Today 54% of the world population lives in cities and by 2050 this figure is estimated to reach 66%. If we want to reduce pollution, mitigate climate change and contribute to make cities of the future smarter and more livable for everyone, we must tend towards the use of public transportation. Actually, efficient urban mobility goes far further than multi-modal journey planning.
Local authorities also need to focus on traffic flow optimization and environmental issues. Currently, smart mobility solutions are based on traffic signal priority for emergency and public transport vehicles, traffic maps creation and near real-time travel information for drivers regarding anticipated journeys. These solutions often use data from GPS sensors in buses, and, in some cases, traffic detectors. While most of these sources are useful for reactive adjustments, mobility patterns must be integrated to allow proactive planning or traffic management.
Considering this scenario, Atos has developed CityGO, a mobile application for users to plan their city itineraries according to their preferences and usual habits, complemented with a web application for the municipality of the cities called CityDash.
It is common for citizens and tourists in a city to use multimodal journey planners that combine transportation open data, schedules and traveling time from different sources, such as Google Maps. But CityGO provide other essential elements making transport more sustainable, healthy and efficient:
- Provision of personalized real-time data and information;
- Flexible journey planning and route optimization;
- Integration of multilevel and multisource information to ensure the highest possible transport efficiency in terms of criteria chosen by the user;
- Real-time information on traffic problems and possible transport alternatives;
As citizen choices affect the sustainability and efficiency of urban transport systems, data collected from journey planners is becoming essential for any municipality. Therefore, to obtain these valuable data, local authorities and transport operators in many European regions have started to develop their own multimodal journey planners.
This is where CityGO and its complementary CityDash offer key benefits. With the help of a reusable infrastructure, software components and templates, as well as customized features for each city, the cost of developing and deploying city-specific urban mobility applications is drastically reduced.