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Personal Intelligent City Accessible Vehicle
General information
Europe EC DG RTD
From 2009-08-01 to 2012-07-31 Concluded
PMAR Robotics group

The project presents a new mobility concept for passengers ensuring accessibility for all in urban pedestrian environments. The concept addresses a new Personal Intelligent City Accessible Vehicle (PICAV) and a new transport system that integrates a fleet of PICAV units.

The PICAV vehicle ensures accessibility for everybody and some of its features are specifically designed for people whose mobility is restricted for different reasons, particularly (but not only) elderly and disabled people. Ergonomics, comfort, stability, assisted driving, eco-sustainability, parking and mobility dexterity as well as vehicle/infrastructures intelligent networking were the main drivers of PICAV design.

The innovative electric vehicle presents new unconventional chassis and suspension structure, new seating sub-assembly, new efficient power supply module.


Radical move towards clean energy efficient, safe and intelligent personal vehicles. To this objective a number of new concept vehicle modules (sub-assemblies) that are considered critical for the targeted elderly and limited mobility end users and for the environment were developed and breakthrough solutions were proposed.

Paradigm change in user service aiming at an efficient organisation of the mobility of weak or for some reason hampered people in urban areas. The new vehicle, beside the private use, is thought as a unit of a small car sharing fleet that can be rented on demand. The rational use of the fleet is guaranteed by specific management strategies and is based on the knowledge of the status of the entire fleet and on the existing networked public infrastructures.


The PICAV transport system was studied, modelled, simulated and virtually tested in order to offer an efficient and rational service to citizen within urban traffic restricted areas: the application fields of PICAV are outdoor pedestrian environments where usual public transport services cannot operate because of the width and slope of the infrastructures, uneven pavements and the interactions with high pedestrian flows.

This transport system is an on-demand and it is based on the car-sharing concept. To overcome the barriers of traditional car-sharing systems, the following specific services are provided: instant access; open-ended reservation; one-way trips.

The single units will be networked and able to communicate each other, with city infrastructure, public transport on the surrounding area and emergency services allowing high level of inter-modal integration.

Related Projects

Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative [2]


  • DIMEC University of Genova
  • UCL University College London
  • UNIPI University of Pisa
  • TCB Servicios Municipalizados de Transportes Colectivos do Barreiro
  • MAZEL Mazel Ingenieros

Budget / Funding

Total cost: € 3 938 761 / EU Contribution: € 2 797 050

Funded under the call: FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1

Topic: SST.2008.3.1.1. - New Mobility Concepts for Passengers Ensuring Accessibility for All


Automated vehicle, assisted driving, urban, vulnerable road users, passenger transport, HMI, confort, car sharing