Sustainable mobility


Philipp Bolliger


May 11, 2010

Report due:

May 4, 2010 (First version)
May 25, 2010 (Camera ready version)


The availability of fast, reliable, and sustainable transportation systems is a key parameter to evaluate the quality of life of modern urban centers. Accordingly, the design, promotion and implementation of sustainable mobility policies are primary concerns for decision makers. In this context, researchers have identified several areas in which the introduction of technological innovation may help making transportation systems more efficient. For instance, providing real-time information to travelers may help them reducing their total travel time and, thus, their fuel consumption.

After providing an overview on the above mentioned areas of innovation, this talk will describe in detail vTrack, a system that relies on off-the-shelf mobile devices to provide travelers with real-time information about traffic conditions. vTrack users can optimize their travel routes on the fly thereby saving time, which is freed for more productive activities, and fuel. In describing the vTrack system we will particularly focus on the issue of localization and explore the trade-off between the accuracy of the retrieved location information and the energy spent to obtain it.

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ETH ZurichDistributed Systems Group
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