Barcelona Pilot Site #1 (Park & Share)

//Barcelona Pilot Site #1 (Park & Share)
Barcelona Pilot Site #1 (Park & Share) 2018-04-25T12:23:29+00:00

1. The Context

Pilot site characteristics

Alba is a 30 year-old woman who lives in a residential area 30 km away from Barcelona where there is an insufficient public transport offering. She works as a sales agent for a perfume producer and so usually needs to visit different shops in the city, carrying different product samples.

With the park and ride information scheme provided by ACASA’s system, Alba can reach the city centre, park her car, and then easily get to the shops with the motosharing services available nearby. If she is in a rush and traffic is congested in the city, she can park in the outskirts (where parking is cheaper) and then use electric motosharing for the last mile. In this way, Alba is also aware that she is not contributing to the pollution problems in Barcelona’s city centre.

The Challenge

2. The Challenge

Galileo set to solve local mobility issues

RACC will develop an app for Barcelona commuters to assist them in their door-to-door daily mobility needs. The smartphone running the app will integrate Galileo location technology. It will provide traffic and parking information at destination, facilitating the combination with other more convenient, more sustainable modes of last-mile transport, namely an electric scooter-sharing service. Typically, the users will drive their own car to a car park (with information provided by the app, i.e. location, capacity, opening hours, fares, etc.) and continue the trip to their final destination in a shared e-scooter. The app will present, in a single and convenient interface, the available shared e-scooters to be taken once the car has been parked. Some of the e-scooters in the fleet will be geolocated using Galileo technology.

The app will be integrated with supporting systems from the shared fleet operator through a bridging platform and a set of APIs developed by RACC in coordination with the fleet operator and its specific technical requirements.

The app will show the range and availability of motosharing services.

This integration will create an informative park and ride scheme and will constitute an informative MaaS scheme promoting the intermodality of Electric Light vehicles with other modes (especially car), therefore, fostering a more sustainable mobility.

The Technology

3. The Technology

Tech enablers

Sensefields will provide Galileo-enabled smartphones or, alternatively, Galileo integrated hardware will be installed in the cars of private users that will communicate via Bluetooth location data to the smartphone. In this way, the app will benefit from the Galileo system’s accuracy and reliability, which might also be used to provide additional services to the driver (Usage Based Insurance, driving behaviour monitoring, etc.).

The Pilot

4. The Pilot

Demonstrators set-up

The pilot will feature:

  • 10 to 20 private user cars. ACASA (an automobile club) will be in charge of recruiting among its members the users with its private cars necessary for the pilot.
  • 10 to 20 Galileo-enabled electric motorbikes of one of the moto sharing schemes currently available in Barcelona.

The APIs of the moto sharing scheme will be integrated with the app developed by ACASA. This task will be subcontracted.

User engagement, user assistance-surveillance and pilot planning coordination will be carried out by ACASA.

The pilot will test the advantages of the Galileo navigation system. Its improved accuracy will enable a faster and smoother transition between modes in the Park & Ride scheme. This transition will be possible in urban areas overcoming the urban canyon affect that currently impacts GPS systems. The exploitation of the Galileo GNSS in mobility related services (such as Pay As You Go insurance schemes or road assistance services) could also be explored during the pilot.