Mobility Talks episode 6: “Citizens as drivers of their own mobility”

Next 21 October at 16:00 hours CET join us to discuss about the decision-making process regarding urban mobility issues is essential to understand and respond to their expectations and real needs.

Citizens and end-users’ have a say in urban mobility. Their participation in the decision-making process regarding urban mobility issues is essential to understand and respond to their expectations and real needs. By giving citizens the opportunity to influence public decisions on urban mobility, the quality of the policy being developed can be improved, making the provided solutions more relevant, effective and efficient.

Public engagement is a key requirement of sustainable urban mobility transformation. To involve citizens individually or in the form of civil society organisations ensures transparency and gives them the opportunity to become true agents of change.

Engaging citizens is especially important during times of crisis like the Covid19 pandemic, as effectiveness of the response efforts became crucial.

As already stressed in the Citizen Engagement Call launched by EIT Urban Mobility in March 2020, developing solutions with and for citizens is the key to delivering real change. Successful stakeholder engagement will increase the ability to create, experiment, demonstrate, scale and deploy. Citizen engagement is therefore a priority for EIT Urban Mobility and this webinar will bring food for thought and contribute to the discussions on the topic.

Four speakers with a good representation of the innovation knowledge triangle (industry, academy and research and city) and from an association directly representing citizens.

  • Frank Hansen – BMW, Germany
  • Robert Braun – Institute of Advanced Studies, Austria
  • Burcu Ozdemir – IMM Smart City, Istanbul – Turkey
  • Evelien Marlier – European Passengers’ Federation

Two of the speakers are involved in one of the projects selected under the last EIT Urban Mobility Citizen Engagement Call.

‘Mobility Talks’ webinars

Mobility Talks is a new brand of EIT Urban Mobility, consisting of a series of online events, addressing urban mobility innovations and their impact on the liveability of cities. These inspiring online gatherings provide a platform for international experts to share relevant and useful insights about the mobility sector. The ultimate goal is to create a fruitful ecosystem, facilitate connections, and build an international network in the mobility sector.

The webinars started as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic, with the aim of keeping our community and stakeholders informed and involved and to stay connected with all interested audiences.

These inspiring online gatherings may have different formats and will provide you with insights into the latest developments, including experts’ views on specific topics. During the first episodes, topics will touch upon the impact that COVID-19 has on urban mobility and liveable urban spaces.

The webinars will be recorded and will be made available on our YouTube channel.

For whom?

Any person interested in these topics is free to get involved! Join our ‘Mobility Talks’, get involved in our discussions and help us to overcome the new challenges we are facing.

Mobility Talks webinar series

Episode 1: Analysis of mobility behaviour using data during and after the COVID-19 confinement – 14 May 2020

The use of data and data privacy during and after the COVID-19 confinement is now all over the news. 

From EIT Urban Mobility, we want to give voice to experts to discuss changes and challenges around mobility and public transport during and after confinement of COVID-19; who owns the data, and who analyzes it. For por details, the presentations and link to recordings, click here.

Episode 2: A new mobility paradigm for health, cities and the environment 25 June 2020

As urban centres in Europe begin to reopen, we take a look at how cities have dealt with the COVID-19, to what extent this pandemic has affected urban health, and how planners can reconcile urban proximity frameworks with the “new normal”.

For all details and registration, click here.

Episode 3: Blockchain and mobility: use cases, challenges and opportunities – 9 July 2020

Urban mobility is one of the industries that will experience bigger changes in the coming years due to technological innovations and changes to citizens’ behaviour. While blockchain technology has entered into many sectors with force, what is the adoption of blockchain technology in this industry? Join us to find the answer!

For all details and registration, click here.

Episode 4: Pedalling the future: from pop-up bike lanes to long-term cycling policies – 27 August 2020

If before COVID-19, cycling was a high priority for the policy authorities due to its benefits towards the environment, the virus has additionally reinforced the importance of cycling for the overall transport system resilience at all levels. As a result, a growing number of European cities start to supply their citizens with temporarily bicycling infrastructures (pop-up cycling lanes), providing short-term adaptations to their mobility policies. Will these pop-up bicycle lanes be the “new normal” once the COVID-19 crisis is over?

For all details, click here.

Mobility Talks episode 5: Mobility as a Service, disrupting urban mobility in the cities!

Much ink has been spilled on the not-so-new, still controversial, arguably disruptive concept of Mobility as a Service (MaaS, for the initiated). But, what are the main and still unresolved aspects to be addressed when implementing MaaS for real? Is MaaS the silver bullet able to solve many of the challenges facing cities today?

