IMA - Intermodal Mobility Assistance for Megacities
Traffic in large cities is steadily increasing due to urbanization. Traditional mobility habits, which are primarily based on the use of own vehicles, quickly reach their limits due to traffic jams and a lack of parking spaces and become uninteresting due to rising fuel prices. In addition, noise and air pollutants affect the health of local residents and the greenhouse gases forces the global warming.
The goal of IMA was using highly innovative ICT and software solutions to provide suitable support for the intermodal planning and implementation of trips for a more efficient and environmentally friendly use of transport, in order to increase the quality of life in cities and to contribute to achieving the climate goals. Both with regard to the transport itself and with regard to the associated information services, there are currently only isolated solutions that do not allow intermodal linking of the services. For the spread of intermodal mobility solutions for large cities, this fragmentation of planning and use is a major obstacle that must be overcome.
As part of IMA, an open mobility platform was developed as a prototype, which various providers of transport and traffic-related information can connect to. This semantically processed information is linked to one another in order to generate individual mobility recommendations tailored to user preferences. These can be made available to the user in a multimodal manner. In the event of current traffic disruptions, which can also be determined using real-time traffic situation detection, or in the event of deviations from the route, he is informed via adapted recommendations. The use of ad hoc networks reduces the dependency on bandwidth and reliability of existing cellular services. With the aid of simulation methods, the effects of various infrastructure changes can be calculated based on the available traffic and user data. A key focus was also on ensuring data security and privacy.
Last but not least, the aim of the project was to strengthen the cooperation in research and development between German and Turkish scientists as well as economy. Building on this, it makes sense, for example, to evaluate the suitability for everyday use and transferability of the platform in follow-up projects using a field test in Istanbul.