MODLE – Mobility on Demand Laboratory Environment
MODLE will develop, test, and refine a new transport service that combines the convenience of point-to-point journeys with the environmental and cost benefits of shared use. Think of it as a taxi-bus, intelligently routed by real-time and predicted demand.
The service is targeting commuters in single occupancy vehicles travelling in North Bristol, areas dogged by the worst traffic speeds in mainland UK and intense competition for parking space. And, in so doing, it will provide an attractive last-mile solution that complements and augments the use of existing public transport services into the area.
The service will also explore the use of new business models to ensure that it is competitively priced at point of use and sustainable in the long-term. This project builds on a detailed feasibility study conducted in 2014.
REPLICATE aims to increase the quality of life for citizens across Europe by demonstrating the impact of innovative technologies used to co-create smart city services with citizens, and prove the optimal process for replicating successes within cities and across cities.
Esoterix are developing demand responsive transport for the project area. Passengers will book or modify journeys via a website, smartphone app or text, and monitor the real-time progress of their vehicle on an online map and receive an alert when their vehicle is a few minutes away.
Esoterix was a partner with Responsive Transport Technologies on the SEND-TO project, which received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration through the frontierCities accelerator programme (grant agreement no. 632853) under the sub-grant agreement no.014.
This project has led to the formation of QRoutes.co.uk