NEWS - 2023/01/27

IMAGINEXT: Combining AI and Real-Time Data to Understand the Impact of Mobility Strategies on Air Quality

The IMAGINEXT Project will test its solution in the cities of Cartagena and Lindau

The IMAGINEXT project, co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility (an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union) and headed by the start-up HOPU, kicked off with a meeting taking place on the 26th of January. The project aims to learn how mobility strategies and sustainable transport measures impact air quality through the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI).

CARNET, in partnership with HOPU, the City of Cartagena, Fraunhofer, the City of Lindau, and PTV Group, will take a leading role in validating the Software as a Service (SaaS) solution created as part of the project, testing it, evaluating the results and studying its scalability in the market as part of the IMAGINEXT project.

As urbanization and population in urban areas increases, decarbonizing cities becomes a harder challenge. In this context, an unprecedented amount of urban traffic pollutants is generated in cities, and IMAGINEXT aims to validate a SaaS solution that utilizes AI to understand how specific mobility strategies and sustainable transport measures impact air quality.

The SaaS will be validated in two cities, Cartagena (Spain) and Lindau (Germany), so that the AI can start receiving information and learning based on the size and density of each city, among other characteristics. As such, IMAGINEXT will accelerate market opportunities for mobility decision-makers with the potential of implementing sustainable transport solutions which are known to be effective in improving cities’ air quality.

This testing will take place between June 2023 and September 2023. In both cities, sensors will be installed in order to measure air quality and with the final objective to unlock sustainable policies related to sustainable urban mobility knowing which are more effective. The IMAGINEXT project, which began on January 26th, aims to explore how different mobility strategies and sustainable transport measures impact air quality in order to improve livability in our cities and create healthier spaces for their citizens.