Better Accessible Transport to Encourage Robust Intermodal Enterprise
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Dr John Harrison
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BATTERIE - objectives
• Deliver a web-based journey-planning tool to facilitate
intermodal journeys across the Atlantic Area maximising
the use of smart technology and alternative fuels
• Establish a ‘journey’ through all of the regions, to test
smart technologies and alternative fuels and more
importantly to test how these provide an easy transition
between modes of transport.
• Demonstrate best practice in making the smart
technologies and various fuel sources available.
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Deliverable 1:
“Deliver a web-based journeyplanning tool to facilitate intermodal
journeys across the Atlantic Area
maximising the use of smart
technology and alternative fuels.”
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Research and Identification of components
Online research has been carried out into all of the existing journey
planners; walk & cycle route planners; public transport planners
Although most existing Journey planners have good functionality
and some impressive features that would be relevant to BATTERIE
No planner uses these features together effectively enough to
detach itself from the competition
The following are the main features which were found which can
be incorporated within one planner to become dominant in its area
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Survey and findings
During a recent survey between partners, the following results where found:
The main characteristics of planning a journey are:
CO2 emissions
The most important factors highlighted for a user to effectively
plan a journey is the time taken for a journey and the cost.
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Survey and findings
In terms of what the journey planner should be able to do for the
end user, we found:
That all transport forms should be taken into consideration to provide a
truly intermodal journey planner.
Real time information should be provided for public transport such as
arrival time of buses which would change depending on delays.
Location and information on cycling rental stations should be provided.
Different criteria should be available to combine and compare e.g. time
against co2 emissions or co2 emissions against cost.
Journey planner should provide efficient and consistent service across
all regions.
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CO2 emission calculator
This can be used to calculate the CO2 saved by low
carbon transportation as opposed to regular vehicles
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Calculation of elevation along route
Many cycle or walking route planners
allow users to calculate the varying
elevation levels along the route.
This feature allows you to scan over
the elevation index to see what
distance into the journey each point is.
In BATTERIE a feature like this will be
necessary for users due to the effect
going uphill will have on the charge of
a vehicle
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Real Time Data: eg. Live traffic reports
Important for :
Factoring in delays into your
Impact that can have on next leg of
For EV’s my impact whether or not
you get to the next charging point
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Ability to select from variety of routes
These options will include the quickest
route, the quietest route or the route
covering the least amount of distance.
This feature can be tailored for BATTERIE
e.g. offering users the choice to avoid
traffic, go a longer distance around high
elevations etc.
More freedom to decide how to plan
their trip
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Let the user compare the different route options simultaneously in real time
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Intermodal Transport – The Platform
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Intermodal Transport– The Future
In certain areas, "multimodal" transportation is already a
reality. In cities people walk, take the subway, grab taxi, and
walk some more.
Now we're seeing the beginning of what's called intelligent
multimodal transportation.
Smart phones allow us to instantly rent a bike, instantly car
share with someone just a mile up the road, find out exactly
when the bus is coming bus.
You will not phone a taxi any more you will hit a button on
your phone
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Future outlook for BATTERIE
Better Planning
Suitable Platform
All Transport
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Future outlook for BATTERIE
When the fully functioning journey planner is up and running we will be moving
onto communications between the journey planner and the charging posts. We
look for this ability to provide information such as the energy consumption of
the post on a daily basis and the availability of the charging post.
We would also aim to be looking into the ability to reserve charging posts
through an online booking system. This will improve the ability of our journey
planner to provide more exact times of departure and arrival and mean the user
can plan a route more precisely than they would have done without the ability
to reserve. If this becomes unique to BATTERIE, it will ensure a large user base.
The next step for BATTERIE will be looking at the intermodal side of things and
ensuring that users can plan a journey taking into account public transport.

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