Increasing housing density and decreasing space for transport infrastructure and private parking are posing severe challenges to the sustainable accessibility of urban regions. Potential smart mobility solutions consist of a flexible combination of walking and cycling, shared electric vehicles, transport hubs, freight, delivery and traffic management – but we lack the modelling tools to test these solutions. XCARCITY is a five-year program, replete with research and pilots, designed to fill that gap.
XCARCITY proposes a digital twin modelling system of ‘low car’ urban regions in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and Almere that enables real-time management and strategic planning of smart mobility services. It uses a classic feedback-control loop in which real-life and virtual reality data will be combined with model-based scenario development, implementation of interventions and monitoring and analyses. Scientific challenges that will be addressed are:
- How to measure the behaviour of individuals and flows while respecting privacy and security.
- How to develop smart mobility services that meet travel demands.
- How to assess the contribution to sustainable and inclusive accessibility.
Private and public stakeholders in XCARCITY will contribute smart mobility case studies, pilots and implementations in different car-low urban areas. The project output will enable mobility providers to offer cost-efficient mobility services, public authorities to develop a perspective of action on the physical, and digital infrastructure and consultancies and engineering companies to develop the right tools to support both the private and public sector.