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Smart urban traffic zones

Ellastbil på Hönö
ellastbil på sergelstorg

With increased urbanization and growing cities, competition for the city's space increases, which creates more complex traffic systems where vehicles and the city's inhabitants need to interact with each other.


The project is expected to lead to cities gaining an increased ability to use smart digital solutions in traffic and urban planning. The project should also lead to more transport buyers and carriers cooperating with cities and choosing to use enabling technology such as geofencing/controlling speed support to dynamically adapt speed and/or driving style in the city which means increased traffic safety & security, lower noise levels & air pollution and increased traffic - and transport efficiency.

The project's focus is to map the need for smart traffic zones in an urban environment and continue to test smart solutions within several pilots.

What is being tested?

With the goal of developing and setting up an ecosystem for data sharing that generates insights and new services for optimized planning of loading bay areas, we are conducting three different tests. Here you can read more about them. 

Volvo lastbil i Göteborg

Efficient loading areas

We aim to build up a dynamic ecosystem for data sharing, where insights and services are shared to revolutionize the use and planning of loading spaces. Through our pilot, we take the next big step...
Stockholms stad

Safe, secure & shared urban spaces

The goal is to raise awareness and change the behavior of cyclists, pedestrians, and drivers in shared spaces through new solutions such as digital signage, dynamic speed control, etc., thereby...

Secure construction exits

By implementing smart solutions, we aim to enhance the traffic safety of construction transports in urban areas – to and from construction sites, in their vicinity, and within the construction area...

An efficient and automated permit process for intelligent access

In this project phase, we are exploring opportunities to enhance construction transportation in a smart manner. We aim to increase load capacity and streamline urban resources. Here, you can learn...

Development areas

The parties within Smart Urban Traffic Zones work together to develop joint proposals and solutions in several areas, which will support Sweden's municipalities in the work to introduce smart zones. 



What has previously been tested within Smart Urban Traffic Zones?

Smart urban traffic zones will be part of the future flexible city where vehicles move on people's terms. Based on geofencing and sensor technology, smart urban traffic zones should become a powerful tool that contributes to quieter, safer and healthier environments to live in.

What was the objective of the first part of the venture?

The goal of Smart Urban Traffic Zones has been to create, demonstrate and set basic requirements for smart zones, by focusing on people in real situations. This is to create more accessible cities, lower the number of injured and killed, and increase the use of the urban environment in a more flexible way.

Shared requirements bring many players together

Smart urban traffic zones have been implemented by a large and broad network of actors, from the need owner to the end customer, who together have ensured that the smart zones that have been tested and developed meet real needs. The Swedish Transport Administration and CLOSER have run the initiative Smart urban traffic zones together.

Innovation zone Hornsgatan

Here you can read about the demonstration carried out on Hornsgatan in Stockholm, where dynamically speed-controlled distribution vehicles, which deliver food to shops and restaurants in the area, were tested. The speed regulation of the vehicles was to increase traffic safety and was based on how many pedestrians were moving in the area. Here, a loading zone was also equipped with a sensor that generated data on how the surface was used.

Dispensed construction transport

Here you can read about the demonstration exempted construction transport that was tested at Södermalm in Stockholm. A concrete truck was given a dispensation to drive with a heavier weight than is normally permitted and thus enable more concrete to be loaded into the tank. With heavier loads, fewer trips to and from construction sites are required, reducing the total number of heavy mass transports within a city.

Safe construction site exits

Here you can learn more about a smart zone around a construction exit that was demonstrated in Gothenburg to reduce the risk of collisions between heavy vehicles and cyclists. The Safe construction exit was equipped with smart sensors that were connected to a warning system. When a cyclist approached the construction exit at the same time as a heavy vehicle was entering or exiting the construction site, the warning system was activated to alert both the cyclist and the driver of the vehicle.

Results (the majority only in Swedish)