Current optimization based route finders for road travel and journey planners for public transportation have become indispensable tools for modern enterprises and citizens. They contribute to more efficient and predictable travel and better use of transportation infrastructure. However, they neither react to dynamic changes in traffic, nor consider all relevant ways of travel from door to door. An increasing number of organizations in industry and the public sectors implement and utilize optimization based software tools for vehicle routing, optimizing the operation of a fleet of vehicles to serve customers, with substantial improvements. Vehicle routing tools of today have no capabilities for handling dynamic changes in traffic, virtually no functions for reactive plan maintenance, and they are primarily used by large organizations.
In the DynamITe competence project, the main goal is to develop the methods and knowledge needed as the basis for a novel transportation planning technology that is able to utilize real-time information immediately. Our long-term vision is a user-friendly ITS technology for planning, available to virtually anyone, that is based on a "live", up-to-date representation of the current situation, and with updated prognoses.
The expected competence from DynamITe is a necessary basis for needed innovations in dynamic transportation planning technology that will enable novel transportation services, lead to more efficient use of transportation infrastructure, encourage increased use of public transportation, and induce lower transportation costs for enterprises and the public.