Paving the way for the future of car mobility
SOCRATES2.0 is a pan-European project that brings together road authorities, service providers and car manufacturers. Together they set new standards to share and integrate traffic information. This enables effective traffic management and opens the door to innovative traffic information and navigation services. It will make traffic smoother, safer and more sustainable. Hence our pay-off: fast, safe and green. SOCRATES2.0 also provides the essential building blocks to prepare Europe for the future of self-driving cars.
News & Agenda
As a result of the Corona virus outbreak and the so-called “lockdowns” in all four SOCRATES pilot cities (Amsterdam, Antwerp, Copenhagen and Munich), the pilots have come to a temporary halt. Traffic in some cities has fallen by more than 50% since mid-March, and no major events will take place until September this year. For the project, this came at the worst possible time. After months of preparations, the first user experiences were gained within 4 use cases. The use cases should also have been operational during the months of March to June.
The SOCRATES pilot in Amsterdam was launched today, with a new navigation service to improve the traffic flow around Amsterdam. In the event of imminent traffic jams, drivers will be offered an alternative route in time via the navigation system. Thus, the traffic will be better spread over the total road network, resulting in fewer traffic jams. The services are offered by TomTom, Be-Mobile (Flitsmeister) and BrandMKRS (Livecrowd Mobility). The service providers are looking for testers of the services.
In the coming months, the Flemish Traffic Control Centre (part of the Agency for Roads and Traffic), BMW Group, Be-Mobile and MAPtm will be testing a new ‘smart tunnel service’ on the Antwerp ring road. This will help them assess whether they can distribute traffic in a dynamic and clever way between the Kennedy and Liefkenshoek tunnels, in order to reduce traffic jams near the Kennedy Tunnel.
What’s going on in the different pilotsites: Antwerp, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Munich? What is the progress in setting up the cooperation, and how far are the partners in realising the smart traffic and navigation services? Let’s take a look behind the scenes in Antwerp.
ITS Europe Congress 2020
Webinar Cooperation framework for public-private trafficmanagement
Four pilot projects will be organised, involving thousands of users testing new and extended mobile/in-car services based on interactive traffic management. The pilots are located in the regions of Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Munich and Antwerp and include motorways, regional roads, urban-interurban interfaces and urban roads.
October 2017 Kick off event
June 2018 Joint vision ready
September 2018 ITS World Congress, Copenhagen
October 2018 Pilot design complete
April 2019 Start pilots
June 2020 Evaluation reports
December 2020 Consolidated results