Q Free: New road user pricing system piloted in Norway – with Q-Free as technology provider
The Norwegian Public Roads Administration is experimenting with a new concept of road user pricing, aimed at making road use even safer, fairer and more user-friendly. Q-Free is the proud provider of technology.
“We have pioneered tolls since 1984 and have always been at the forefront of trends and needs. It’s very exciting to now test our new ‘GeoFlow’ concept on a large scale with progressive partners such as the Norwegian Public Road Administration and SINTEF, ”says Ola Martin Lykkja, senior development engineer at Q-Free.
While current toll systems are based on crossings through fixed toll points on the road network, GeoFlow offers a differential pricing system based on distance and fuel: using an on-board unit and From an app, the driver gets instant information about the cost of driving and can thus plan trips in advance and use parameters such as time and zone to get an overview of the pricing of different alternatives. A dynamic pricing system with higher costs at peak times and in urban areas for example, can help regulate traffic, further reduce congestion and shape even greener, more economical and socially sustainable driving patterns.
After several small pilots, the project group is now eager to test on a larger scale and is looking for 200 motivated drivers to test the system.
“For a solution to thrive in a complex environment, diverse feedback is important, and we hope that people from diverse backgrounds will want to participate and give their valuable feedback,” says Lykkja. “The only conditions we have to participate are that you have a driver’s license, drive a fossil fuel or hybrid car, and travel frequently in urban areas of Trondheim, Norway. It is good to know that GeoFlow is designed for privacy, personal information never leaves the vehicle and thus preserves the confidentiality of your driving history. ”
If you would like to participate in the pilot project, register here (form in Norwegian) or send an email to [email protected] for more information. You can also find out more by watching this video, watching a snippet of daily news in Norway, or watching our concept video.
The pilot is a collaborative project between SINTEF, Q-Free ASA, the Norwegian Public Roads Administration and the Research Council of Norway.