Macedonia has joined the international project SocialCar, a project that aims to tackle a range of problems, from pollution to reduction of transportation costs.
SocialCar is part of the Programme for Research and Innovation of the European Commission – Horizon 2020 and is fully funded by the European Union.
The idea behind the project is that through a mobile application users are able to share their transportation vehicle. The Macedonian market has already vozi.me up and running, a startup with similar approaches to riding sharing, however not many people seem to use it.
These applications already exist , but perhaps more important for citizens to acquire the habit to share transport.
“The”Social Car”, will give us means of transportation from one location to another by sharing our car with our neighbor, colleague, with people from the same neighborhood or organized joint travel in the same direction and time. This project can contribute to protect the environment, reduce pollution and reduce traffic congestion in our city, ” said Koce Trajanovski, the Mayor of Skopje.
The first phase of the project in Macedonia will be focused on market research, while further details will be revealed in the near future.
SocialCar is a research and innovation project that seeks to assimilate carpooling into existing mobility systems by means of powerful planning algorithms and integration of big data from public transport, carpooling and crowdsourcing.
The project unites ITS developers, social and economic scientists, transport engineers, carpoolers and public authorities from Italy, Greece, United Kingdom, Luxembourg, Poland, Switzerland, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Croatia, Slovenia, the Netherlands, Hungary, Spain, and Belgium.
Their mission is to design, develop, test and roll out a service that simplifies the travel experience of citizens in urban and peri-urban areas.
SocialCar will define data processing flows and design algorithms to match travel requests with the integrated public-private transport supply, complemented by a reputation-based mechanism.
The partnership will, furthermore, design the architectural and logical framework of the service by using open source software under the GNU General Public License. With all software modules integrated, SocialCar will be tested in 10 European sites.