New: Virtual Mobility Lab for Barcelona

Figure 5. MaaS Modeller case study of Demand Responsive services in the Central Business District of Barcelona for CARNET / ©PTV

PTV Group supports the Cooperative Automotive Research Network (CARNET) which implemented a virtual mobility lab for the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. Jaume Barceló, strategic advisor at PTV Iberia provides some insight into this ambitious project.

The research and innovation “hub” Cooperative Automotive Research Network (CARNET) was founded by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Volkswagen Research Group and SEAT. In 2017, PTV Group set up a subsidiary in Spain and joined CARNET as industrial partner. CARNET focuses on the future of automotive technologies and urban mobility. In December, the initiative won the “2017 National Prize of Public-Private Partnership on R&D” awarded by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation of the Catalan Government.

CARNET was awarded the prize for its Virtual Mobility Lab, a simulation tool developed by the group InLab of the Faculty of Informatics at UPC in cooperation with VW Research, SEAT, PTV and Kineo Mobility Analytics. VML is supported by a PTV Visum multimodal model of the First Crown of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (Figure 1).

  • Figure 1. Project Area: First Crown of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona (Green Border) / © PTV

It is the first in-depth multimodal model of Barcelona Metropolitan Area, which includes the offering of all public transport modes, as well as private vehicles and the updated demand for mobility (Figures 2,3,and 4).

During one of the first tests, the Virtual Mobility Lab showed that the number of private vehicles on the streets of Barcelona could be reduced to 2,000 vehicles with the use of 500 on-demand shuttles, which would lead to a considerable improvement in traffic in the city and a reduction in pollution levels.

PTV MaaS Modeller operating on this Virtual Mobility Lab has been used to create several scenarios in the city, as well as in selected areas of the First Crown, and to demonstrate the potential impact of Demand Responsive Transport services (Figure 5) on the city.

The Virtual Mobility Lab, a strategic project for CARNET, was presented and demonstrated at the Smart Cities Expo World Congress 2017.

Jaume Barceló, the co-founder of the TSS and a globally acclaimed and recognized emeritus professor and scientific director at the Technical University of Barcelona, today works as strategic advisor for PTV Iberia. He supported the implementation of the new virtual mobility lab.

Jaume Barceló, the co-founder of the TSS and a globally acclaimed and recognized emeritus professor and scientific director at the Technical University of Barcelona, today works as strategic advisor for PTV Iberia. He supported the implementation of the new virtual mobility lab.

The aim was to show how it can analyse and assess the impact of smart mobility projects in Barcelona, and how the results can be extrapolated before the implementation of a pilot test. The new model will support those who make decisions on mobility policies, transport operators and new companies that are developing mobility alternatives and wish to assess them.

The news items (in Catalan) are available at http://www.upc.edu/ca/sala-de-premsa/noticies/carnet-reconegut-amb-el-premi-nacional-de-recerca-al-partenariat-publico-privat

About the project
CARNET aims to solve the challenges of urban mobility, and focuses on innovative technologies and new mobility concepts and needs, which arise from potential future urban lifestyles. In order to create new product solutions, CARNET wants to transform traditional concepts of the automotive product and technical development methods into cooperative approaches that bring together vehicle manufacturers, communities and potential service operators. CARNET’s general approach to urban mobility contributes to the vision of becoming a “lighthouse” region for the development and demonstration of future mobility technologies. http://www.carnet.barcelona/

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