Self-driving, or autonomous, vehicles are currently being tested in different areas and some are currently in use in restricted zones. However, the operation of autonomous vehicles on roads that are open to traffic is still very limited. To address this issue, the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA) and the EU-funded project Galileo4Mobility are launching a joint call for Expressions of Interest aiming to select an autonomous vehicle (POD) to operate a public transportation service within a predefined but open to traffic area. The selected company will have to provide the vehicle (POD) for the pilot duration (4-6 months) and the technical development needed in order [...]
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The first Galileo 4 Mobility has officially kicked off! Launched in early May, this pilot is led by research institute CERTH/HIT and transportation company Taxiway and aims to fight congestion in Thessaloniki’s city centre through a taxi-sharing service. We spoke to Josep Maria Salanova Grau, Associate Researcher at CERTH/HIT, and Theodoros Stavridis, president of Taxiway, about the ins and outs of the pilot in Thessaloniki. Can you briefly discuss the pilot, and elaborate on how the service will benefit from Galileo technology? The pilot in Thessaloniki aims at reducing traffic congestion in the city centre by reducing the amount of [...]
From 9 to 12 June, the UITP Global Public Transport Summit will take place in Stockholm. With new mobility solutions and their integration into the public transport network being an important topic at the event, Galileo 4 Mobility will be present with one poster session and one workshop. On Tuesday 11 June (09:30 - 10:30), Galileo 4 Mobility Coordinator Martí Jofre will present the project at the poster session 'Integrating New Mobility Solutions in the Public Transport Governance Framework'. This session will explore the necessary governance models to accommodate new mobility solutions. You can find more info here. The other event will [...]
From 10 to 11 April, Galileo 4 Mobility was presented at “La Jornada Catalana de la Mobilitat 2019”, held in Caldes de Montbui, Catalonia. Organised by AMTU (Association of municipalities for Mobility and Urban Transport), the event gathered over 400 professionals from public administration and transport operators in Catalonia. Martí Jofre, coordinator of G4M, explained the benefits of using GALILEO for demand-responsive mobility services and MaaS (Mobility as a Service), as well as the five pilot demonstrators that are going to take place in three different European cities (Barcelona, Paris and Thessaloniki) this year within the scope of the project. [...]
On 21 February, the second Galileo 4 Mobility Advisory Group (AG) meeting took place in Paris. Hosted by partner Clem’, the day provided the opportunity for the G4M consortium to gather valuable feedback from the AG members on key issues related to the project, and discuss the latest developments of the pilot sites. The second part of the day saw a demonstration of the electric car sharing pilot led by Clem’. The meeting was concluded with a roundtable discussion on shared electro-mobility in the Ile De France region and a networking dinner. The AG meeting kicked off with the presentation of [...]
Within the framework of the Galileo 4 Mobility project, two workshops were held late December, one with AMB (Àrea metropolitana de Barcelona) and one with RACC (Reial Automòbil Club de Catalunya). The workshops aimed to define metrics which help improve the provision of mobility services and assess the performance of the pilots that both organisations will be carrying out in 2019. AMB will be testing the implementation of an on-demand bus service replacing a regular bus service, and RACC will be testing the benefits of completing a multimodal trip on its MaaS platform using a Galileo-enabled smartphone. Both workshops followed [...]
On January 25, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB) and Servei Català de Trànsit (SCT) had a first meeting to discuss the details of a potential new mobility service with autonomous vehicles on the university campus. During the meeting, issues such as the itinerary, frequency, users and technical specifications of the vehicle itself, were discussed. If implemented, the trial could be one of the pilots conducted in the GALILEO FOR MOBILITY framework. All three organisations showed great interest in testing the possibilities of an autonomous vehicle operating on the open road, since it would be a [...]
From 25 to 28 February, GALILEO FOR MOBILITY was showcased at the Galileo Booth hosted by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) (Hall 8.0, Stand 8.0H15) at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona, Spain. The GSA Galileo stand showcased several Horizon 2020 funded, Galileo-powered innovations, including the GALILEO FOR MOBILITY project. At MWC, GALILEO FOR MOBILITY presented the different services it is currently testing, including an on-demand public transportation system in Barcelona, a vehicle sharing initiative in Paris, and a ride sharing programme in Thessaloniki – among others. “The project as a whole tackles all modes of transport, both private and public, [...]
From 3 to 5 December, GALILEO FOR MOBILITY was presented during European Space Week, held in Marseille, France. Organised by the European GNSS Agency, the event gathered all European stakeholders to discover the latest applications in Earth observation and satellite navigation and learn about the latest status of Galileo, Copernicus and EGNOS. GALILEO FOR MOBILITY was presented at two sessions. On 3 December, the session “EGNSS User Consultation Platform” was held, exchanging feedback on user requirements collected by GSA for each market segment. CERTH/HIT attended the working session in the transport sector of roads. On 5 December, Dr. Josep Maria Salanova Grau [...]