19 April 2023
As of today, the first traffic solutions within the Mobilidata program are live. It is about the personalized traffic notifications for slippery danger, person or animal on the road, cargo loss, accident or breakdown, road works and traffic jam tail ends. The solutions have been made widely available in Flanders. Anyone who connects to the ecosystem can use them and also improve them.
Focus on relevance and quality
Mobilidata is rolling out as many as 31 use cases over the next year with the goal of connecting all mobility actors to promote traffic safety and flow and reduce emissions. After months of implementation to the underlying system, the first use cases visible to the end user are live.
The implementation of the personalized traffic notifications is being done by Be-Mobile. Prior to delivery for the Mobilidata program, the already existing notifications were analyzed and optimized. For example, the tail end of a traffic jam alert has been greatly improved. The location of the tail end is continuously updated so that everyone always receives a traffic jam warning at a sufficient distance.
For now, Mobilidata's personalized traffic alerts only appear in the navigation apps Flitsmeister and NDrive. The information has been made widely available in Flanders, which means that other apps and stakeholders can join the ecosystem to make use of the use cases. Apps, in turn, share their users' feedback with Mobilidata, improving the quality and timing of notifications.
For the end user
As a road user, how do you enjoy these notifications? Download the Flitsmeister or NDrive app and navigate to a destination. If something happens on your route, you will be alerted in a timely manner. The app occasionally asks if a particular obstacle is still there. The more feedback provided, the more qualitative and relevant the alerts become.
For now, only notifications for slippery danger, person or animal on the road, cargo loss, accident or breakdown, road works and traffic jam tail ends are linked to the Mobilidata system. In the coming weeks, Mobilidata will continue to work with Be-Mobile and the apps on even more innovative use cases such as the optimization of intelligent traffic lights and the time-to-green display in the apps at intelligent intersections.
Urbanization is growing in densely populated Flanders, but due to a lack of available space, infrastructure cannot be built everywhere. Fortunately, the knowledge and technology related to sharing and managing smart data is expanding rapidly. By effectively organizing data from governments, market players and road users and enabling real-time, relevant information exchange between parties, Mobilidata helps improve traffic flow.
Public and private organizations are working together to create smart data systems and advanced apps to exchange this information. Mobilidata lays the foundation for service providers and developers to work with. Everyone using the system helps improve the quality of the data, which has the following effects: better air quality, faster communication and increased road safety.
Mobilidata is a program of the Flemish government, supported by imec and with financial support from Vlaio and CEF (Connecting Europe Facility). Mobilidata aims to make traffic in Flanders safer, smoother and more sustainable through innovative technological mobility solutions. The rollout of the Mobilidata CORE sub-project is being done by a consortium of companies led by Be-Mobile.