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Smart urban traffic zones

Smart urban traffic zones will be a part of the future flexible city where vehicles travel on people’s terms. The goal is to make smart urban traffic zones into a powerful tool based on geofencing which will help to create quieter, safer and healthier environments for people to live and work in.

About the project

Smart urban traffic zones will form part of future flexible cities where vehicles travel on people’s terms. Smart urban traffic zones will be a powerful tool based on geofencing which will help to create quieter, safer and healthier environments for people to live and work in.


The objective is to identify the fundamental requirements and then to create and demonstrate smart zones by taking a customer-centred and iterative approach in real-life situations. This will help to make cities more accessible, reduce injuries and deaths on the roads and develop more flexible urban environments.

Shared requirements bring many players together

Smart urban traffic zones involve an extensive network of players from stakeholders to end customers. The aim is for them to ensure that the smart zones which are being tested and created meet the right requirements and that they are usable and can be implemented. The project is managed jointly by CLOSER and the Swedish Transport Administration. It is funded by Vinnova, as part of its Challenge-Drive Innovation initiative, and by the players involved.

What have been tested with Smart urban traffic zones?

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 is 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)

If you want to know more, please get in touch

Felicia Hökars

Felicia Hökars

Project leader
Anna-Karin Salmi

Anna-Karin Salmi

Project leader


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