Freight transport can negatively influence urban areas and space use by causing congestion, emissions and noise pollution.
Cities and logistic operators face challenges in mitigating those issues. For instance, cities lack reliable data on the curb and logistics, resulting in inefficient planning and unreliable access to the curb to logistic operators. According to this, how logistic providers use the curbside becomes crucial, intending to transform it into valuable space.
Co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility, FlexCurb aims to transform the curbside through flexible use and management. It will provide cities with tools to enhance planning with better data, offer only the parking needed, minimize double parking and improve street safety and land use. It will also equip logistics operators with access to up-to-date digitized parking rules and regulations, availability of curb information, and reliable access to parking areas.
The project will develop and test two digital curb solutions to enable the transformation of the curbside: the FlexCurb Planning Platform and the FlexCurb Driver App. Targeting cities, the FlexCurb Planning Platform provides the digitalization of the curb and its regulations. For the logistic operators, the FlexCurb Driver App will be a mobile application for drivers to check park regulations and plan their parking needs on the go.
Additionally, the project will assess the needs of cities and logistic providers, allowing a later, more efficient, and more straightforward adoption process for cities beyond the project.
The POLIS members, Leuven and Toulouse, and the cities of Funchal and Strasbourg will be the project "Living Lab" to implement and test the solutions. Together with POLIS, the technical partners are CTAG, Urban Radar, CARNET, the University of Ghent, and FIT Consulting.