Travel planner for sustainable cities (TRACS)

How will we organize our trips in the future? The project TRACS describes the design of advanced integrated travel planners that provide both efficient decision support for travelers and a tool for local and regional planning for sustainable development.

Project title

Travel planner for sustainable cities (TRACS) (2010-2013)
Reseplanerare för hållbara städer

Project description

The development of information and communication technologies (ICT) radically increases possibilities to coordinate traffic. How can this knowledge be used to design advanced integrated travel planners that provide both efficient decision support for travelers and a tool for local and regional planning for sustainable development? The project TRACS intends to describe how such travel planners can work, what they include and what is needed for widespread adoption.
An integrated travel planner provides information on walking, bike routes, public transport, car rides, parking, goods transport, taxi, mobility and delivery services, and eventually even booking and payment services. Travel planners in mobile devices may be a first step towards the development of advanced and efficient travel and transport services for companies and private users. The project has a specific interest in how mobile applications can optimize urban traffic and land use so that sustainable travel such as public transport, walking and biking benefits. Goals and visions for an improved organization of traffic systems will be formulated enabling sustainable travel and urban development.
The project consists of three parts:
1.Inventory of international examples of travel planners (R&D, innovations, business models, introduction, adoption)
2.Behavior – How can travel planners influence travel patterns in an environmentally positive way?
3.Institutional change – which institutional obstacles need to be overcome when introducing a travel planner.

The project successfully bid for the call Environmental Innovations (Miljöinnovationer) within the Vinnova program Innovations for a Sustainable Future. TRACS is granted 9 MSEK from Vinnova. Partner companies contribute circa 10-12 MSEK, mainly through inkind contributions. The project cooperates with ISET (Innovation for Sustainable Everyday Travel), a four-year research program in the Västra Götaland Region.

Project leaders

Mattias Höjer
Anna Kramers (assistant project leader)

Partners

Ericsson, Institute for Futures Studies, Office of Regional Planning (Stockholm County Council), City of Stockholm, Swedish Transport Administration and trafiken.nu.

Contact

Mattias Höjer (hojer@kth.se), Anna Kramers (kramers@kth.se)

Note

The initial Swedish project title used in the project application was “Täta förbindelser”.

Read more

Mobilen visar vägen mot hållbart resande (March 2010, KTH.se)
Klimatsmarta resor i mobilen (May 2010, Vinnova.se)

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