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Urban Platform for Advanced and Sustainable Mobility

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Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Smart mobility and services (SMO)
Transport policies
Societal/Economic issues,


Background & Policy context

One of the ways to enhance urban mobility conditions is to provide individuals and collective actors with accurate and detailed journey-time information for all their journeys and, in particular, those made by the private car. This information relies on real-time road traffic-flow measurements, which, up to now, are essentially based on infrastructure (magnetic loops or cameras). It is held that this real-time information is essential for actors when deciding between alternative transport modes in preparing a trip, and also in helping actors decide between alternative routes during the journey.


The PUMAS project aimed to develop a software platform for collecting and analysing road traffic information in real-time. The software platform was addressed to local Public Authorities (towns, cities, regions), so as to, using accurate and real-time vehicle speed and journey times, provided them with:

  • knowledge of real-time traffic conditions along urban and peripheral networks,
  • a precise tool for urban mobility decision-making,
  • an estimate of greenhouse and pollutant gas emissions, in real-time and throughout the area.

The PUMAS project is based on building four major conceptual and technical components: 

  • the reference point: the PUMAS Point
  • the journey-time information collector: the PUMAS Box
  • the virtual mailboxes: the PUMAS Spot
  • the modelling of the urban network using a journey-time approach: the PUMAS Server.


Other Programme
Interministerial funds, led by the French Ministry of Industry


The main outcomes of the PUMAS project were:

  • a more efficient management for travels in the agglomeration (less time wasted, consumption, energy, pollution, etc.);
  • a reduction of their environmental impacts;
  • incentives for the use of public transport by the provision to users of information enabling them to choose the fastest and lowest polluting mode of transport, during peak traffic;
  • reduced costs of investment and maintenance of the systems for the community, and therefore for taxpayers.



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