SOCRATES2.0 is a European project based on a cooperation of road authorities, service providers and car manufacturers. The partners explore and experience how you can set up public-private partnerships to enable new and improved traffic and navigation services.
Connecting traffic information
At this moment traffic data is collected by both road authorities and service providers. Increasingly cars and drivers themselves also produce essential traffic information. The partners in the Euopean project SOCRATES2.0 develop intelligent ways to collect, exchange, integrate and use traffic data throughout the complete value chain for traffic management and information services. With this data road authorities and service providers can provide smart and coordinated traffic management and navigation services.
SOCRATES2.0 stands for ‘System of Coordinated Roadside and Automotive Services for Traffic Efficiency and Safety’.
Developing the standards for the future of road mobility
SOCRATES2.0 promotes traffic management and navigaton services in mobile and in-car devices in Europe. For this purpose, the partners in this project developed a cooperation framework between road authorities, service providers and car industries, making use of newly developed business models which create a win-win-win for both public and private stakeholders and users. They also develop new data exchange protocols to provide technical solutions throughout the complete traffic management (value) chain. This way they are paving the way for large-scale deployment of self-driving cars.
Unique public-private cooperation
SOCRATES2.0 is expected to lead to better services for roadusers, more business opportunities for the private partners and a more cost-effective traffic management for the public authorities. Together they will improve car mobility by promoting cleaner, efficient and safe flow of traffic. Hence the SOCRATES2.0 pay-off: fast, safe and green.
Road users will directly benefit from the cooperation of road authorities, car manufacturers and service providers through information services with better routes, lane and speed advice and integrated, real-time information. The general public will benefit from improved safety and reduced pollution.
Service providers and the automotive industry can provide new and more accurate services to their customers. And it creates new business opportunities like new markets and services.
Road authorities/traffic centres will have improved monitoring and therefore can provide more accurate traffic management measures that will not only be available on road side information equipment, but will also be embedded in in-car navigation services. In the end this will lead to opportunities for cost reductions.