OPTICITIES – improved traveller information services and open ITS systems

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If you want healthy, competitive and sustainable cities, efficient and clean mobility is vital. If you want people to walk, cycle, car-and ride-share more, you need an effective public transport system. Reducing car dependency and combining available mobility solutions lay at the heart of the OPTICITIES project, which came to its end in October. OPTICITIES gathered European cities, companies and research institutes to develop and experiment innovative Intelligent Transport System (ITS) solutions to foster efficient and sustainable urban mobility. The ultimate goal is to provide urban citizens with the best possible journey conditions.

Models of interoperability can differ from city to city. The key principle remains the same - cities should aggregate all mobility data, private and public, available on their territory and make it available to third parties.

The results of the OPTICITIES project can be considered as the basis for the development of  Mobility as a Service (MaaS). At the heart of MaaS is the concept of shifting away from transport ownership towards mobility solutions that are consumed as a service.

“We need to provide the Netflix of transportation, so people do not need to own a car any more. To do so, we need to provide them multiple, convenient and attractive options that cater for all the needs that are currently being satisfied with the car,” said Kaj Pyyhtiä from MaaS Global during the Lunch Debate on the outcomes of the project.

Sustainable urban transport system relies on a strong public transport network for mass transit, complemented by a full range of services, including bike-sharing, taxis, car-sharing and ride-sharing. Public transport will remain the backbone of sustainable mobility and will continue to play the binding role in the organisation of mobility solutions” said Umberto Guida, Director of Research & Innovation at UITP.

As the key result of the project, Transferability Handbook provides operational tools and solutions, and concrete answers to urban mobility stakes. This user-friendly digest of many technical documents aims to help optimise urban mobility, placing the user’s needs first. Additionally, a comprehensive repository of recommendations for implementation is available online for interested stakeholders, to help them tackle the topics addressed in this handbook.

Consult the full set of Deployment Guidelines at http://www.opticities.com/stakeholder-forum/online-forum.

We also invite you to watch this video.

For more information, contact Guido Di Pasquale guido.dipasquale@uitp.org.

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