Mobile Experience Lab and Smart Cities Group worked together to envision future scenarios describing design opportunities related to topics that deal with social navigation, distributed data sensing, healthcare, bike sharing racks optimization, peer-to-peer freight, urban races and civic engagement. The final outcome consists in a 7 minutes video that proposes our vision on Smart Mobility & Ubiquitous Computing.

.00| Intro

A general introduction on the Green Wheel features and its functionalities.

.01| Distributed data sensing

On a urban scale, private or shared bicycles can actively participate in a real-time representation of environmental conditions, give an accurate representation of aggregated mobility patterns and describe road conditions. The whole amount of data are sent to a Web served that collects and analyzes data instantaneously in order to support a wide range of services (health care, navigation, games, etc).

.02| Citizens' Watch

Citizens can actively engage in the civic activities by reporting elements related to urban life quality and safety. In this case, our persona finds a dangerous pothole on his way, shoots a picture and sends it to the Community Wiki together with the location coordinates.

.03| Asynchronous Urban Competitions

The Smartphone can propose Urban Races to bicycle riders to challenge previous personal time records or friends' ones. In this sequence, our persona accepts the challenge from his friend Lance that holds the All-Time record on Mass.Ave Bridge.

.04| Peer-to-Peer Freight

In enclosed social networks and contexts, shipments can be carried out by normal people that can take care of picking up and handing packages and objects. This scheme can improve the overall efficiency of the system thanks to the optimization of delivery time, energy consumption and economic expenses.

.05| Dynamic Routing - Bike Sharing

Bike Sharing projects are normally rack-based. In fact, they are strictly connected to the urban infrastructure of the bike racks. Although this system proved to work thanks to its uniform language, recognizable architecture and strategic locations in the cithy, more efficient dynamics can be proposed by routing the bikes according to the real-time position of people.


.06| Health navigation

Environmental, road conditions and mobility patterns data collected in real-time from the bicycles moving in the city can be used for a wide range of purposes. Among these, pollution data can support health navigation system that can be tailored on different types of diseases. In this scenario, the navigation system suggests ideal paths for whom suffers of asthma. By defining a certain destination and the amount of time to reach it, the navigation application automatically suggests directions to avoid streets that have a higher risk.

.07| Cultural trip

GPS usually supports applications that increase the efficiency of travels. In this case, the scenario proposes the combined usage of location-based features with Wikipedia and User-Generated Contents. The final result consist in a cultural guide for the Freedom Trail in Boston.

.08| Family safe trip

Green Wheel is a smart mobility system that collects energy while riding the bicycle and that releases it when needed. What if the same mechanism is used in the opposite way to control the speed and maximum distance from a trip guide? In this scenario, a grandfather brings around his grandkid for a Sunday trip in the park. In order to avoid potential risks, he sets a maximum distance range. Each time his grandkid goes beyond it, the system sends an alert and offers the possibility to decelerate the speed of the kid's bicycle.

.09| Visualization / Advertisement

The bikes involved in sharing programs around the world use to carry on advertisement. In this scenario, we propose the usage of dynamic LEDs that exploit the Persistence of Vision in human eyes to display contents. The same infrastructure can be used to propose location or time-based advertisements. Furthermore, the displays can be used for security purposed (display speed, direction) or as a customized element in a bike-sharing project (same bike carrying personal avatars on the wheels).