The managing authority of the EU's Urban Innovative Actions initiative said that the Bulgarian capital Sofia will receive funding of 3.7 million euro ($4.2 million) for a project for improving the air quality through on-demand green public transport.
The INNOAIR project envisages new electric buses to create a route map based on citizens’ demand submitted via a mobile application, instead of driving on pre-defined routes, the Urban Innovative Actions' managing authority said in a project description, published on Wednesday.
The app will leverage machine learning and advanced data analytics to create the most efficient path for each ride, collecting as much passengers as possible, with the aim of tackling the excessive use of private cars and traffic congestion.
In addition, INNOAIR will establish “Green Corridors” with low traffic and clean air routes, as well as an innovative fare collection model that will ensure the project’s sustainability.
Sofia municipality will partner with the National Institute of Meteorology and Hydrology, two universities, two non-profit organisations and two companies for the project.