400 people participate in the pilot test of the SUPERHUB project for sustainable urban mobility
- Barcelona Digital Technology Centre will coordinate the pilot test, which will be conducted in Barcelona from 9 September to 7 October. The 400 volunteers will test the mobile application’s capacities in order to help to design an innovative ICT platform for sustainable and integrated transport.
- The European R&D&I project SUPERHUB, which enjoys the participation of Barcelona City Council, the Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM), ETRA I&D and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), is developing a web- and mobile-accessible open platform that can gather all urban transport services in real time to suggest different route options to users based on their preferences, the environmental impact and traffic conditions.
Barcelona, 9 September 2013.– Twenty international partners, including Barcelona Digital Technology Centre, Barcelona City Council, the Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM), ETRA I&D and the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), are participating in the European SUPERHUB project, which aims to apply the latest in ICT innovation to urban transport and will soon begin its pilot test in Barcelona with the collaboration of more than 400 local residents.
SUPERHUB is creating a web- and mobile-accessible open platform that can gather all urban transport services in real time that will lay out the best and alternate travel routes, among other things, by taking user preferences and traffic conditions into account, while also promoting respect for the environment through transport, in line with the European Union’s strategy for sustainable development.
SUPERHUB is driving a new urban mobility service ecosystem where everybody wins: people will get quick information and generate less pollution as they travel, traffic companies will be able to manage their services more effectively and public organisations will be able to assess the results of their mobility policies better.
The project has a budget of 10 million euros through the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Union and will last three years.
Pilot test in Milan and Barcelona
Helsinki is already testing SUPERHUB. From 9 September to 7 October, it will be tested in both Barcelona and Milan. In Barcelona, the project will enjoy the participation of 400 volunteers, urban travellers who will move around the Catalan city and metropolitan area, testing the app with their smartphones.
While the app is still in an experimental phase, its main functions can be tested: planning trips, searching for the best route options and means of transport (local train, underground train, railways, bicycle, private vehicles) and calculating the CO2 produced by each travel option chosen. Throughout 2014, final tests will be conducted with all functions implemented in the app.
The European SUPERHUB consortium is led by GFI ADELIOR NV. Participants include Diesis, CREATE-NET, Fondazione Legambiente, VODAFONE, ETRA I&D, the University of Aberdeen, Barcelona City Council, the Czech Transport Research Centre (CDV), the University of Helsinki, the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Barcelona Digital Technology Centre, the Czech Technical University in Prague, the Barcelona Metropolitan Transport Authority (ATM), Autoguidovie, Accanto Systems, Game2Growth, eXrade and Azienda Trasporti Milanesi.