New: Virtual Mobility Lab for Barcelona

First in-depth multimodal model of Barcelona Metropolitan Area

Karlsruhe/Barcelona, January 18,2018. The Cooperative Automotive Research Network (CARNET) implemented a cutting-edge simulation environment for the Barcelona Metropolitan Area. The newly-established virtual mobility lab includes the offering of all public transport modes, as well as private vehicles and the updated demand for mobility. German technology delivered by PTV Group is the core technology for simulation and traffic modelling.

The Virtual Mobility Lab, a strategic project for CARNET, was presented and demonstrated at the Smart Cities Expo World Congress 2017. The aim was to show how it can analyse and assess the impact of smart mobility projects in Barcelona, and how the results can be extrapolated before the implementation of a pilot test. The new model will support those who make decisions on mobility policies, transport operators and new companies that are developing mobility alternatives and wish to assess them.

In one of the first tests, the Virtual Mobility Lab showed that the number of private vehicles on the streets of Barcelona could be reduced to 2,000 vehicles with the use of 500 on-demand shuttles, which would lead to a considerable improvement in traffic in the city and a reduction in pollution levels.

Jaume Barceló, strategic consultant at PTV as well as recognized emeritus professor and scientific director of the Technical University of Barcelona, explains: “The Virtual Mobility Lab is an ambitious project and a collaboration between the Faculty of Informatics of UPC, Volkswagen Research Group, Seat, PTV and Kineo Mobility Analytics. We supported the initative with a PTV Visum multimodal model of the First Crown of the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona. And we used our PTV MaaS Modeller tool in the virtual laboratory to create several scenarios in the city, as well as in selected areas of the First Crown, and to demonstrate the potential impact of Demand Responsive Transport services on the city”

The result is the first in-depth multimodal model of Barcelona Metropolitan Area, which includes the offering of all public transport modes, as well as private vehicles and the updated demand for mobility.

The research and innovation “hub” Cooperative Automotive Research Network (CARNET) was founded by the Technical University of Catalonia (UPC), Volkswagen Research Group and SEAT. PTV Group set up a subsidiary in Spain and joined CARNET as industrial partner in 2017. CARNET focuses on the future of automotive technologies and urban mobility. In December, the initiative won the “2017 National Prize of Public-Private Partnership on R&D” awarded by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation of the Catalan Government.

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CARNET aims to solve the challenges of urban mobility, and focuses on innovative technologies and new mobility concepts and needs, which arise from potential future urban lifestyles. In order to create new product solutions, CARNET wants to transform traditional concepts of the automotive product and technical development methods into cooperative approaches that bring together vehicle manufacturers, communities and potential service operators. CARNET’s general approach to urban mobility contributes to the vision of becoming a “lighthouse” region for the development and demonstration of future mobility technologies. www.carnet.barcelona

PTV. The Mind of Movement

PTV Group takes a holistic approach that integrates all aspects of traffic, transport and logistics to create and promote sustainable mobility. Recognised as global market leader, PTV develops intelligent software solutions for transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management. Thus cities, companies and people save time and money, enhance road safety and minimise the impact on the environment. Based on its unique expertise in every facet of mobility, PTV ensures that people and goods arrive at their destinations safe and sound, and on time.

More than 2,500 cities deploy PTV products. Trips and routes for over one million vehicles are planned with our software. The European transport model, which encompasses all passenger transport and freight movements in Europe, is developed using PTV software. We currently have more than 700 colleagues worldwide committed to driving the high performance of our products. PTV’s headquarters, located in the heart of the Karlsruhe technology region, house the company’s centre of development and innovation. From here, PTV plans and optimises everything that moves people and goods worldwide – it's the central idea which has accompanied the Group since its foundation in 1979.

The German company PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG is a member of PTV Group. www.ptvgroup.com

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PTV Visum model of Public Transport (Buses, Metro, Railways, Tramways) for project CARNET ©PTV


MaaS Modeller case study of Demand Responsive services in the Central Business District of Barcelona for CARNET ©PTV


Jaume Barceló, strategic advisor for PTV Iberia, supports the implementation of the new virtual mobility lab for Barcelona.