|City Alternative Transport System|
|From 2010-01-01 to 2014-12-31||Funded|
Cats [City Alternative Transport System] is a small scale collaborative project funded by DG RESEARCH of the European Commission.
The project started on January 1st, 2010 and it will run until December 31st, 2014. CATS' aim is the full development and experimentation of a new urban transport service based on a new generation of vehicle. Its major innovation is the utilisation of a single type of vehicle for two different uses: individual use or semi collective transport. This new transport service is aimed at filling the gap between public mass transport and private individual vehicles. It gathers eleven partners in 5 different countries in Europe and Israël divided among transportation systems manufacturers, research institutes, services providers and end users.
CATS aim is the full development and experimentation of a new urban transport service based on a new generation of vehicle. Its major innovation is the utilisation of a single type of vehicle for two different uses: individual use or semi collective transport. This new transport service is aimed at filling the gap between public mass transport and private individual vehicles. The goal of this new service is a more efficient mobility in cities through a more balanced use of small clean vehicles and mass transport. This inclusive new transport system is well adapted to the needs of people with reduced mobility, young passengers and tourists.
CATS, using INDUCT technology incorporated in the vehicle NAVIA, will develop an innovative strategy to test and introduce a clean urban transport system in three selected sites in the partner cities.
- The project mainly focuses on the following issues:
- To demonstrate that both NAVIA and the classic public transport network are complementary,
- To test all issues linked to station design and vehicle running in terms of urban integration, accessibility and environmental neutral effect of the system,
- To implement and to exploit services and innovative applications.
The results of the CATS Project will contribute mainly to the EU-27 and 'zero accident' vision as well as to significant improvement of efficiency of the urban transport systems.
These, integrated with other new innovations in the field of Cybernetic Transportation Systems (CTS) intended to bring a radical change in urban transportation.
These environmental friendly systems have the feasible potential of improving the current situations drastically, by offering solutions to the problems encountered today. They will yield much more effective organisation in terms of urban mobility, congestion and air pollution, noise, CO2 emissions, accessibility and safety.
The outcome will be a higher quality of living and an enhanced integration with the spatial and societal developments.
The methodology that was elaborated in CATS is stimulating European industries to further develop their competence in the area of safe and efficient driving in the road environment and establish a leading position in the market. The demonstration laid a basis for establishing new business activities for service providers and companies. In term of cleaner environment both solutions experimented within CATS demonstrated their effectiveness concerning the reduction of CO2 pollutants emissions and the increase of energy efficiency.
In summary, the CATS Project is intended to yield the following impacts:
Drastic reduction of energy dependency, pollutants and carbon dioxide emissions,
- Technological progress,
- Improvement of the urban mobility offer with substantial gain of time and comfort for travel,
- Improvement of the urban quality of life.
INDUCT, Solutions de mobilité, France; LOHR Industrie, France; CTL - SAPIENZA UNIVERSITY OF ROME, ITALY; EPFL - ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FÉDÉRALE DE LAUSANNE, SWITZERLAND; INRIA - INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE, FRANCE; TECHNION - INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, ISRAËL; GEA - J.M. Vallotton et T. Chanard, Architectes - Urbanistes FSU, Suisse; Strasbourg - Communauté urbaine de Strasbourg, France; Formello - City of Formello, Italy; Ploiesti - Ploiesti City Hall, Romania; ERT - Europe Recherche Transport, France
Budget / Funding
Total cost: € 3.965.705,37 / EU contribution: € 2.970.245
Funded under the call: FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
Topic: SST.2008.3.1.1. - New Mobility Concepts for Passengers Ensuring Accessibility for All
Robotic driverless electric vehicle; Passenger transport; Innovative technologies; Transport management; Urban transport; Economic and regional impacts