Public transport embraces innovation to remain on top of new technologies. One of them is geospatial technologies, a range of tools contributing to the geographic mapping and analysis of the Earth and human societies. These technologies are more closely connected to the public transport sector than some may think: the role of location technology is a core component in moving people around our cities. Many transportation bodies will factor in geospatial technology when defining their urban mobility plans.
UITP Secretary General, Mohamed Mezghani, highlighted the link between geospatial technology and public transport during the session ‘5G+Geospatial – Shaping Digital Cities’ at the Geospatial World Forum in Amsterdam on 2 April.
“Providing real-time location information is one of the most obvious benefits of geospatial technology for public transport. It is needed for planning and monitoring public transport routes but also allows for on-board information to be shared that informs passengers on accidents or disruptions. Besides mass transit, geospatial technologies can also play a key role in new and emerging mobility solutions such as autonomous vehicles.”
Besides mass transit, geospatial technologies can also play a key role in new and emerging mobility solutions
One of UITP’s research and innovation projects, Galileo 4 Mobility, is dedicated to fostering the adoption of geospatial technology for the increasing variety of location-based mobility services.
Focusing specifically on Galileo technology, the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) created by the EU through the European GNSS Agency, the project aims to support the introduction of Galileo technology within the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) context. GNSS can effectively improve the accuracy and availability of passengers’ and vehicles’ locations, which enhances the continuity as well as the ease of use of shared mobility services in urban environments.
The Galileo 4 Mobility project analyses the needs in terms of geolocation and demonstrates the benefits of Galileo through pilot demonstrators of shared mobility services. The project will run until April 2020, and is currently in the phase of launching its pilots in Barcelona, Paris, and Thessaloniki.