For all details, click here.

Mobility Talks episode 6: “Citizens as drivers of their own mobility”

Citizens and end-users’ have a say in urban mobility. Their participation in the decision-making process regarding urban mobility issues is essential to understand and respond to their expectations and real needs. By giving citizens the opportunity to influence public decisions on urban mobility, the quality of the policy being developed can be improved, making the provided solutions more relevant, effective and efficient.

For all details, click here.

EIT Urban Mobility at LYT20 – Logistics and Technology Event 2020

LYT20 (Logistics and Technology Event 2020) is the meeting point between the leading logistics companies and the new technologies already transforming this sector.

In this year´s edition, the event intends to accelerate the transformation process of the logistics industry  in times of crisis, where the adoption of the most disruptive technologies to achieve more efficient supply chains can make the difference between surviving or not in the logistics of the future (and the future is already here!).

The event takes place on 30 September offering four interactive sessions involving panels of experts focusing on different topics: Blockchain, IoT (Internet of Things), AI (Artificial Intelligence) and Open Innovation. Over 15 corporates, SMEs, start-ups, and associations will explain real cases of cutting-edge technologies applied to logistics processes.

Participation of EIT Urban Mobility

Daniel Serra, Innovation Hub South Director, will participate as a panellist in the session on Open Innovation. He will present some good examples and success stories of several projects funded by EIT Urban Mobility that focus on innovation and digital transformation.  EIT Urban Mobility aims to resolve the challenges facing eco-efficient and safe urban transport and demonstrate how new technologies can work to solve real problems in real cities by transporting people, freight, and waste in smarter ways.

Event details

WHEN: 30 September 2020, 10.00-14.30 CET
WHERE: Online

PROGRAMME:              

10:00-10:10 I Event Opening

10:10-10:20 I Institutional Opening

10:20-11:20 I Panel: Blockchain

12.20-12:30 I Break

11.20-12:20 I Panel: IoT

12.30-13:30 I Panel: Artificial Intelligence

13:30-14:30 I Panel: Open Innovation

14:30-14:35 I Closure

The event will be online, free of charge and fully conducted in Spanish

FURNISH is calling for digitally fabricated urban elements adapting public spaces to COVID-19!

FURNISH is organising an open call to select 4 teams throughout Europe which will digitally fabricate and deploy urban elements for the purpose of adapting temporary public spaces to meet the new challenges and opportunities presented by the COVID-19 crisis.

Application deadline: 25 September.

FURNISH aims to merge the challenge of gaining more public space through ‘tactical urbanism’, which can reconfigure a street to expand the area for pedestrians and leisure, with local digital manufacturing. The call is open to Fab Labs, research groups, designers or makers able to produce rapid solutions to the urgent spatial problems and opportunities posed by the novel coronavirus. Interested teams must submit their qualifications until 25 September, along with evidence of having sought a letter of support from an institution (e.g. municipality, cultural centre, university, etc.).

The objective is to develop the designs and prototypes in collaborative workshops featuring all the selected FURNISH teams. Therefore it is not necessary to have a design prepared to apply. Pilot installations will be installed and tested by December. Each selected team will receive € 10.000€ to fund the fabrication and implementation of their prototypes. All designs developed under the FURNISH project will be documented in an open-source format, enabling replication anywhere in the world.

This project is funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). EIT Urban Mobility acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.

Internship: Web Developer

The Web Developed intern will support and report to the IT Manager. The primary focus will be to contribute to defining a new toolset of Cloud Applications to enable the key functions of the EIT Urban Mobility. Working on a “Cloud Integrator” project. Defining a centralized data structure and integrating the different Cloud Applications will also be a key part of this internship. It is expected for the intern to be able to customize standard SaaS solutions based on the direct feedback from other colleagues in the company. The secondary focus will be to support other IT functions of the company.

How to apply

To apply for this internship, please send a full application consisting of a letter of motivation highlighting how your skills or experience matches the internship requirements and a current curriculum vitae to internship@eiturbanmobility.eu.

All details can be found here: Call for applications and guidelines how to apply for Internship Web Developer

Deadline for applications: 30 September 2020

Location: Barcelona, Spain

Next 13 October, join the Nordic Perspective Summit!

The Nordic Summit Perspective is a full day face-to-face event at DTU Campus, bringing together all relevant stakeholders across the whole EIT Urban Mobility network and beyond. The Summit creates a stage for sharing knowledge and experience from ongoing urban mobility projects, innovations and initiatives, new challenges and opportunities and new competencies across cities, academia and the private sector.

