AntiTrash: A change of model in the maintenance of shared vehicles

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One of the main difficulties faced by shared vehicle companies (Carsharing) and public transport is to maintain the vehicle interior in optimal conditions when the user changes, to improve the experience of the journey.

In this context, the Kick-off meeting of AntiTrash project (Smart maintenance and prevention of damage in shared mobility), w was held to launch the project. Antitrash promotes a change in model for the regular maintenance of shared vehicles with optimal results. The event was held in the headquarters of the public transport company Hochbahn in the city of Hamburg. AntiTrash is promoted by the EIT Urban Mobility and participants include the Laboratorio Microtech and Intexter at the UPC. Other collaborators are the CARNET initiative, coordinated by CIT UPC.

As part of the AntiTrash project, a system will be developed to automatically detect rubbish or potential damage in the shared vehicle or public transport. Through machine learning techniques, images will be used that are obtained by a camera that inspects the interior of the vehicle to assess its state. This will also enable identification of the person responsible for the damage and/or the rubbish within the shared vehicle so that they can be directly charged maintenance costs, if necessary.

In addition, smart materials that increase the durability of the interior are promoted (plastics, metals and polymers), as well as the use of nanotechnology (microfluidic hydraulic systems) for detecting smells and particles, to ensure the good quality of air inside the car. This also contributes to reducing cleaning costs and makes it easier to replace vehicle components.

The AntiTrash project is funded in the Innovation Project 2020 category by EIT Urban Mobility and is expected to continue until the end of 2021. The project is coordinated by AALTO University, and other participants are the NFF in Braunschweig, SEAT, Zone Cluster and the city of Hamburg.

EIT Urban Mobility is funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

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