Roll-out of interactive traffic management successfully kicked-off
MUNICH, 23 & 24 October 2017 – The SOCRATES2.0 consortium has successfully kicked-off the project in a two day workshop. With most of the partners present, head of BMW Mobility Technologies Martin Hauschild officially started the project with a challenging vision on the future of mobility, followed by the individual partners visions. This resulted in a good and common vision on the future of the SOCRATES2.0 project and -results and was topped off with an excellent visit at the BMW World exposition.
During the workshop all activities were revisited and the starting points were validated. Twenty-four participants from the majority of partners were present during the two day kick-off. The cooperation was characterized by the openness and willingness to share of all partners.
SOCRATES2.0 aims at realising services for interactive traffic management in Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Antwerp and Munich and at evaluating ways to work together to create mutual benefits.
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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.