The Nordic countries have a challenging climate (rainy, cold and icy), they have energy policies in place and are largely on track in their decarbonisation of electricity, heat and buildings. Transportation and mobility, however, present multiple pressing challenges: the fossil fuel intensity of transport, long travel distances, the state of public transport infrastructure, congestion, population density and electrification of transport.

Summit Sessions

ELECTRO MOBILITY: TOWARDS 100% ELECTRIFICATION

Moderator: Mikael Nybacka, Associate Professor, KTH, Division of Vehicle Dynamics

Confirmed topics:

  • A smart and sufficient charging infrastructure for electric vehicle
  • State of Health Evaluation of 10 V2G EVs
  • Electric Road System (ERS) overview and how could a national ERS be established
  • Wireless electric roads – ready for large scale deployment
  • Towards 100% electro-mobility: An EV driver’s perspective

Moderator: Bernadette Bergsma, Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations, EIT Urban Mobility

BEHAVIOURAL CHANGE & CITIZENS ENGAGEMENT

Confirmed topics:

  • Towards personalised incentives for car sharing – Share More EIT-Urban Mobility project
  • Regulator Perspective (policy changes)
  • People-first Mobility
  • Mistra SAMS Sustainable Accessibility and Mobility Solutions

LONG DISTANCE CYCLING

Moderator: Anders Fjendbo Jensen, Associate Professor DTU, Department of Technology, Management and Economics

Confirmed topics:

  • Increased International Interest in New Cycling Infrastructure
  • Strategic effort for supercycle paths in the Capital Region
  • Socio-economic Evaluations of Super Bike Highways
  • Introduction to Bike-Longer 2020
  • Results from user and stakeholder interviews in Copenhagen
  • Results from user and stakeholder interviews in Tel Aviv
  • Development of apps for revealing bicyclist behaviour

INTELLIGENT TRANSPORT SYSTEMS

Moderator: Claudio Roncoli, Assistant Professor, Aalto University, Department of Built Environment

Confirmed topics:

  • What is the role of Micro-mobility post-Covid19?
  • Road towards Automation
  • Aalto University projects (smart traffic and open data)
  • Smart mobility piloting to enable future mobility solutions: The Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab in Helsinki
  • Traffic management for future mobility

TRANSPORT IN THE TIME OF PANDEMICS

Moderator: Kersten Heineke, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Confirmed topics:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on future mobility solutions
  • How Movia uses Neural Networks-models to support social distancing requirements
  • Exploration of TomTom data to assess the impact of COVID-19 on traffic
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on public transport use in Sweden

THE LINK BETWEEN TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE AND URBAN PLANNING

Moderator: Otto Anker Nielsen, Professor, DTU, Department of Technology, Management and Economics

Confirmed topics:

  • Public Transport, Walking, and Urban Environments
  • Developing analysis of future transport infrastructure in urban context – Example: Copenhagen Metro
  • Intermodal transit hubs – a driver for urban life and development
  • By & Havn

Click here to visit the conference website for more information.

Three startups are ready to test their pilots across European cities!

Urban Radar, Nüwiel, and eParkomat have been selected as the winning participants from the Scale-up Hub programme that will receive up to 50.000€ in equity funding for implementing their pilot’s proposal to the City Club Challenges in the  European cities of Barcelona, Hamburg, and Ostrava, respectively.

Urban Radar, founded in France in 2018, is a cloud platform that revolutionises the way cities manage and regulate their mobility in response to the disrupting urban logistics demand. Their proposal is a pilot project to improve urban logistics by providing the pilot city, Barcelona, a custom-made platform for kerb management and logistics optimization.

For the city of Hamburg, the start-up selected is Nüwiel. Founded in 2016 in the same city where it will test their project, it provides innovative electric bike trailers, which offer a sustainable and reliable solution for transporting goods in urban areas.

Finally, the scale-up testing their pilot project in the city of Ostrava: eParkomat. Founded in Karvina in 2016, they help cities solve the parking problem by using AI & anonymized data of mobile operators, delivering real-time parking occupancy, as well as an analysis based on tracking of driver’s habits. They will implement their platform with the aim of helping drivers navigate directly to the location with highest probability of available parking and managing prices according to the real demand.

Their innovative approach to urban mobility has allowed them to be perceived as the most valuable projects for our cities. By the end of this year, we will be able to obtain their analyses and learn from this experience, that will have a positive impact on the citizens of these cities and, hopefully, a lot more in the coming years.

The Scale-up Hub programme is developed by the EIT Urban Mobility, an innovation community bringing together academia, research, businesses, and cities to work on innovative solutions for the mobility challenges facing cities. EIT Urban Mobility is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.

