Saclay, where the mobility of the future is experimented

Saclay, where the mobility of the future is experimented

Putting artificial intelligence at the service of more fluid and less carbon-intensive mobility: this is the objective of the MoveInSaclay programme.

More and more students, researchers, companies and even families are commuting to and from Saclay, Greater Paris science and innovation cluster.

Local economic players, namely the developer, local officials, industry groups (EDF, Dassault, Transdev, Renault, Nokia), institutional partners such as the University, CEA, Vedecom, and mobility service providers (Karos, Klaxit, Ouihop…) took the joint initiative to launch MoveInSaclay to ease transportation before the new metro (Grand Paris Express) better connects Paris-Saclay within the metropolis.

Innovative solutions for mobility

On the one side, MoveInSaclay federates mobility initiatives in Saclay. For instance, the launch of autonomous vehicles by Renault and Transdev last May on the urban campus; or the development of the multimodal navigator Viago! by Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines urban community to calculate routes in real time and integrate multimodal solutions (car-train, bicycle-bus, etc.). 

On the other side, MoveInSaclay is a new kind of application platform. Driven by public players, EPA Paris-Saclay land developer and local municipalities, the platform aims to offer every user, mobility choices that are efficient, adapted to his/her needs, and if possible, low-polluting.

Its “engine”, developed by Nokia Bell Labs, is fed by data of all kinds: cameras, counting loops, data provided by public transport operators or by users who have agreed to share – anonymously – their journeys in order to build up a detailed knowledge of mobility in Saclay. For trust sake, the system is supervised by local public authorities.

A view of mobilities in Saclay as part of the programme MoveInSaclay.

© DR

Programmes for change

Currently, the application has about 200 beta testers recruited from partner companies, such as EDF or Nokia,. About 40% travel by car, 40% by public transport and the rest by bicycle or carpool. For the time being, researchers are simply accumulating data. If necessary by launching mini-challenges with the help of local associations. Cyclists have been encouraged to use the application for their journeys, thus informing MoveinSaclay’s partners about the most frequently used routes.

Beta testers benefit from the monitoring of their mobility, with calculation of costs and carbon footprint. By the end of the year, they will be able to benefit from the very first “change programmes”: they will receive notifications adapted to the current climate and transport conditions. A pollution peak? MoveInSaclay will inform them and encourage them to use a car-sharing service or a bicycle. The next step is to propose programmes adapted to each person’s mobility and giving access to solution providers located in Saclay: carpooling, self-service bicycle sharing, etc.

The ambition is to attract a growing number of user and closely analyze the reactions of beta testers. In particular by linking up with the mobility plans of local companies. And by studying all forms of mobility in real time, it is also to make borders between modes disappear.

Originally published in Le Journal du Grand Paris (read French version here).