November, 2021

Watch our latest LEVITATE webinar on Policy interventions 

This LEVITATE webinar provided insights on the potential impacts of introducing policy measures related to on-street parking repurposing (driving or cycle lane, public space or pick-up/drop off), road-user pricing and dedicated CAV lanes. These policy interventions have been assessed using realistic traffic models (Manchester and Leicester) in terms of their impacts on traffic (delay and travel time), the environment (CO2, NOx, and PM) and road safety. A variety of traffic assessment methods have been used including micro and mesoscopic simulation, systems dynamics, and Delphi. A fully calibrated traffic model for Vienna was also presented.
The LEVITATE webinar ‘Policy interventions’ took place on 18 October 2021. Listen to researchers from Loughborough University and the Austrian Institute of Technology.

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Register for the next LEVITATE webinar on Automated road transport – impact assessment methodologies 

LEVITATE studied 3 use cases: automated urban transport, the automated passenger cars and the automated freight transport. In terms of the automated urban transport use case two sub-use cases were studied. The point-to-point automated urban shuttle service (AUSS) and the on-demand AUSS that were formulated after an extensive literature review and a Stakeholders reference group workshop.

During this webinar between 10:00-11:30 CET, 23 November, we would like to discuss with you the impact assessment methodologies used and the results that occurred regarding the automated urban transport sub-use cases. Several partners will present their findings including National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), Loughborough University (LOUGH) and the Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT).

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LEVITATE at ITS World Congress

LEVITATE has been part of the ITS World Congress exhibition together with other automation EU projects (Dynaxibility and PAV) as part of the POLIS stand. Besides the exhibition, LEVITATE’s Policy Support Tool has been presented during the session on Autonomous vehicles by Apostolos Ziakopoulos (NTUA). 

LEVITATE and its Policy Support Tool at ECOMM 2021 

LEVITATE gave a presentation during ECOMM 2021 online edition with a title: “Policy support tool to enhance the preparedness for a future with increasing levels of automated vehicles” to present the progress on the development of the project’s final deliverable. 

LEVITATE at POLIS Conference 2021 

LEVITATE will be present at POLIS Conference (1-2 December 2021) in Gothenburg to give a presentation and to be part of the Conference exhibition to showcase the demo of its Policy Support Tool and meet with local and regional authorities to exchange interests. 

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The LEVITATE project develops methods to forecast societal level impacts of connected and automated transport (CATs). This includes the impact of CATs on safety, the environment, the economy and society.

Launched in December 2018, LEVITATE is a 3-year project led by Loughborough University whose main output will be a policy support tool (PST) to help local authorities forecast the impacts of automated vehicles over the short, medium and long-term. The PST will also contain a back-casting tool providing guidance to local authorities on the measures to implement to achieve desired outcomes against a backdrop of increasing vehicle automation.

LEVITATE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824361.

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