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Trikala is selected as the first town in Europe where the pilot project “Automated transport systems” will be applied,  as the program coordinator Adriano Alessandrini has announced.

CityMobil2 is a multi-stakeholder project co-funded by the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme for research and technological development (commonly known as FP7).

CityMobil2 is setting up a pilot platform for automated road transport systems, which will be implemented in several urban environments across Europe. Automated transport systems are made up of vehicles operating without a driver in collective mode. They are deemed to play a useful role in the transport mix as they can supply a good transport service (individual or collective) in areas of low or dispersed demand complementing the main public transport network. A dozen local authorities or equivalent sites are in the bidding to be one of the five sites to host a 6-month demonstration.   All recognise the potential of vehicle automation as part of their public transport network. Two sets of six vehicles each for the demonstrations will be supplied by two of the five manufacturers within the project. The project will procure the vehicles and make them available to the selected pilot sites for the duration of the demonstrations.

In addition to the pilot activities, research will be undertaken into the technical, financial, cultural, and behavioural aspects and effects on land use policies and how new systems can fit into existing infrastructure in different cities. The legal issues surrounding automated transport will also be addressed leading to a proposed framework for certifying automated transport systems.

CityMobil2 started in September 2012 and will run for 4 years and has 45 partners drawn from system suppliers, city authorities (and local partners), the research community and networking organisations.





about Trikala

Trikala is a medium-sized provincial city in the middle of Greece with a population of about 76 000, rising to approximately 100 000 if the suburbs and nearby villages are including. The city lies close to a highly touristic area of international importance, called Meteora. Trikala was the first digital city in Greece. It initiated its IT activity in 2002, when the idea for searching technological ways of servicing the citizens was born. In 2003, the municipality recruited employees in order for the “e-trikala office” to be formed, which took action on new broadband technologies over the next 5 years and led to the nomination of Trikala City as one of the 21 most intelligent communities worldwide by the Intelligent Community Forum three times in a row (2009, 2010, 2011).

Regarding mobility, the city has around 85 000 trips per day including both residents and visitors. The main points of congestion within the city are around the three bridges crossing the river that passes through the city centre. The city plans to transform the centre into a pedestrian area and to provide parking facilities around the edge of the city centre. Trikala is considering implementing an automated transport system to carry people between car parks, bus terminal and city centre. Elderly users going to the general hospital, to the local market and to other public services in the city centre will notably be targeted for this service. Trikala is considering the use of automated vehicles to carry people between the car parks and city centre. There are many other sites in Trikala that could potentially benefit from the introduction of automated transport systems.

source/read more: http://www.citymobil2.eu/en/

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