Thessaloniki, Barcelona, Rome and Istanbul are participating in a special “experiment” aimed at improving the mobility, safe use and parking of individual vehicles, in particular electric scooters.
Research institutes, developers and operators from four cities form a collaborative mobility research front through two innovative projects, Cleanergy 4 Micromobility and RideSafeUM, supported by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European union.
In Thessaloniki, two projects have already started in early 2022 with the assistance of the Institute for Sustainable Mobility and Transport Networks (HIT) of the National Center for Research and Technological Development (CERTH).
Platforms for parking and charging electric scooters
In particular, the Cleanergy project aims to create and pilot an innovative platform for parking and charging electric vehicles using solar energy, while offering enough storage space for personal protective equipment (for example, a helmet). The platform is a partner product of Bile Communication SL, Solum and Omnitec Systems.
As part of the project, Thessaloniki, Barcelona and Istanbul will host five month pilot test to evaluate the effectiveness of the solution in real conditions. The pilot application in Thessaloniki focuses on the use of the proposed parking platforms with electric scooters that can be rented. dikaiologitika.gr.
In particular, two innovative parking and charging platforms will be installed in the central areas of Thessaloniki. Greece is represented by HIT/CERTH, the development company of Thessaloniki (MATH), and Rise.
Speed limits, safe driving instructions and accident prevention (recording)
The second project called “RideSafeUM” aims to improve road safety – both for users of electric vehicles and for other road users (pedestrians, motorcycles, cars).
The project will develop a technological solution that will be tested in Thessaloniki, Rome and Barcelona. It consists of an application for users (application) and a platform (dashboard) for local authorities.
Through the platform, the municipality will be able to set limits on the use of electric vehicles (for example, speed limits by type, information about points where users detect violations, or points where there is a high frequency of accidents). Accident identification will be based on data received from the “control node” installed on the electric scooter.
On the other hand, through the application, users will receive alerts for careful driving when deemed appropriate and will be informed in real time if they violate the restriction set by the municipality (for example, driving faster than prescribed). From the Greek side, HIT/CERTH, MATH and Rise and Brainbox are participating in the project.