22 July, 2019
Smart Mobility is already a reality and artificial intelligence is leading the transformation
The demand for public transport is growing but there is still a lack of information. In a previous post we talked about improving the quality of public transport, so today we’ll focus on the use of Artificial Intelligence in Public Transport.
Although this is a key information to plan an efficient service, normally the demand of passengers is unknown and the data is still collected in a very traditional way: through house surveys, questionnaires on board or manually. In addition, these are specific studies that only represent a snapshot of a specific moment, while the demand is much more varied and fluctuates.
This lack of alignment with the real needs of users causes crowds and long waiting times. The results are costly and damage users’ satisfaction.
At Counterest, we believe in decisions based on reliable data for an intelligent management of Public Transport and Urban Mobility.
What role does Artificial Intelligence play in Public Transport?
Public transport requires a model that a feeds back on itself. What is happening must affect what we are doing and, for this, we need to measure the demand in real time.
In this public transport model, there are 3 re-circulations:
1. Operations: It’s a short cycle, which can happen every 10 minutes. According to the occupation, correction measures can be taken in real time.
2. Planning: In the medium and long term, you can evaluate the effectiveness and what changes to carry out in frequency and routes planning to optimize the supply/demand fit.
3. Demand: Offering information to the user in real time allows him to plan his journey, so the demand is self-managed.
Artificial Intelligence allows us to perform this measurement in real time, for what we believe will be the key to intelligent mobility revolution.