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NorOvA Research project

Help us with our research and win prizes

NorOvA (I13359-1)

HFU wants to do some research on mobility and we need your help. You can do this by installing the NorOvA app and allowing it to track your movements for the period of one semester. Participants can win prizes throughout the semester. The NorOvA research project will provide ideas on how we can improve public transport in our area and support sustainable mobility.

By using the NorOvA app you can support research into climate protection and win prizes such as VSB semester tickets at the same time. Additionally, the app gives you information on your own mobility behaviour and in the future will even be able to give you automatically the CO² emissions produced!

The app is available for android from Version 5.0 from the Google playstore (accessible using the QR code).

The operation and functions of the app are explained in the following instructions. If you have any questions, please contact:

Email: norova@hs-furtwangen

Whatsapp: 07723 920 2129

Current information (Summer Semester 2020) on sustainable mobility at HFU for the Furtwangen Campus can be found here and for the Schwenningen Campus here.

NorOvA Research Project

NorOvA (I21903-1)

HFU and VSB project participants with Minister of Transport Winfried Hermann during the MobiArch-BW event launch in Ulm, from left to right: Johannes Deyringer, Professor Dr. Oliver Taminé, Fabian Wagner, Minister Hermann, Mickaél Pandion (Managing Director VSB). Not in photo: Professor Dr. Jochen Baier

Digitalisation and sustainable mobility are currently of huge importance in our society. Both come together in the "User-oriented Optimisation of Transport Options" research project (NorOvA - Nutzerorientierte Optimierung verkehrlicher Angebote). The project, which is funded by the Ministry of Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg, is being carried out at Furtwangen University (HFU) over a period of two years, together with the Schwarzwald-Baar Transport Association (Verkehrsverbund VSB). The aim is to develop digital tools which will enable customized solutions to support sustainable mobility to be set up in the future.

The app offered here is part of this toolbox. It will be tested first at HFU during the Winter Semester 2019/2020, then expanded further. At first its main use will be to make it possible to draw conclusions about the mobility behaviours of university members, thus providing a practical alternative to laborious surveys. During the Winter Semester of 2019/20 features such as the identification of means of transport, a travel log and a daily updated ranking will be added. As soon as the feature which identifies the means of transport is implemented, the aim is to introduce support of sustainable public transport through a competition in future testing periods. However, for now it was necessary to create a starting point so that research could be carried out independently of the means of transport.