The Project

LabCityCar is a Living Lab project based on the sustainable mobility of private cars, developed in the city of Gijon. It proposes the fulfilment of a set of actions that begin with the analysis of the impact of the mobility of these vehicles in the different zones of the city and the ideas for improving their impact with benefits for the citizens and therefore for Gijon.

In this project, the citizens are the main source of information thanks to their active participation, and in this way each one becomes a “citizen-researcher”.

Gijon has included within its plans as a Smart City the key points Mobility and Environment, totally in keeping with the project LabCityCar. The PAES (Pact of the City Mayors) contemplates actions of LabCityCar in efficient driving and environment.

In order to have an important impact on the city, it was not enough only to take into account the private vehicles of the citizens, it was necessary to incorporate other types of vehicles such as public transport buses or refuse collection lorries. For this reason the city bus company Bus Gijón and the company of Refuse management EMTUSA actively joined the project with their respective vehicles.

In order to complete the data collected on driving, new sensors for measuring noise and air contamination have been included, thanks to the incorporation of companies specialized in acoustics and environmental sensors.

LabCityCar is a combined private and public initiative, where the citizens, municipal bus and refuse companies and other private firms collaborate constitiuting a true LivingLab, all with the support of the Gijon City council.

Who can take part?

Any citizen of Gijon who resides or works in the city. Participants must have their own vehicle, made after 2003, which can be diesel or petrol, and must possess a smart phone (Android, Blackberry or iPhone).

The carbon footprint and noise in the city

The carbon footprint is the environmental impact of human activity on ecosystems and the capacity of the planet to assimilate this action and regenerate. To that effect the mobility studies of 2004 and 2009 ordered by the Gijon City Council proposed the necessity to carry out actions to limit and reduce the impact of vehicle noise and atmospheric contamination in the city.

One of the objectives of the project is the creation of noise maps of the city and indices of environmental contamination caused not only by cars, but also by buses and other types of goods vehicle.