an integrated platform, the European Smart Mobility Resource Manager, including cloud-based services and facilities to support community supplied information collection and processing. The purpose is to holistically address the efficient and seamless integration and use of complementary, capacity-limited mobility services in the overall urban travel chain. This includes all transport modes (motorised and non-motorised, EVs, public transport, flexible services such as transport on-demand) and mobility sharing schemes (e.g. car sharing, motorbike sharing and carpooling).

The MyWay platform and its services are tested in three European areas providing a variety of urban scenarios and characteristics: a capital city and its surrounding regional transport context, Barcelona and Catalonia Region (ES);  a capital city and its metropolitan area, Berlin (DE); a small-size town equipped with initial smart city services, Trikala (GR). Three Living Lab demonstrations are correspondingly set up in the sites, involving local users and various stakeholders. The approach pursued by MyWay gives priority to the "egocentric vision" of the user: trying to find the right compromise for each single traveller offering a solution closest to his/her personal needs and preferences, making the frequent use of such personalised mobility solution (as an alternative to an ideal but not always attractive solution) a main contribution to the sustainability of urban transport.

Softeco Sismat (IT)

ENIDE Solutions (ES)

Fraunhofer FOKUS (DE)

Generalitat de Catalunia (ES)

Going Green SL (ES)

Nexusgeografics (ES)

ATM, Autoritat del Transport Metropolita' (ES)

Czech Technical University in Prague (CZ)

Thales Services SaS (FR)

POLIS (BE)

ICCS, Institute of Communications and Computer Systems (GR)

University of Aberdeen (UK)

e-Trikala (GR)

VMZ Berlin (DE)

MyWay aims at enhancing current user support technologies for mutimodal urban travelling before, during and after the travel by addressing three main challenges:

  • seamless integration of different urban transport modes – public and private, regular and flexible – enhancing current journey planning services;.
  • increased context-adaptation and personalisation of multi-modal transport solutions, based user’s travel experience;
  • leveraging user supplied information, users feedbacks and information sharing within user communities (crowd-sourcing).

The MyWay service platform (figure below) provides generic components in a open, modular and scalable framework.  Key features include:

  • core functional components for integrated multi-modal trip planning, operation and assessment (Trip Composer, Trip Follower, Trip Memory);
  • mobile end user services for pre- and on-trip operations, accessible on smart phones and tablet PCs;
  • standardised APIs and SDKs supporting  integration of local ITS services and application development.

Trip Composer services combine travel options provided by several traditional and complementary mobility schemes (e.g. vehicle sharing, demand-responsive transport, taxi pooling, etc.). Trip Follower services enable situation-aware dynamic evaluation and re-planning capabilities to face any change in the user or transport context. Trip Memory services assess users’ feedbacks and evaluation and build up the evolving knowledge base of user’s mobility experience for future choices.

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Synopsis

EC Programme
FP7

Grant agreement
N° 609023

Start date
September 2013

Duration
30 months

Coordinator
Softeco Sismat

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