Supporting Smarter Mobility

Intelligent road pricing proves useful in directing change and mobility behaviour

In 2010 a consortium of companies including IBM, NXP, Mobistar, Touring, Transport & Mobility Leuven and MagicView introduced technology that enables national, regional or local government to guide their mobility policy. In September 2011 a trial began in conjunction with the City of Leuven to test the technology's feasibility. The trial consisted of three parts: a period of benchmarking; the actual test in which drivers were fictively charged for the use of their car; and a follow-up phase. A total of 11 000 trips were made and nearly 100 000 km travelled. During the actual test, there was a definite change in the mobility behaviour of the test persons. Extrapolating, the trial suggests road pricing can lessen the frequency and intensity of traffic jams in and around Leuven. The test results are in accordance with the city's mobility policy and prove that "smart mobility' can guide the mobility of a city. The trial also demonstrated the maturity and reliability of the technology used. TML's contribution to the consortium was constructing the solid support on which the road charging tariffs could be based, as well as the setup and analysis of the entire behavioural experiment.



scientific article

  • 2012, Sven Maerivoet wrote a scientific article 'A Field Trial on Smart Mobility' for ScienceDirect, Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences 54 (2012) 926 - 935 (pdf)

presentations & posters

  • Poster at the Transportation Research Arena (TRA2014): A behavioural experiment on intelligent road user charging , 14-17 March 2014
  • A Field Trial on Smart Mobility in the Testbed Leuven, the International Road User Charging Conference in Brussels, 6 March 2013 (pdf)
  • A Field Trial for Smart Mobility, the ITS World Congress in Vienna, 26 October 2012 (pdf)
  • 5 October 2012, Sven Maerivoet gave, together with Louis Buelens, a lecture about 'Road Pricing in an Urban Environment' at the ITS Belgium Congress 2012 (pdf)
  • Slimme kilometerheffing in de proeftuin Leuven, Verkeersgedragdag TNO, the Netherlands, 4 April 2012 (pdf)
  • Slimme kilometerheffing in de proeftuin Leuven, Hearing Flemish Parliament, Commission Mobility and Public Works, Brussels, 22 March 2012, presentation (pdf) and report Commission (pdf)
  • Slimme kilometerheffing in de proeftuin Leuven, Mobiliteitsbeheer vandaag en morgen, Leuven.Inc & VeroTech seminar, Haasrode, 21 March 2012 (pdf)
  • Proeftuin Leuven: Voorstelling opzet en resultaten, Kabinet Grouwels, Brussels, 2 March 2012 (pdf)
  • Slimme mobiliteit in de Proeftuin Leuven: Press presentation, Stadskantoor Leuven, 15 February 2012 (presentation - press release)
  • Proeftuin Leuven: Presentation of results, Stadskantoor Leuven, 31 January 2012 (pdf)
  • Slimme mobiliteit in de Proeftuin Leuven, VOKA, 9 April 2011 (pdf)
  • 'Ondersteuning bij slimme mobiliteit, Een technologisch innovatieve oplossing voor rekeningrijden, eCall en andere diensten', press folder for the ITS Belgium Congress, 21 October 2010 (pdf, pdf with pictures)
  • Testbed Smart Mobility Live in Leuven, product launch service road charging at the ITS Belgium Congress, 21 October 2010 (pdf)
  • Smart Mobility in the City of Leuven, presentation for Australia's National Transportation Council, 7 July 2010 (pdf)
  • Smart Mobility in the City of Leuven, IBM Smarter Planet Week, 2 June 2010 (pdf)
  • Een variabele prijszetting voor weggebruik in Leuven, presentation for the city of Leuven, 14 January 2010 (pdf)

press articles

Pers presentation final results (15/02/2012) - all articles are in Dutch

Showcase road charging and eCall (21/04/2010)

  • Technologie voor rekeningrijden is klaar, De Standaard, 22 April 2010
  • Rekeningrijden, Radio 1, De Ochtend, 22 April 2010
  • Proefproject in Leuven rond slim rijden, VTM, Het Nieuws, 21 April 2010
  • Testrit rekeningrijden, ROB Vandaag, 21 April 2010
  • Intelligent rekeningrijden, Kanaal-Z, 21 April 2010
  • La bote magique, RTBF, 17 May 2010
  • Leuven test rekeningrijden, ROB Vandaag, 14 December 2009

General articles

  • Smart mobility op proef, De Lloyd, 12 August 2010
  • Rekeningrijden doet mensen nadenken over verplaatsingen, Verkeersspecialist 165, March 2010
  • Wat denkt de Vlaming over rekeningrijden? Radio 1, interview in Peeters & Pichal, 29 January 2010
  • Betalen om de stad in te rijden, Knack bijlage, September 2009




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Sven Maerivoet


Sven Maerivoet

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