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i-TOUR: intelligent Transport system for Optimized URban trips

Final Report Summary - I-TOUR (i-TOUR: intelligent Transport system for Optimized URban trips)



Executive Summary:

i-Tour is the acronym for a three-years European co-funded project by the 7th Seventh Framework Program on Research. i-Tour stands for "Intelligent Transport system for Optimized URban trips" and it is a Collaborative Focused Research Project presented to the call on Surface Sustainable Transport topic "SST.2008.3.1.2 Intelligent mobility systems and multi-modal interfaces for transport of passengers"

i-Tour develops an open framework to be used by different providers, authorities and citizens to provide intelligent multi-modal mobility services.

The project builds on top of widespread diffusion of novel info-mobility services that are promoting multi-modal transport. These will have a profound impact on citizen's lives across EU, in terms of safety (40,000+ people per year die on European roads) efficiency (congestion costs an estimated in 1% of EU total GDP ) environmental sustainability (transport accounts for 30% of total energy consumption in the EU).

The i-Tour system is a new urban traveller information system that offers users routing advice for multimodal trips. Furthermore, the i-Tour system is an advanced system in that it takes into account users’ activity agendas. The system monitors the execution of a user’s activity schedule and generates alerts and recommendations when conflicts or opportunities arise, such as for changing a route or using a POI (Point Of Interest). Compared to existing traveller information systems, i-Tour uses a comprehensive representation of individual users’ travel preferences in a so-called user profile. In the system, user profiles are not static. Based on a built-in learning model, i-Tour is able to incrementally learn a user’s personal preferences each time it receives feedback on the travel choice a user makes. Thus, the i-Tour system is adaptive and increasingly able to tailor its advice to the personal preferences of a user while it learns from his or her choices.

The i-Tour prototype is now at the stage of reaching the users; to achieve this, the i-Tour consortium has built a business model and a go-to-market strategy.

Project Context and Objectives:

Summary description of the project context and the main objectives

i-Tour is the acronym for a three-years European co-funded project by the 7th Seventh Framework Program on Research. i-Tour stands for "Intelligent Transport system for Optimized URban trips" and it is a Collaborative Focused Research Project presented to the call on Surface Sustainable Transport topic "SST.2008.3.1.2 Intelligent mobility systems and multi-modal interfaces for transport of passengers"

i-Tour develops an open framework to be used by different providers, authorities and citizens to provide intelligent multi-modal mobility services.

The project builds on top of widespread diffusion of novel info-mobility services that are promoting multi-modal transport. These will have a profound impact on citizen's lives across EU, in terms of safety (40,000+ people per year die on European roads) efficiency (congestion costs an estimated in 1% of EU total GDP ) environmental sustainability (transport accounts for 30% of total energy consumption in the EU).

Currently there are a multitude of timetable information systems available for public transport. Most public transport operators offer web-browser-based tools, and an increasing number of services are now also available via tablets and smartphones. However, currently there is no navigation system that completely accounts for hybrid private and public transport networks. Some existing initiatives support routing through public transport networks. However, no current systems supports at the same time customization, in terms of user travel preferences, and real-time information, while promoting an open approach based