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SmartFleet Living Lab

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Geo-spatial type
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues


Background & Policy context

The rising demand of the population’s mobility needs, the ongoing integration process within the European Union, as well as the advanced globalisation trend of production processes and trade relations lead to a continuous increase in the traffic volume. Forecasts predict a rise in the freight traffic volume of 50 per cent and in the individual traffic volume of 30 per cent in Upper Austria until 2020. As a matter of-fact, the traffic demand cannot be managed in rush hours anymore.


The aim of this research project is to establish a reference region in form of a development platform called “SmartFleet LivingLab” in relation to the research field “Intelligent Transport Systems”. A long and close cooperation with predetermined fleet operators and individuals – the power users of the Upper Austrian country road network – as well as the country road infrastructure operator, the Office of the Upper Austrian Regional Government, is the primary objective within this project.


The availability of road-traffic real-time data is currently very limited. Besides conventional, road-sided and cross-section oriented traffic volume measurements, the mobile and section-related data capture becomes more and more important. These so called “floating car data (FCD)” offer the opportunity to consider vehicles as mobile sensors in the entire traffic, which transmit their position and their speed in order to detect the current traffic situation according to the vehicles’ movement patterns. Furthermore, modern on-board-units deliver additional real-time information (so called “extended floating car data – xFCD”) from the board computer, such as ambient temperatures, current fuel consumptions, etc.

The purpose of this project is the generation of real time-traffic information directly transmitted by vehicles, in order to gain information of potential traffic jams or of changing weather and road conditions (anytime and for the whole province), which should be useful for the vehicle drivers. Afterwards, new insights should be produced for innovative traffic management, traffic planning and traffic control measures (e.g. intelligent traffic light controls). This approach should allow the enhancement of the traffic jam problem in Upper Austria’s central region and other sensitive points, without investing in new infrastructure. 

The project team includes the University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria, RISC Software LLC, as well as Upper Austrian telematics providers, service organisations and businesses. This project is financed by financial resources from the Office of the Upper Austrian Regional Government. 


Funding Source
Upper Austrian Provincial Government


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EU Contribution
Partner Organisations
EU Contribution


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