Published on April 22, 2020

A study on mobility flows in Italy to understand the effects of the emergency

The number of vehicles on the road decreases, the number of kilometers traveled is reduced and the average speed increases. These are just some of the data that emerge from the latest study carried out by VEM Solutions, a company of the Viasat Group, which analyzed, through its dashboards and analytics platforms, the data of a significant sample of vehicles in the Italian road fleet (private and vehicles commercial). An extremely interesting picture is obtained of the changes that have taken place in the main mobility indicators (circulating vehicles, distances traveled, average speed in Italy and in Milan, Bergamo, Brescia, Rome, Palermo and Turin; travel outside the province; travel between north and south of the country , etc.), in relation to the various measures adopted, starting from 22 January, to contain the spread of the contagion throughout the national territory. The trends and trends observed are correlated with the dynamics of the epidemic to establish the cause-effect relationship, especially starting from the second half of February, between a measure restricting mobility and the behavior of the population, in addition to also allowing a comparison with the contagion curve over the period.

“This dramatic epochal emergency has imposed drastic changes in our life and work habits,” explains Domenico Petrone, President of Viasat Group “, but has also shown how science, technology and sustainability, in its broadest sense, are of the essential roads for our future. The key to realizing this vision is the ability to transform and process such data into information useful for improving decision-making processes. This has always been Viasat’s profession ”.

VEM Solutions, thanks to its consolidated activity in the LBS (Location Based Services) market, has matured over the years an important experience in the management of one of the most relevant and consistent electronic database at European level, powered by information systems for the collection real-time mobility data, anonymous and aggregated in full compliance with the GDPR regulation.

Highlights of the study

  • Decreased number of circulating vehicles (-50%)
  • Decrease in road transport, especially for light commercial lanes <35q (-25%)
  • No significant change on the mobility trends of heavy vehicles
  • Average speed increase (about + 10%)
  • Statistical representative sample of the vehicle circulating fleet (from 2% to 6% on average on a Italy basis)
  • Analysis period 20/1/2020 – 20/03/2020
  • Territorial analysis divided by Italy, Milan, Bergamo, Brescia, Turin, Rome, Palermo.


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