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VINCI Autoroutes innovation

The motorway is more than just transport infrastructure. It is a vector for the growth of new mobility services and uses, many of which are yet to be invented.

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THE SMART MOTORWAY

WHAT: INFORM AND SUPPORT CUSTOMERS BEFORE AND DURING THEIR MOTORWAY JOURNEY
WHY: TO COMPLY WITH SERVICE CONTRACT QUALITY COMMITMENTS
HOW: WITH EXISTING COMMUNICATION MEANS AND BY CREATING NEW TOOLS AND SYSTEMS 

ENHANCED TRAFFIC INFORMATION
to the VINCI Autoroutes app, motorway users can find out about traffic conditions on their smartphone. Starting in 2016, they will be able to receive predictive alerts informing them, even before they get onto the motorway, of any incident on their normal route. This service, which is currently being trialled, is made possible by analyzing customer journeys from data gathered when they go through the tolls. In addition, VINCI Autoroutes formed a partnership in 2015 with Waze, a community-based traffic and navigation app that has over 50 million users worldwide. Radio VINCI Autoroutes can now draw on the Waze Broadcast Program to provide listeners with traffic information on roads beyond the motorway network, especially at the entry to major urban areas such as Paris, Toulouse, Marseille and Nice.

APPS IN THE INCUBATOR
Three startups selected during the VINCI 2015 Hackathon are currently being supported by the VINCI Autoroutes accelerator to develop innovative connected mobility services. Wever is an urban carpooling social network that brings together drivers and passengers with common interests. The Little Extra converts transport waiting time into an opportunity to earn money when users respond to consumer surveys and win gifts. BabbleCar, a social network for the connected car, gives vehicle occupants the possibility of communicating with people they don’t know by using their number plates. 

ALSO

Pre-order your meal
In partnership with catering group Elior and startup Wynd, VINCI Autoroutes has launched the Cliquez-Déjeunez (click-and-eat) app, which enables people to order their meal in advance online and pick it up at a service area, benefitting from a priority collection queue and discounts. Trialled at a dozen service areas in 2015, Cliquez-Déjeunez will be extended to different brands in 2016 and gradually rolled out to the entire VINCI Autoroutes network.

Wi-Fi at service areas
VINCI Autoroutes and Wifirst (Bolloré Group) have equipped the service areas on the A8 between Aix en Provence and Nice with ultra-fast Wi-Fi. The infrastructure used is connected end-to-end by optical fibre, giving speeds of up to 1 Gbit/s. Starting in 2016, the main service areas on the VINCI Autoroutes network will offer free Wi-Fi access.

INNOVATION

VINCI Autoroutes gave fresh impetus to its open innovation policy in October 2015 by launching a startup accelerator in the field of connected mobility. The aim of the accelerator is to support entrepreneurial initiatives in the fields of travel, commuting, road safety and the environment. Startups joining the VINCI Autoroutes accelerator benefit from a programme of support through successive six-month sequences, working with the company’s experts, with the aim of developing pilot trials under real conditions on the motorway network. More generally, by combining outside partnerships with its own areas of expertise, especially in terms of analysing massive amounts of data, VINCI Autoroutes intends to develop new services that facilitate the journeys of motorway users and personalise relations with them, for example through predictive traffic alerts (see page 51). VINCI Autoroutes also uses big data technology to analyse and optimise the operation of motorway information systems, the main aim of which is to smooth traffic through the tolls.