On January 14, 2021 an exhibition of vehicles was held on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of public transport in Sofia. Along with the stories about the transport from the past, the audience also got acquainted with the innovations planned for the future.

The Deputy Mayor for Transport of Sofia Municipality Kristian Krastev introduced the attendees with the INNOAIR project and the activities that will be carried out within its implementation.

The most impressive among the activities is the provision of the service for an environmentally friendly public transport "on request". Instead of driving on pre-defined routes, the new e-buses will create route map based on citizen demand submitted via mobile application. The app will leverage machine learning and advanced data analytics to create the most efficient path for each ride, collecting as much passengers as possible.

This urban transport service will be tested for the first time in Europe and will be implemented together with a wide range of initiatives: low emission zones, green corridors, congestion charge, promotion of active mobility. This coordinated effort of the city administration, scientists, business and citizens will form a holistic approach to reducing air pollution and will change the way our public transport looks today.

INNOAIR project is co-financed by European Regional Development Fund through the Innovative Urban Development Initiative.