Mobilidata movie shows potential of smart cycling
Providing free-flowing, safe ways of getting around is an important priority for the Flemish government. To reach that goal, they have put an ambitious program in place in Flanders. Called Mobilidata, the program has set itself some ambitious goals:
- guaranteeing accessibility and mobility,
- improving livability in Flanders; while at the same time
- increasing road safety and reducing damage to the environment and nature.
To achieve these aims, Mobilidata is busy putting in place a network of smart, sustainable and reliable data sources. But how do they get this smart data to you, as a road-user? That’s something you take care of yourself! It works like this: your smartphone sends out a cellular signal, which enables ‘communication’ to be established with their connected systems. Mobilidata’s smart infrastructure then tracks that signal and combines it with other real-time data. This in turn makes it possible, for example, for traffic lights to take your mobility needs into consideration better. Over time, a smart data infrastructure of this kind will provide the basis for the road infrastructure that will enable driverless vehicles in Flanders.
For all road users, also cyclists
By working with Mobilidata solutions, policymakers, businesses, government departments, local residents and app-builders can all combine to make being on the road smoother, more sustainable, more comfortable and safer for every road-user. So, not only for private cars, but also for cyclists and pedestrians. The following movie shows how cyclists can benefit from the smart traffic solutions provided through the Mobilidata program: https://vimeo.com/571581899
Mobilidata is a program created by the Flemish government and supported by imec. To improve the situation on the roads in Flanders, a great deal of expertise and close cooperation is needed. That’s why numerous Flemish government institutions are fully behind this program. They include the Flemish Department for Mobility and Public Works (MOW), the Roads and Traffic Agency (AWV), the Flemish Traffic Center (VVC), the Flemish Department for the Economy, Science and Innovation (EWI) and Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship (Vlaio). The Mobilidata program is scheduled to run over a period of five years: from the beginning of 2019, through to the end of 2023.