Back to normal: New interactive map of Italy shows the development of traffic after Covid-19 lockdown

82 % of the pre-Corona traffic has recovered

Rome, 6/12/2020. Empty streets, hardly any congestion – the coronavirus lockdown of the last weeks had an obvious impact on traffic. But how did the mobility behavior change with the loosening of the restrictions? Is traffic already on the way back to normal? A new nation-wide interactive map of Italy shows how traffic volume is changing again. It was realized by the software company PTV Group based on mobility insights by Teralytics. This can give important clues and back-up decisions for the mobility of the future.

The interactive map of Italy - available online mappa-mobilita.ptvgroup.io
 - clearly shows decision-makers and interested citizens the traffic development on the Italian road network. Users can compare the pre-Corona-traffic (from 18th of February), with the traffic volume in the lockdown phase (18th of March) as well as with the current traffic situation (9th of June).

The average traffic load during the Covid-19 lockdown was 70 % below “normal” traffic in mid-March. The biggest cities in the North of Italy were even down to 10% compared to the traffic before the crisis started.

However, the evaluation shows that traffic has now again largely increased: 82 % of the pre-Corona traffic has already recovered. In most rural areas and on most interurban roads, it is almost as high as it was before the lockdown. Only the roads near the borders are partly less frequented.

What is striking is that the centers of large cities such as Rome, Venice, and Milan, are still not very busy. There, the traffic volume is still around 50% or less which could have something to do with the fact that many people still work remotely or use their bicycle more often.

The visualization is a joint project of PTV Group and Teralytics. The Swiss company analyses aggregated and anonymized mobile signal data worldwide providing mobility insights to transportation planners and providers. The experts of PTV further process these flows of movements and visualize traffic on digital maps.

More than 2,500 cities already deploy PTV products. The software company is experi-enced in the processing of huge data amounts and combines information from different data sources, like mobile phone data from Teralytics, with intelligent algorithms. This allows the analysis of different modes of transport, from cars and trucks to public transport.

“Data-driven mobility visualizations are a strong tool in decision-making processes for future mobility and infrastructure measures. Authorities and traffic planners not only receive detailed and meaningful figures on traffic volumes and the impact on the road network. Our tools also help to test and evaluate different traffic-related issues in advance and thus plan ahead,” explains Frédéric Reutenauer, PTV Regional Managing Director for Southern Europe.

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 approximately 900 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 PTV business is managed worldwide in six regions: Nordics, Central and Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, MENA (Middle East, Africa, India), Asia Pacific, Americas.

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The interactive digital map of Italy shows the development of traffic after Covid-19 lockdown.