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CIVITAS Tool Inventory adds OPTIMUM smart travel app

November 30, 2017

The CIVITAS Tool Inventory is a joint initiative of CIVITAS SATELLITE and the CIVITAS SUMPs-Up projects. With more than 100 stored tools and methods, the inventory is an online database that helps local authorities make better-informed decisions about which planning tools to apply in their given local context. The wide-ranging inventory includes guidelines, software, manuals, mobile apps, games and planning approaches, all of which are useful in the urban mobility planning process — from scenario building and measure selection to implementation and evaluation.

Now available free of charge on the Tool Inventory is an OPTIMUM-developed multimodal route-planning application (app) that features smart notifications and proactive recommendations to encourage more sustainable transport behaviour.

The app supports multimodal route planning in three major European cities: Birmingham (UK), Ljubljana (Slovenia) and Vienna (Austria). All available information on complex urban transportation networks has been integrated in these three cities, including public means of transport—trains, metros, buses, taxis, shared bicycles, shared cars and electric vehicles.

The OPTIMUM app includes a personal profile that can be enabled to give greener transport recommendations. Based on start location and destination inputs, the app can plan routes to meet specific individual needs—e.g. time and date of arrival or departure, mode of transport modes or vehicle location.

Users can also add “via points” along the route proposed by the application. In addition, the app can suggest alternative routes, along with information on modes of transport, time of travel and CO2 emissions for each trip alternative. Routing optimisation can then be personalised to fit the user’s travel profile.

Persuasive messaging accompanies each specific alternative to steer the user towards greener transportation choices (i.e. walking, cycling, public transport). Later versions of the app will integrate a crediting system that rewards greener transportation choices. The app supports the storage of current and future trip itineraries, allows quick access to planned trips, and informs the user about potentially relevant incidents (e.g. congestion, accidents, road works). 

The user’s local surroundings are shown as a map, which allows the user to locate a potential destination or identify points of interest (POIs). These POIs can be filtered through categories and be included in route requests. Finally, feedback functionality is very important, as it allows the user to communicate easily with the OPTIMUM project, which in turn allows the user to rate the app and provide feedback.

OPTIMUM’s multimodal route-planning app is one of the 107 (and counting!) tools in the CIVITAS Tool Inventory—further evidence that the efforts of our technical partners are making mobility more sustainable.

The OPTIMUM multimodal route-planning app can be downloaded for free from Google Play Store.

The CIVITAS Tool Inventory can be accessed here.