New developments in smart mobility are arriving thick and fast. Vehicles are increasingly talking to each other on the road. Today, your car can park itself, tomorrow your car will be warned when the vehicle in front suddenly brakes sharply. And in the near future (between 2018 and 2022), a self-driving car will deliver you to your destination in complete comfort. Within the Beter Benutten Vervolg ITS program, the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment and twelve regions have been working together with market players for some time to facilitate and accelerate developments in smart mobility. The aims of this are to create shorter travelling times and more comfort for passengers, better accessibility and living conditions for regions in the Netherlands, and a more innovative attitude in business – great developments which we at AT Osborne are delighted to help deliver.
Smart mobility developments are complex and require the close cooperation of many parties. Using an innovative form of tendering, the Innovation Partnership, market players were challenged to come forwards and develop, test and implement innovative services. Three clusters of ITS services were set up: adjusting traffic lights (cluster 1), developing high-speed communication services where traffic-related data is collected and sent (cluster 2) and the development of innovative services for road users in the area of traffic information and route assistance (cluster 3). AT Osborne was commissioned by the ministry and the regions to lead cluster 3, and our knowledge of innovation, experience with different tendering procedures as well as previous projects in the area of mobility and ITS were particularly useful here.
Cluster driver Ineke Meyer made an important contribution to setting up the tendering elements (including a requirements catalogue and selection criteria). During the discussion phase, her role was to establish common ground between the authorities’ and businesses’ needs in order to create a tender document that offered added value to all parties. The selection process was completed and the market parties were chosen in the summer. Negotiations with the market parties then began on multi-year agreements (until the end of 2020). Implementation is due to start at the end of this year, and the hard work will really begin!