MOMENTUM: modeling emerging transport solutions in EU cities

On 1 May 2019, work began on the H2020 MOMENTUM project, led by la Empresa Municipal De Transportes (EMT) de Madrid. The team will develop a set of new data analysis methods, transport models and planning support tools that can capture the impact of disruptive technologies such as MaaS and CAVs. These emerging technologies are forcing radical changes on urban mobility and this three-year project, worth €2.9m, aims to support city authorities in the task of designing the right policy mix to exploit their full potential.


Aimsun will participate in three scientific-technical work packages:

  1. Identification of the main challenges raised by emerging transport services and how the state-of-the-art in data acquisition, transport models and decision support tools needs to be advanced to address such challenges;
  2. Development of supply and demand models of new transport services
  3. Design of the platform and APIs required to integrate the new demand and supply models developed in MOMENTUM into a transport simulation architecture/environment. The team will demonstrate and evaluate these developments through the implementation of Aimsun Next mobility modeling software in selected case studies.

The first step for the MOMENTUM team is to identify a set of plausible future scenarios for European cities over the next decade, factoring in disruptive technologies such as CAVs, and then identify emerging activity-travel patterns using data collected from personal mobile devices and digital sensors.


The team will then develop data-driven predictive models of the adoption and use of new mobility concepts, particularly MaaS and shared mobility, and their interaction with public transport.


The new data analysis methods and travel demand models developed by the project will help enhance existing state-of-the-art transport simulation tools, which will be then be used to test the impact of a variety of policies and innovative transport services across 4 similarly sized cities: Madrid (ES), Thessaloniki (GR), Leuven (BE), and Regensburg (DE), evaluating the contribution of the proposed measures to the strategic policy goals of each city.


After the test period, the team will provide guidelines for the practical use of the methods and tools delivered by the project to aid in the elaboration and implementation of sustainable urban mobility plans.


H2020 EU Research and Innovation programme

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