Sofia is the capital of Bulgaria and the 14th largest city in Europe with almost 1,5 million inhabitants . Some of the main problems facing Sofia are the high levels of harmful emissions and the high levels of noise pollution in the city.
One of the reasons for this is car traffic, the large number of old cars, including a large number of diesel cars. At the same time, global greenhouse gas emissions are constantly rising and are the main cause of climate change. Continuous exposure to high concentrations of harmful emissions has a negative impact on human health in high-traffic areas.
The car’s impact on the environment has been proven to be negative. It is one of the main air pollutants in cities. The large number of cars leads to traffic problems, congestion and reduced quality of the urban environment. The centre of Sofia is an area full of diverse activities, which naturally attracts a large amount of car traffic. At the same time, getting around and parking in the central part of the city is very difficult. Unlike most Western European large cities, where the street network is built as a structure and dimensions almost 100% adapted to cars, in Sofia this is not the case. The existing primary street network as a structure is incomplete.
That is why our main goal is to reduce the use of personal cars, which will have a positive impact on air quality and climate change. By solving key parking problems and offer more cleaner, shared light mobility options, Sofia will largely achieve control of unwanted car traffic and congestion. The effect we are looking for in improving parking conditions, by tightening controls and introducing greater restrictions, is to speed up the transition and get as close as possible to climate neutrality. Sofia’s ambition is to put an end to the aimless wandering of cars in the central parts of the city in search of parking places. Providing citizens with an intelligent technological solution that will reduce harmful emissions and climate neutrality will not remain a mirage.