Making the case for a mobility innovation testbed in Varberg Municipality
|Coordinator||RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB - RISE ICT Viktoria|
|Funding from Vinnova||SEK 400 000|
|Project duration||November 2018 - May 2019|
|Venture||Testbäddar för samhällets utmaningar|
|Call||Testbäddar för samhällets utmaningar - förberedelseprojekt|
Purpose and goal
In order to stimulate new forms of city development, Varberg Municipality will investigate the economic and social benefits of establishing an emerging mobility testbed in the downtown area. We will make use of Varberg’s momentum to spark evolution of new mobility and digital services for modern city/societal planning. The city is planning an investment in an autonomous shuttle service to alleviate anticipated traffic congestion. Using this shuttle service as an anchor for the testbed, Varberg will engage in a number of mobility projects.
Expected results and effects
Varberg hopes technology developers will introduce and improve their mobility products, both digital and physical, in a real-world setting. The initiative will be used to develop a testbed where new knowledge and products will add value to actors of new mobility in city planning in Sweden and abroad. Locally, access to this testbed should spur innovation activity and commercial investment in the city of Varberg, offer residents greater mobility access and benefit local industry.
Planned approach and implementation
Project Management: Successful coordination of milestones and project goals. 2018-11-15 - 2019-06-15 Benchmark - Case Studies in Emerging Mobility Testbeds: Background information that focuses Activities 3, 4, and 5. 2018-11-15 - 2019-04-15 Local setup - Establishing the intake process and societal impacts. Plan for single contact, seamless intake process for using the testbed. 2019-01-15 - 2019-05-31 R&D setup - Industry and academic perspectives and needs. Roadmap of potential test projects that would utilize the testbed. 2018-11-15 - 2019-05-31