FCD Testbed Salzburg


The Floating Car Data Test Bed Salzburg is Austrian’s National Test Bed for floating car data technologies. The test bed is operated by Salzburg Research, a non-profit research organization owned by the federal state of Salzburg with a strong applied research background in information and communication technologies as well as intelligent transport systems. The test bed has been established by the federal state of Salzburg in 2011 with the main goal to gain practical and scientifically grounded experiences in the use of floating car data technologies for traffic state estimation, traffic state prediction, traffic flow analysis and traffic management. Partners: ASFINAG (Austrian’s national highway operator), ORF (Austrian’s national broadcaster), O-Bus Salzburg (Salzburg’s city public bus operator), and SVV (Salzburg’s public transport association). Funding: Austrian Climate and Energy Funds.

Main goals of the test bed are:

  • Independent from commercial interests
  • Scientifically grounded
  • Different data acquisition technologies (in-car, smartphones,…)
  • Different fleets (private cars, service fleets, ambulance, public transport,…)
  • Estimations of geographical and temporal coverage of fleets
  • Estimations of different motion characteristics of fleets
  • Different data usage scenarios: real time traffic flow estimation, traffic flow prediction, historical data analysis, traffic management
  • Full compliance with Austrian and European data privacy protection plans

With June 2014 the test bed processes data from 10+ fleets with 600+ vehicles. Per day the vehicles collect approximately 4.000 trips, 60.000 kilometers, 1.800 hours and 800.000 GPS locations.

Scientific questions to be answered within the test bed:

fcd2 Floating Car Data (FCD)

  • Which fleets are best suited to collect FCD in terms of geographical and temporal coverage and flow patterns?
  • Which GPS devices and sampling rates are best suited for the different usage scenarios?
  • What are the differences between FCD from individual and public transport?
  • What are the differences between in-car FCD and smartphone FCD?
  • What are the benefits of FCD for real-time traffic state estimation and historical data analysis?
xFCD Extended Floating Car Data (xFCD)

  • Which data of car electronics may be used for augmenting FCD?
  • What are the benefits of using XFCD? For which scenarios?