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Cooperation to solve challenges connected to the digital infrastructure in cities

Suddenly the e-scooters entered the cities. A lot of people welcome this new mode of transport, but some are annoyed at scooters in the curbs and bike lanes. The cities and municipalities lack practical and legal tools enabling them to work proactively to control the development and there are questions to be answered about how they should collaborate with different stakeholders. It is these kinds of obstacles and challenges that will be identified in a new Drive Sweden project.
Människor i en trafikkorsning. Photo by Mikael Stenberg on Unsplash

"We are experiencing great expectations on us to offer a digital infrastructure that enables new types of transport solutions. At the same time, it is very unclear what our responsibility is in relation to other actors, both public and commercial, and what investments we should prioritize. Through this collaboration we want to find answers and solutions", says Sandra Viktor, project coordinator for mobility at City of Linköping.

"It is interesting with a project that focuses on obstacles and challenges regarding digital infrastructure identified by the municipalities. The role of state and municipal road managers in the future transport system requires collaboration both nationally and internationally. This project contributes to that", says Jonna Bäckström, investigator at the Swedish Transport Administration

"This project is a good example of how we at Drive Sweden in cooperation develop and create conditions for modern transport that is sustainable, safe and accessible to all. To go from technical pilots to implementation, new types of collaborations are required. Until now, there has been no forum focusing on implementation from the authorities' perspective", says Sofie Vennersten, program director at Drive Sweden.

About digital infrastructure

Digital infrastructure can be divided in hard and soft infrastructure. The hard infrastructure is of a physical nature like masts, cables, wires and sensors; things that transport data. The soft infrastructure is about regulations, standards and terminology and enables necessary data-sharing and is being used to improve services and functions in the transport system. An example:

This project targets different types of systems needed for services and functions to be working in a transport system with a higher degree of connected solutions, such as autonomous vehicles, charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, connected traffic signals, shared mobility services, geofencing, digital traffic regulations, delivery services and public transport.

Cooperation around cities digital infrastructure for future mobility” is a strategic project within Drive Sweden. Project partners are: The Swedish Transport Administration and the cities of Linköping, Lund, Gothenburg and Stockholm.

Read about the project here