The project

“SIMPLI-CITY – The Road User Information System of the Future” fosters the usage of full-fledged road user information systems – helping drivers to make their journey safer, more comfortable, and more environmentally friendly.

Therefore a holistic framework was needed which structured and bundled potential services that could have delivered data from the various sources to road user information systems as well as have allowed road users to make use of the data and to integrate it into their driving experience.

Thus, by providing such a framework, SIMPLI-CITY facilitated two main RTD results:

  • A next-generation European wide service platform allowing the creation of mobility-related services as well as creation of corresponding apps. This enabled third party providers to create a wide range of interoperable, value-added services, and applications for drivers and other road users.
  • An end user assistant allowing road users to make use of the information provided by applications and to interact with them in a non-distracting way – based on a speech recognition approach.

To reach these results, SIMPLI-CITY  defined tools and approaches in following areas:

  • Adding a “software layer” to the hardware driven “product” mobility, analogously to the “App-Approach. Thereby, the project supports third party developers to efficiently realise and sell their mobility-related service ideas by a range of methods and tools, including the Mobility Services and Application Marketplaces.
  • Delivering a Mobility Service Framework as the foundation for all services and end user applications facilitated by the project. Based on the latest developments in Service-oriented Computing, the framework introduces mobility-specific extensions allowing service invocation on different mobile devices whilst considering connectivity quality and other context-related information.
  • Following the Mobility-related Data as a Service approach allowing data from sensors, cooperative systems, telematics, open data repositories, user-centric sensing, and media data streams to be modelled, accessed, and integrated in a unified way. The Mobility-related Data as a Service approach of SIMPLI-CITY goes far beyond the current possibilities to exploit data in common apps: It enables service developers to easily integrate data coming from arbitrary, technologically heterogeneous sources.
  • The elaboration of the SIMPLI-CITY Personal Mobility Assistant (PMA). This PMA allows end users to interact with services in an intuitive, non-distracting way. The PMA is a voice-based, multimodal user interface and execution environment. It allows application interaction without distracting the potential users, notably drivers, in a much more convenient and precise way than current solutions are able to do. New applications can be integrated into the PMA in order to extent its functionalities for individual needs.

While SIMPLI-CITY enables a wide range of mobility-related services, the project presented its real-world application in two dedicated use cases:

  • The “Meeting the Increased Mobility Demand” use case showed how SIMPLI-CITY helps users in their journeys to big events and also provides the innovative topic “personalised traffic restrictions”.
  • The “Enhancing the Driving Experience” use case focused especially on the enhancement of environmental friendliness using services developed in SIMPLI-CITY as well as dedicated comfort and leisure services like media streaming.

To ensure the achievement of all project goals the consortium provided world-leading expertise in Service-oriented Computing, Mobility and Transport, Data Integration, Mobile Computing, Vehicle Telematics, and Voice-based Multimodal User Interfaces. The project was coordinated by the Vienna University of Technology. To find out more about the project partners click here.

Concise information about the SIMPLI-CITY project can be found in the SIMPLI-CITY Project Fact-Sheet.