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OPTIMUM pilot experts highlight advances in innovation

September 19, 2016

With the OPTIMUM project having completed its first year, a number of experts were asked during the last plenary meeting to comment on the project’s pilot studies. Interviews included questions about the progress of the pilot studies, the most innovative elements of the studies, and which stakeholder groups stand to benefit the most.

Gabriel Makki, Kapsch, on dynamic freight charging

“The objective of dynamic charging of freight operators is to optimise the use of road space, and therefore to improve the safety of national roads by reducing the amount of traffic. This innovative scheme has never been introduced before and we hope to promote its use among freight operators.

Eagan University has developed the mathematical model to drive pricing, Uninova is running the data layout, local authorities provide data — also involving IP — and Kapsch is implementing the model. At the moment, we have the basic version of the software and a limited amount of data to implement the model.

We will need to collect more data in order to enable data interface and to improve the model so that freight operators can use it.”

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Luka Bradesko, JSI, Car2X pilot, on smart motorhomes

“The innovation of this pilot scheme is that internal motorhome sensors are brought together with external data sources — maps — into one solution. It’s not just about navigation, and not just about controlling the motorhome: it’s also an assistance app with navigation, and for awareness of the condition of the motorhome, which can also suggest stops and places of interest.

We’ve already collected a lot of motorhome data and have added a bit of hardware to collect OBD (data from the engine) to measure emissions. We have one prototype that reviews 60 sensors and conducts 10,000 per minute — which is a lot, but we filter things out.

The next step is to take this prototype and the GPS and OBD measurements to the next level by integrating it with the CEBus standard — a caravanning industry standard that would allow us to connect internal motorhome appliances such as lights, refrigerators and air conditioning units. We will then bring this to the project so that the OPTIMUM app will be able to use this data to connect it with the map and do something even smarter.

ADRIA motorhome manufacturers will benefit the most because more people will use the apps, which gives ADRIA a direct channel to the users. It also offers a competitive advantage because the app hasn’t yet been taken up by the whole industry. Users will also benefit because of raised standards of comfort — like remote switching on or off of lighting and heating units. CEBus is a new standard. Only new models can apply, but this solution helps older motorhome users to comply, and they will be interested in buying this device to have navigation plus full control of appliances.”

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Giannis Tsouros, University of Eagan, on multimodal routing

“A multimodal routing engine is an app that can display multiple routes for everyday commuting, and also recommend alternative multimodal choices. This app contributes to eco-friendly transport, promotes public transportation, and helps users to make more environmentally friendly choices in their everyday life with a minimum of inconvenience.

The app is innovative because it recommends routes on a personalised level, based on the models behind it and all the processes going on. It gives personalised recommendations that are different for each user. I haven’t seen such an app anywhere else, and I think it’s the biggest innovation in terms of routing engines.

The initial version of the model is in place, and the first version of the routing engine is running, but we need some time and additional data to be more confident about the results. Now that we have the basics, everything else should come together in the next phase.”

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