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European In-Time travel management project launched

The launch event for the European In-Time project has taken place in Vienna, Austria. Increased traffic in Europe’s cities has resulted in chronic congestion, causing delays and pollution. As a result, nearly EUR100 billion are lost every year, which represents 1% of the EU’s GDP. According to European figures, urban traffic is responsible for 40% of CO2 emissions and 70% of emissions of other pollutants arising from road transport. The In-Time project aims to address these challenges, together with the need for cities to come up with strategies to improve urban mobility and reduce energy consumption caused by transport. The project focuses on the delivery of multimodal Real-Time Traffic and Travel Information (RTTI) services for drivers and travelers in European cities.

The In-Time project, which is co-financed by the European Commission Competitiveness and Innovation (CIP) program, will pilot and validate an innovative pan-European approach to RTTI. Pilots will be set up in the course of the year in six cities: Vienna, Austria; Brno, Czech Republic; Bucharest, Romania; Oslo, Norway; Munich, Germany; and Florence, Italy. At the launch, high level participants from industry and service providers, as well as city and regional representatives, had the opportunity to critically examine the project’s achievements and aims, the technical solutions to be deployed and the progress and models of the six pilot cities.

Speaking at the launch, Martin Boehm of AustriaTech, who is the project coordinator, said, “The extensive developments of the last one and a half years, have borne fruit for all In-Time project partners. We can now start the important pilot phase that will contribute to the successful realization and continuation of In-Time services. It will give users the unique possibility to optimize their travel routes in cities, and to change their travel habits in a more environmental friendly way, without any effort. This service could not only enhance the user’s comfort in travelling, but also help to achieve goals like CO2 reduction, or the better use of capacity in transport in urban areas.”

 

January 28, 2011

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