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(Music Works: SINEFIASMENI KIRIAKI Written by Vasilis Tsitsanis and TA OREA TOU TSITSANI Written by Vasilis Tsitsanis - Vasilis Tsitsanis published by Seed Point music publishing)
City overview: Trikala
Trikala is a medium-sized provincial city in the middle of Greece with a population of about 76 000, rising to approximately 100 000 if the suburbs and nearby villages are including. The city lies close to a highly touristic area of international importance, called Meteora. Trikala was the first digital city in Greece. It initiated its IT activity in 2002, when the idea for searching technological ways of servicing the citizens was born. In 2003, the municipality recruited employees in order for the "e-trikala office” to be formed, which took action on new broadband technologies over the next 5 years and led to the nomination of Trikala City as one of the 21 most intelligent communities worldwide by the Intelligent Community Forum three times in a row (2009, 2010, 2011).
Regarding mobility, the city has around 85 000 trips per day including both residents and visitors. The main points of congestion within the city are around the three bridges crossing the river that passes through the city centre. The city plans to transform the centre into a pedestrian area and to provide parking facilities around the edge of the city centre. Trikala is considering implementing an automated transport system to carry people between car parks, bus terminal and city centre. Elderly users going to the general hospital, to the local market and to other public services in the city centre will notably be targeted for this service. Trikala is considering the use of automated vehicles to carry people between the car parks and city centre. There are many other sites in Trikala that could potentially benefit from the introduction of automated transport systems.
Trikala's large-scale demonstration
The Greek City of Trikala is the site of the thirdlarge-scale demonstration. Between September 2015 and January 2016, a fleet ofsix Robosoft vehicles rides along a 2.5 km itinerary which is integrated in themain city road network including different traffic modes. This last large-scale demonstration wasparticularly interesting from a scientific point of view as automated shuttlesoperated in conditions really close to normal traffic conditions. Indeed, theRobosoft vehicles operated along with other road users, including car drivers,pedestrians and cyclists. However, it should be noted that the minibuses used adedicated lane. In total, the agency e-Trikala which was responsible for thedemonstration recorded almost 1,490 trips during the demonstration period.During this time, the vehicles covered more than 3,500 kilometres andtransported more than 12,000 passengers in the city centre.
Over summer 2015, the city authorities of Trikalaconstructed a dedicated newly-asphalted lane, installed a control centre andfinalised technical details, from traffic lights to the installation of roadsegregation equipment. The first Robosoft vehicles arrived in the city on June 2015for the initial tests in order to map the route and for the last preparations.In parallel, the Greek legal framework has been set up to enable theimplementation of the demonstration. The first two CityMobil2 vehicles receivedtheir plates on Monday 14 September 2015. Using special number plates, thedemonstration vehicles are insured and covered by National Law in operation.Greece is the first EU country to apply an early stage National Law forautomated transportation.