SocialCar kicks off in Rome
A lot is being done across Europe to forge ahead with modern public transportation, yet, with cities growing in importance, their transport networks often fail to stand the pace.
However, a new trail-blazing concept to advance public transport in European cities has come to light: SocialCar is a research and innovation project that seeks to integrate carpooling into existing mobility systems by means of powerful planning algorithms and integration of big data. The project is supported by European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme. The project unites ITS developers, social and economic scientists, transport engineers, carpoolers and public authorities in Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Spain and Belgium. With an inaugural meeting held on 25th-26th June 2015, the SocialCar partnership embarked on joint efforts to exploit the ever growing connectivity of people and objects, the proliferation of internet services, the potential of Future Internet, GNSS and social media. The mission is to design, develop, test and roll out a service that simplifies the travel experience of citizens in urban and peri-urban areas.