Challenge #1: Co-modal Coaching with support from virtual/avatar users (CCA)
The application uses an avatar (or you could say a virtual traveller) which performs the same trips as the app user, with the exception that it always selects the most efficient of all transport modes. In this way, the app users have a virtual coach to support them with their travel plans in real-time. In the end of each trip, the app further provides an easy overview to compare the actual trip with the virtual travel plan.
Challenge #2: Collaborative Public Transport Optimisation (CPTO)
Furthermore, the app analyses input from travellers that is transmitted via their smartphone (including positions, destination, departure time, selected bus route, etc.) and the real-time public transport timetables.
On the basis of this input, the system can optimise bus schedules in long and short term. For example, it can adapt routes based on traffic and accidents and add or skip bus stops. Furthermore, it provides information before and after the trip to the traveller. The result is a more flexible and better organised network in the city.
Challenge #3: Green, safe and collaborative driving, serious gaming and community building (SG-CB)
Feedback is provided in real-time about the current average and best performance, together with the individual performance via a specific gaming application, the SG-CB app. This is a TEAM meta-application which exploits data communicated by the other applications in order to support good user behaviour.
The application is available to the users as a smartphone app and helps promoting good travelling behaviour in the city of Trikala. It provides a contest environment where the users compete on the challenges mentioned before. For example, they may “win” points that can be redeemed for tickets and discounts.
How will collaborative travelling work in Trikala and who is going to be the eco-traveller of the month? Real-world rewards such as free access to Trikala pool premises and cinema club are foreseen for the winners of the Euro-Eco Challenge in the city of Trikala.
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