Significant breakthrough in intelligent transport development - One-stop
shop for transport services on the way
Drivers and other people on the move may soon have an increased range of
easy-to-use location based information services available on their smart
phones and other mobile devices, from a variety of service providers. VTT and
its corporate partners have developed the Vedia Multi-Service concept for
transport services and piloted its first applications. Vedia functions include
for example automatically finding the nearest parking space that the driver
can book and pay securely using a terminal device. Unlike most existing
transport services, the Vedia Multi-Service system is not device-specific. The
new system also enables charging based on actual use.
Location-based traffic information and user services have been around for some
time, but the services available have been fragmentary and tied to specific
devices. VTT brought together a strong group of Finnish service providers and
other intelligent transport operators to develop the device-independent Vedia
The Vedia concept allows the use of several interactive location based
information services on the same terminal device, whether a smart phone,
tablet or other mobile device. The idea of a Multi-Service is to create a
virtual one-stop shop where users have easy access to services through their
terminal devices while on the move – on foot, on public transport or in a car.
The Vedia pilot involves some 30 vehicles in the greater Helsinki area. They
are being used for testing basic Vedia features: kilometres driven, travel
analysed by road type, and emissions based on the vehicle ID data and emission
category. Initially, Vedia services will be offered to professionals. Examples
of services include automatically generated driving logs and travel reports,
as well as transport monitoring and control, and updated maintenance services.
Presentation video of the
Vedia Multi-Service concept (YouTube)
Consumer services will be added later. The Vedia Multi-Service will provide
drivers with real-time information on traffic congestion, slippery roads, the
best deals on petrol, and so on. The terminal device can also instruct the
driver on how to drive so as to conserve fuel and keep emissions low. When
approaching the city centre, the driver can use the service to find a free
parking space, and to book and pay for it. Arriving at the car park, the
driver can check public transport timetables and routes on a mobile device to
find the best way to get to work. Voice output will be developed to enable the
services to be used safely.
Vedia services will cater not just for the driver but for passengers, too, as
it will provide games, films and other entertainment services. Use of these
entertainment services will be recommended for the rear seats only, for safety
reasons. Vedia has several distinct advantages compared with existing systems.
Vedia will make high-quality and continuously updated services available in
any vehicle, through an easily installed vehicle device or mobile device.
Pre-installed vehicle systems are expensive, and advanced systems are only
available in high-end models. Moreover, they become obsolete as the car ages.
Vedia improves on existing satnav systems in that it can incorporate
interactive services, such as payment functions. Satnav systems provide little
information beyond route information, apart from the location of speed cameras
and real-time traffic information. The long-term aim for Vedia is that
vehicles and people on the move can be online all the time if they so wish,
accessing the services they require.
Vedia services are commercial solutions for which VTT and its corporate
partners have developed new business models, service networks and secure
payment functions. The ultimate aim is to develop Vedia and its tested
services into an exportable product. Vedia will also enable the use of new
kinds of insurance services and official services, and no separate version of
the system will need to be developed for this purpose. Any services that
require vehicle-specific identification can be accessed using a peripheral
registered for a specific vehicle.
Consumer privacy is of prime importance in the development of the
Multi-Service concept. The Vedia concept incorporates an agreement between the
customer and the service provider. The service provider may not use the
customer’s data for any other purpose than that specified in the agreement.
For example, the customer’s contact and location information are subject to
privacy and will not be disclosed to any third parties. Customers can check
the information on them in the system through a web interface, using their
Vedia Multi-Service concept web site
The Vedia Multi-Service platform was developed (in addition to VTT) by:
Media Mobile Nordic
Nokia Siemens Networks