The City of Delft, a knowledge economy, offers the physical space and organisational support for innovations to be tested under realistic conditions: they provide the opportunity for Living Labs to take place.
Sustainable solutions to the world’s largest challenges require radically new connections between technologies and industries at a systems level. This type of innovation stretches our existing thinking about technologies, business models, public interest and regulation.
Since 2000 the City of Delft has been continuously, and automatically, counting traffic in the city. There are already more than 120 counting points spread over 40 controlled intersections. Delft has for some time been a leader in this field and is using the figures to monitor traffic flows and calibrate transportation models. But, Delft is going further in developing this field of expertise.
Netherlands is a cycling country. Every morning rush-hour sees more than 1.75 million Dutch on their bikes. Of all commuters, 25% are cyclists and 40% of train travellers make their way to a train station by bike. In order to ensure all this movement takes place safely and comfortably there is a nationwide network of 35,000 kilometres of cycle paths.
Ex-Olympic skater Jan Bos was caught speeding over the Prinses Beatrixlaan in Delft with 60 km/h. Bos was testing the VeloX 6, a high-tech recumbent bicycle from the Human Power Team. The student team from the TU Delft and VU University Amsterdam is aiming to break the world speed record for human-powered vehicles. In preparation for the race the team tested the vehicle, in September they hope to
If the city is bursting at the seams with car traffic, everything else will grind to a halt as well. Iwheels - personal electric vehicles, which don’t emit exhaust fumes and require little road and parking space - can help the city get back in the flow.