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City Alternative Transport System

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete with results
Total project cost
€3 965 705
EU Contribution
€2 970 245
Project website
Project Acronym
CATS
STRIA Roadmaps
Smart mobility and services (SMO)
Transport mode
Road icon
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues
Transport sectors
Passenger transport

Overview

Call for proposal
FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

CATS set out to provide a new service for more efficient mobility in cities through a more balanced use of small clean vehicles and mass transport. This inclusive new transport system will be well adapted to the needs of people with reduced mobility, young passengers and tourists.

The CATS Project set out to contribute mainly to the EU-27 and 'zero accident' vision as well as to significant improvement of efficiency of the urban transport systems. Its results, integrated with other new innovations in the field of Cybernetic Transportation Systems (CTS) intended to bring a radical change in urban transportation. These environmentally friendly systems have the feasible potential of improving the current situations drastically, by offering solutions to the problems encountered today. They will yield much more effective organisation in terms of urban mobility, congestion and air pollution, noise, CO2 emissions, accessibility and safety. The outcome will be a higher quality of living and an enhanced integration with the spatial and societal developments.

Objectives

CATS aim was the full development and experimentation of a new urban transport service based on a new generation of vehicle. Its major innovation is the utilisation of a single type of vehicle for two different uses: individual use or semi collective transport. This new transport service is aimed at filling the gap between public mass transport and private individual vehicles.

It is based on two operating principles: the self service concept where small and clean urban vehicles are offered on a short term rental basis and the flexible shuttle service where a variable length of vehicles convoy, driven by a professional driver, operates at fixed hours along a line on a permanent basis or on a case by case basis. Both of these principles are integrated in a single service (composed of vehicles and stations) called Cristal.

The CATS Project set out to yield the following impacts:

  • Drastic reduction of energy dependency, pollutants and carbon dioxide emissions,
  • Technological progress,
  • Improvement of the urban mobility offer with substantial gain of time and comfort for travel, and
  • Improvement of the urban quality of life.
Methodology

CATS, based on the CRISTAL technology and system design and demonstration, developed an innovative strategy to test and introduce a clean urban transport system in three selected sites in the cities partners.

The project mainly focused on the following actions:

  • To demonstrate that both Cristal system and the classic public transport network are complementary,
  • To test all issues linked to station design and vehicle running in terms of urban integration, accessibility and environmental neutral effect of the system,
  • To implement and to exploit services and innovative applications.

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
The European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
FP7-TRANSPORT
Other Programme
FP7-SST-2008-RTD-1

Results

Clean, green and innovative transport solutions for cities

A new breed of urban public transport could fill the gap between mass and private transit options. An EU initiative introduced a novel urban transport system based on a new generation of vehicle.

The EU-funded http://www.parc-innovation-strasbourg.eu/index.php/CATS-Project/welcome-on-cats-webpage.html (CATS) (City alternative transport system) project represented the final stages of development of a new generation of city transport vehicles known as Cristal. The Cristal system consists of small mobility units (vehicles) that can serve two purposes.

The first service is a self-service option whereby users can rent a clean urban vehicle over a short term. The second is a flexible service with a professional driver to shuttle users along a line at fixed time intervals.

Three European cities (Strasbourg (France), Formello (Italy) and Ploiesti (Romania)) were studied to determine their suitability for testing the vehicles. Project partners drew on the insights of transportation systems manufacturers, researchers, service providers and end users across Europe and Israel.

As Cristal vehicles could not be made available in time, other innovative vehicles were selected to be tested during the second phase of the project. NAVIA autonomous vehicle was chosen due to its similitudes with the Cristal system in terms of capacity and operation principles. The lack of driver brought a new challenge to the project.

Demonstrations were carried out over a six-month period in Strasbourg and later in Lausanne. Following testing, the team gathered data to assess system performance and user acceptance of innovative technologies. They also studied the impact on mobility, acceptance, environment, transport patterns accessibility and attitudes towards alternative transport systems.

Findings showed that the system would best serve people with reduced mobility, young passengers and tourists. To reach a wider audience, outcomes were presented at a showcase in Ploiesti to improve citizen awareness of innovative transport systems.

CATS helped test and introduce clean and innovative urban transport systems in cities. Ultimately, it will enhance urban mobility, accessibility and safety while reducing congestion, noise and carbon dioxide emissions.

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Gea J-M. Vallotton Et T. Chanard Sa
Address
Rue de bourg 28, 1001 LAUSANNE, Switzerland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€705 699
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Institut National De Recherche En Informatique Et Automatique
Address
Domaine de Voluceau- Rocquencourt, B.P. 105 LE CHESNAY, France
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€247 676
Organisation
Induct Sas
Address
Chemin De Ronde 103, 78290 Croissy Sur Seine, France
EU Contribution
€234 334
Organisation
Eurometropole De Strasbourg
Address
1 PARC DE L'ETOILE, 67076 STRASBOURG CEDEX, France
EU Contribution
€124 002
Organisation
Ploiesti City Hall
Address
REPUBLICII NO 24, 100066 PLOIESTI, Romania
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€41 640
Organisation
Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale De Lausanne
Address
Batiment Ce 3316 Station 1, 1015 LAUSANNE, Switzerland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€324 800
Organisation
Agenzia Regionale Per La Mobilita Del Lazio
Address
via del Pescaccio 96/98, 00166 ROMA, Italy
EU Contribution
€98 305
Organisation
Lohr Industrie
Address
rue du 14 juillet 29, 67980 Hangenbieten, France
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€410 116
Organisation
Europe Recherche Transport
Address
AVENUE FRANCOIS MITTERRAND 25, 69675 BRON, France
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€0
Organisation
Technion - Israel Institute Of Technology
Address
Senate Building Technion City, Haifa 32000, Israel
EU Contribution
€14 300 000
Organisation
Technion - Israel Institute Of Technology
Address
Senate Building Technion City, Haifa 32000, Israel
EU Contribution
€181 905
Organisation
Institut Francais Des Sciences Et Technologies Des Transports, De L'amenagement Et Des Reseaux
Address
2, Avenue Du General Malleret-Joinville, 94114 Arcueil, France
EU Contribution
€221 600
Organisation
Universita Degli Studi Di Roma "la Sapienza"
Address
Piazzale Aldo Moro 5, 00185 ROMA, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€380 168

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