Socrates 2.0 – European trials of new traffic information and traffic management services


Six road authorities from four countries and some international service and traffic information providers have agreed to cooperate, such as Be-Mobile, Flitsmeister en BMW Group. In 2017 and 2018 they will develop new services for traffic management and traffic information. In 2019 and 2020 they will deploy and test these new services. The testing will be done with a test fleet of more than 6,000 road users in the region of Amsterdam and with more than 1,000 road users in the regions of Antwerp, Copenhagen and Munich. On 7 July 2017, the European Commission decided to support and co-fund the cooperation and trials.


The services will cover smart routing, actual speed and lane advices, local information and hazardous warnings and improved roadside traffic management measures. Such services will be jointly provided by road authorities, service providers and – in the not-too-distant future – manufacturers of self-driving vehicles. They will be based on a mutual exchange of traffic management data and coordination of public roadside traffic management measures and private in-car navigation services.

Smoother, safer and more sustainable traffic

The ultimate goal of the new cooperation and data sharing is to achieve new interactive and effective services on traffic management and traffic information. This will lead to smoother, safer and more sustainable traffic. It is expected that the cooperation will also lead to more business opportunities for the private partners and more cost-effective traffic management for the public authorities. Closer cooperation of all parties involved in road traffic is an important step towards achieving interactive traffic management and self-driving cars.

Partners involved

To enable this, public and private parties will cooperate in SOCRATES 2.0. Participants in the project are: the department of Mobility and Public Works of the Flemish Region, Be-Mobile and Flitsmeister, BASt, BMW Group, Brand MKRS creative agency, City of Copenhagen, HERE Technologies, MAPtm, the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management, Technolution, TomTom Group. The project is co-funded by the European Commission.

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