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CROWD sensing and ride sharing FOR ROAD Sustainability

Objective

Road networks are the largest publicly owned assets and they play a fundamental role in socio-economic development and
competitiveness. At the same time, roads have huge environmental impacts and maintenance costs. Passenger cars
account for 73.7% of total intra-EU passenger transport, with an average car occupancy rate well below 2 passengers per car. The resulting traffic accounts for about 12% of CO2 emissions. Delayed maintenance impairs road safety and increases cost of intervention, vehicle operating costs, and emissions.
The CROWD4ROADS project combines trip sharing and crowd sensing initiatives to harness collective intelligence to contribute
to the solution of the sustainability issues of road passenger transport, by increasing the car occupancy rate and by
engaging drivers and passengers in road monitoring.
BlaBlaCar (http://blablacar.com/) is the largest trusted ride sharing community worldwide, with more than 10.000.000
members in 14 countries, while SmartRoadSense (http://smartroadsense.it/) is a crowd sensing system which makes use of
the accelerometers of car-mounted smartphones to estimate the roughness of the road surface.
The CROWD4ROADS platform establishes a synergistic relationship between BlaBlaCar and SmartRoadSense, exploiting the network effect which is inherent in both the initiatives, to provide a sizeable impact in terms of car occupancy rate, road
monitoring, and end-user engagement in road maintenance and transport sustainability.
Scalability issues will be addressed during the project both from a technical and from a social point of view. The approach
will be validated on representative large scale pilots, involving more than 1 million people and covering more than 1 million
km of roads. Impacts will be measures in terms of road coverage, car occupancy rates, and open data volume.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/information engineering/telecommunications/mobile phone
  • /social sciences/other social sciences/social sciences interdisciplinary/sustainable development
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2015
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Funding Scheme

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinator

Universita' degli Studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
Address
Via Aurelio Saffi 2
61029 Urbino
Italy
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 384 375

Participants (7)

REGIONE MARCHE
Italy
EU contribution
€ 266 166,25
Address
Via Gentile Da Fabriano 9
60125 Ancona
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
COMUTO

Participation ended

France
EU contribution
€ 17 911,83
Address
84 Avenue De La Republique
75011 Paris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
COVENTRY UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 245 333
Address
Priory Street
CV1 5FB Coventry
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
FUNDATIA SATEAN
Romania
EU contribution
€ 180 625
Address
Str Transilvaniei 1 Cladirea Gbs Et 4
810008 Braila
Activity type
Other
BUCKINGHAMSHIRE ADVANTAGE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 262 992,51
Address
The Saunderton Estate Wycombe Road
HP14 4BF Saunderton
Activity type
Other
REGIONE ABRUZZO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 129 375
Address
Via Leonardo Da Vinci
67100 L'aquila
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
COMUTO ITALIA SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 57 088,17
Address
Largo Guido Donegani 2
20121 Milano Mi
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)