Reggio Emilia’s territory is totally on a plain, being at the center of the Pianura Padana. The urban morphology does not present particular wireless communications problems, since the city is in prevalence in plain and buildings, in particular in the historical center, are not very high (mainly three floors).
Traffic in Reggio Emilia presents regular peaks of density during working days (morning 7-9; evening 17-19), with possible congestions as a consequence of roadworks and accidents on the A1 Motorway. When A1 is closed or over-congested, the traffic is deviated onto Reggio Emilia road network. Furthermore, the northern area of Reggio Emilia is characterized by high levels of heavy transport and in case of accidents or over-congestions the interregional traffic impacts on the local road network, in particular on Via Aemilia.
The testing activities in Reggio Emilia will be led by the Municipality of Reggio Emilia.
Public transport network in Reggio Emilia is well developed. All bus routes cross the city center; their density and the extension of the network achieve an acceptable territorial coverage (nearly 80% of residents live within 300m from a bus stop). Since the waiting times average 10, 20 or 30 minutes depending on the route, the frequency of the services should be improved.
The Reggio Emilia Municipality has entrusted ATC, the Local Agency for Mobility, to manage not only the bus network but also the parking areas. Most of the parking sites offer a payment service performed by means of mobile phone of automated number plate recognition. The following participating parking houses will be used for testing the parking reservation system:
Privé will provide two FEVs including the in-vehicle integration of the interfaces for the battery control unit, which will be utilised in the context of V2N messaging. One vehicle will be a Tazzari Zero EVO, a high performance FEV (two seats) produced with LiFePO4 cells and having a range greater than 100 km. It will be also geared with a special infotainment system based upon the Parrot Asteroid. The other car is a Citroen C0, a lightly modified version of Mitsubishi IMIEV. It’s a 4 seat car designed for urban mobility, having a range close to 130 km. This model has some high tech feature such as the Chademo protocol compliant the fast recharging capability.
There will be 6 re-charging spots mounted and managed by Privé, capable of delivering 3 kW maximum power, which will be used for the Reggio Emilia test site.
In addition, the Municipality of Reggio Emilia will equip 5 more electric vehicles: drivers of these FEVs will be provided with the nomadic device based solution developed in Mobility2.0. Such electric vehicles will be involved in the testing of the nomadic device based application – this amount of vehicles should be sufficient for testing the handling of all traffic constellations of interest within the test duration.