Frequently asked questions
Why is the European Commission organising a Smart Mobility Challenge concerning European Multimodal Journey Planners?
The challenges of climate change, increasing congestion and fuel costs push us to find smarter ways to travel. Using different types of transport for one journey or 'multimodal travel' is part of the solution. This option can not only preserve the environment (by using cleaner transport solutions than private cars, such as public transport or rail), it can also be easier on our wallets.
Multimodal travel is by its very nature more complex. On-line journey planners can help travelers to plan a journey from A to B (ideally door-to-door), combining different modes of transport available, their schedules and even fares.
This competition aims to raise awareness about the need to further develop European journey planners and show the benefits they will bring to the citizens.
FAQ on the vote
What criteria should I consider when I cast my vote?
Assess how easy the planner is to use, whether it managed to find a route for you or not and if not, did it explain why? Can you use it to book tickets and/or buy them on line? Is it in a useful range of languages? You can also consider whether you would recommend the planner to a friend who needed to plan his or her journey across Europe ?
How can I vote?
Decide which planner on the map you prefer and select the ‘vote’ button, next to its description. Then write your email address in the box provided. You will receive an email in response and you will need to reply to that email in order to activate your vote. Your email address will not be divulged and will only be used to eliminate automatic or multiple voting. Each vote being linked to an email address, each email address will be counted only once.
Who can vote?
Anyone wishing to make travelling across the EU simpler and more sustainable is invited to cast his or her vote.
How will the winner be selected?
Every vote counts! Once all votes have been received, they will be counted entirely electronically. The two propositions with the highest number of votes will win.
Until when can I vote?
The e-vote runs from the 5 December 2011 to 13 January 2012, so your vote must be cast by 13 January 2012 (by midnight CET).
When will we know who has won?
The winners will be announced in Brussels in February 2012.
What is the prize?
The two best entries in each category (journey planners and ideas) will receive an invitation (entry, travel and accommodation costs covered) to participate in the ITS World Congress in Vienna (22-26 October 2012) and present their planners/ideas at the European Commission's stand.
What happens if the competition is cancelled or postponed?
The organisers cannot be held responsible for the cancellation, postponement or modification of the vote due to unforeseen circumstances, nor can they be held responsible for any theft, loss, delay or damage during the transmission of the votes. Furthermore, the dates mentioned may be changed due to organisational reasons or unforeseen circumstances.
Participation in the vote assumes full acceptance of these rules.
Is my personal data protected?
FAQ on the competition
Who can participate in the competition?
The competition is primarily for travel planning, travel management and travel operating stakeholders (local authorities, transport organisations, etc.) active in the European Union and for people in the European transport industry as they are more likely to have developed these planners. However, any EU citizen or resident is free to submit an idea.
Who will be in the jury?
The jury for the ‘best ideas’ contest will be selected by the European Commission’s Mobility and Transport DG. It will be composed of EU officials and representatives of major ITS stakeholders.
What criteria will the ideas be judged on?
For the first category (operational European multimodal journey planners) a pre-selection of planners prior to the public vote will be done by the European Commission based on the following criteria:
- number of years/months in operation;
- number of European countries covered by the planner;
- number and type of transport modes covered by the planner;
- quantified usage of the planner;
- future potential of the planner.
For the second category of submissions (‘ideas’), the jury will evaluate and judge the proposals according to the following criteria:
- technical and operational feasibility;
- potential impact on the industry/services of multi-modal travel planners;
- potential user acceptance;
- innovation level;
- social impact.
What level of detail has to be presented in the ideas?
Refer to the form for more details.