On Friday January 27th Connecting Mobility, TNO and TU Delft have launched and demonstrated the first prototype of SimSmartMobility. 19 partners have also signed a declaration of intent for ongoing development of the prototype. SimSmartMobility is the only simulation platform of its kind anywhere in the world, enabling the simulation of livability, safety and accessibility effects of innovative mobility solutions. The prototype was developed by the three initiators during the past six months.
Two different Smart Mobility services are currently programmed into the prototype of SimSmartMobility. How exactly these services impact accessibility and livability is being simulated. The collaborative parties will continue to develop the platform in the coming period – for example, by adding new Smart Mobility services, linking new models and improving the presentation of the simulation. Parties interested in using the platform, such as BEREIK! and the Province of Noord-Brabant, have expressed their intention to explore potential collaboration, e.g. by introducing concrete mobility queries. These queries will be used for the first round of simulations. The simulated Smart Mobility services will subsequently be made available to other parties requiring answers to mobility questions. The platform is thus enhanced through the addition of each question and the introduction of each model and service.
The potential of SimSmartMobility has been highlighted on January 27th when another 19 parties joined the initiative and committed to the on-going development of the platform. During the #SmartTogether festival in Ede, close to 20 organisations signed a declaration of intent outlining their plans. The parties are all keen to contribute to accelerating the development of (domestic and international) Smart Mobility services and products, as well as to strengthening the position of the Netherlands as forerunner in the field. The parties acknowledge that stimulating Smart Mobility services will facilitate faster and more targeted learning in all field tests, while also being aware that Smart Mobility policy decisions need to be based on well-founded assessments and predictions. Well-considered and targeted investment in Smart Mobility will ultimately help to effectively prepare the mobility system in the Netherlands for the future. This development also represents an opportunity for Dutch market parties and research institutions to launch their expertise in this field on the international stage.
Initiators and TASS International about SimSmartMobility
Marja van Strien (Connecting Mobility): “Simulations enable advance insight into the effects of Smart Mobility applications. And this helps policymakers, administrators and professionals to make informed decisions regarding policy and investment”.
Leo Kusters (TNO): “SimSmartMobility allows us to explore numerous different scenarios associated with the application of measures and services. It makes concrete effects on traffic tangible, which in turn offers insights into well-informed alternative approaches for day-to-day application”.
Hans van Lint (TU Delft): “There is still so much to discover when it comes to the effects of Smart Mobility. The expertise we gain is now being put to work in the simulation platform: a unique tool for road maintenance authorities and the industry. SimSmartMobility represents a fantastic leap forward, and is the only platform of its kind anywhere in the world”.
Gwen van Vugt (TASS International): “SimSmartMobility enables to assess the impact of technologies on a network level in an early stage of the development process and therefore supports smart design choices at vehicle level. This is a perfect match with the products and services of TASS International for developing safe, cooperative and automated vehicles”.