Survey for the BlaBlaCar community

BlaBlaCar, as one of our partners within the CROWD4ROADS project, has launched a short survey for its online community about road transport sustainability, digital innovation, and further SmartRoadSense developments: it will help us to gather a better understanding of these issues and the interest of the community.

Please take a moment to answer the online survey! (In Italian.)

Explore RisorgiMarche with CROWD4ROADS and SmartRoadSense

Road quality is an essential factor for the social and economic development of any territory. Timely maintenance operations of the infrastructure are paramount and rely on up-to-date knowledge about road conditions. For years University of Urbino has been developing technologies that allow all drivers to contribute anonymously to the continuous collection of road quality data.

SmartRoadSense is a free mobile app that makes use of smartphone accelerometers to automatically detect road conditions, which contribute to an open road quality dataset and are shared through an online map. Through the European project CROWD4ROADS, Regione Marche, Regione Abruzzo, BlaBlaCar, Fundatia Satean (RO), Coventry University (UK), and Buckinghamshire Advantage (UK) have joined the efforts by University of Urbino.

RisorgiMarche is a festival that will be held in July 2018 in the Marche Region zones hit by the earthquake of 2016: musical and artistic events will give people the opportunity to get back to those heavily damaged areas, re-exploring their beauty and supporting the local population. CROWD4ROADS supports the RisorgiMarche initiative by pointing its online map to the locations of the event, pin-pointing upcoming events, and inviting all participants to use the SmartRoadSense mobile app and BlaBlaCar to reach the events. This will collect precious data on road conditions, thus allowing participants to further contribute to the recovery of the affected areas.

“We often speak about smart technologies, but to put smartness into a territory we need to rely on people and data”—says prof. Alessandro Bogliolo, coördinator of the project—“technology is but the instrument that allows it to share data and reach people. RisorgiMarche is a great opportunity to bring people back to extraordinary locations, which deserve to be known and lived, in the name of music and art. SmartRoadSense allows all participants to collect data that will be useful to take care of the territory and facilitate its renascence.”

In order to monitor the status of roads everywhere you simply need to install SmartRoadSense and remember to activate it as soon as you start driving. The application does not require further interactions and is compatible with any other use of the device (including phone calls and providing driving directions).

Join us at the DSI Fair 2018!

From the 6th to the 7th of June, we will be at the Digital Social Innovation Fair 2018. The event will be held at the Campidoglio in Rome and it will be a stimulating meeting point for several European CAPSSI projects, with interesting talks, round-tables, and panels about digital innovation, digital platforms, crowdsourcing, open data, and much more…

We, together with our CROWD4ROADS partners, will be chairing the “Collective intelligence and crowdsourcing for social good” workshop, 14:30–16:00 on Thursday 7th June.

Join us in Rome and don’t forget to register to the event (registration is free)!

CROWD4ROADS gets the “Premio PA Sostenibile” award

This morning we were at the convention center “La Nuvola” in Rome, to attend the PA Forum event on sustainable innovation for the Italian public administration as members of the CROWD4ROADS project.

Among a total of 258 projects, CROWD4ROADS was selected as one of the noteworthy initiatives for public administrations to meet the innovation and sustainbility goals established by the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Lorenz Cuno Klopfenstein proudly receives the award on behalf of the CROWD4ROADS project.

Read more…

New CROWD4ROADS promo video

We recently posted a new promo video of the CROWD4ROADS project, by Prof. Alessandro Bogliolo: the project aims at involving drivers and citizens in road transport sustainability, through the rationalization of vehicle utilization, thanks to carpooling, and the adoption of easy-to-use instruments for the continuous monitoring of road quality, such as SmartRoadSense.

Check out the video on Youtube below.

Developers, meet game designers

During the CROWD4ROADS project meeting in Coventry, UK, a group of hard-working game designers have delivered artworks and game design documents to the SmartRoadSense developers…

Developers looking extremely pleased.

The SmartRoadSense game is coming.

An appeal to car drivers

After the heavy damage to road infrastructure caused by the recent heavy snowfall in Italy, the University of Urbino has launched an appeal to car drivers and public transport operators to join in the effort of road quality monitoring by adopting SmartRoadSense. Accurate and up to date information can help directing maintenance and reconstruction efforts, which ensure better driving comfort and safety while also lowering overall road transport expenditure.

Pothole-hunting with an app

The online magazine “L’Automobile” by the Italian Automobile Club (ACI), just published a short overview of SmartRoadSense and the CROWD4ROADS project, highlighting how social innovation projects can have a large impact on communities and sustainability issues thanks to the contributions of a large number of citizens.

ACI, which is on the CROWD4ROADS advisory board, is currently planning a country-wide promotional campaign about road quality monitoring through SmartRoadSense.

SmartRoadSense @ Open Government Week 2018

SmartRoadSense is proud to be an active part of the Italian Open Government Week 2018! During this event, our project coordinator Prof. Alessandro Bogliolo is going to present the new OpenData API we released a few days ago.

This new SmartRoadSense feature will allow users to directly download sections of our continuously updated dataset in a simple way. Developers will be able to simply specify the coordinates of the region they are interested in and download the requested data section encoded in JSON.

More details in the webinar by Prof. Alessandro Bogliolo (in Italian) embedded below.