Internship: Media Content Planner

The intern Media Content Planner supports and reports to the Head of the Competence Hub and the Academy Director. The intern will support the generation and pacing/sequencing of the video content produced by the Competence Hub for the WebTV and our short programme portfolio. S/he will play an active role in making sure the video content we produce is impacting and entertaining. All the videos produced by the Competence Hub must be rigorous from a content and scientific/educational perspective. They also need to be short, well-balanced, and fast-paced, so that they are easy to watch and learn from. This is what the Intern Media Content Planner will focus on.     

How to apply

To apply for this internship, please send a full application consisting of a letter of motivation highlighting how your skills or experience matches the internship requirements and a current curriculum vitae to internship@eiturbanmobility.eu

All details can be found here: Call for applications and guidelines how to apply for Internship Media Content Planner

Deadline for applications: 25 September 2020

Location: Barcelona, Spain



Internship: Media editor/Publisher

The intern Media Editor/Publisher will support and report to the Head of the Competence Hub and the Academy Director. The primary focus will be to create, edit and publish the video content which is generated internally for the needs of our online activities (WebTV, short programmes, MOOCs). The secondary focus will be to support EIT Urban Mobility and its partners in the publishing of e-learning modules and courses (MOOCs, possibly short programmes), within the appropriate learning platforms.

How to apply

To apply for this internship, please send a full application consisting of a letter of motivation highlighting how your skills or experience matches the internship requirements and a current curriculum vitae to internship@eiturbanmobility.eu

All details can be found here: Call for applications and guidelines how to apply for Internship Media editor/Publisher

Deadline for applications: 25 September 2020

Location: Barcelona, Spain

EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme SPECIAL: COVID-19 kicks off with 23 high-calibre European startups

To address the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic EIT Urban Mobility has launched the “EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme SPECIAL: COVID-19” to support startups developing mobility solutions for COVID-19 related problems. 

From a pool of over 100 applicants, 23 startups have been selected for the programme, which hail from Spain to Sweden and all the way from Ireland to Israel. For the next three months they will receive a tailored programme including one-on-one coaching, mentoring, peer-to-peer learning, training, workshops, access to international startup and mobility events, and unique access to transport providers, cities and investors. The participating ventures will also profit from a specifically designed COVID-19 impact assessment, which is headed by Dr. Ursula Mühle, who is currently helping the German government to manage the effects of the Corona pandemic. 

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme SPECIAL: COVID-19 has kicked off successfully on 3 September 2020, and partners are excited to accelerate these 23 promising startups and scale-ups culminating with the final presentation at UnternehmerTUM’s ultimate demo day at the end of November. The programme is co-run by four European acceleration partners: Futurebox (DK), PoliHub (IT), Technion DRIVE Accelerator (ISR), and UnternehmerTUM (DE). 

Introduction to the selected startups:  

AxilionSmartMobility: “Reduce Traffic Congestion & Carbon Footprint with Disruptive AI & SaaS based Technology.”  

BlinkIn: “BlinkIn enables people to be there without going there.” 

CitySwift: “SwiftConnect provides passengers with predicted public transport vehicle demand and capacity information, allowing passengers to plan their journeys.” 

Dashfactory GmbH: “Dashbike is the first valid dashcam for cyclists that also has a StVZO conformal daytime running light and collects infrastructure data.” 

Elonroad AB: “Elonroad develops a high-tech electric road system – it auto charges all types of electric vehicles when parked as well as when driving.” 

European Health Group: “Our coating service prevents bacterial growth on highly used surfaces & all materials, killing viruses & bacteria & making our environment safer.”  

Hawa Dawa: “Digital tools to de-risk pollution + guide healthy routing choices among respiratory vulnerable groups using AI & datascience, IoT + satellite imagery” 

Isarsoft: “We make every camera count – Accurate video analytics solution for your business”  

Keyless Technologies: “Nothing to remember. Nothing to steal. You are the key.”  

Meep: “Meep creates mobile applications that integrate all available transport to and encourage a modal shift towards more sustainable and connected cities.” 

MOTIONTAG: “MOTIONTAG fuels innovation in the mobility sector to solve the climate challenge” 

MUV B Corp: “MUV turns safe & sustainable mobility into a Sport. It rewards responsible habits, certifies CO2 savings and helps Organizations to improve the World” 

Nemi “Flexibilizing public transport to make it more efficient, sustainable and inclusive”. 

Nielsen Concept: “Service B2B of electric bikes and connected bike shelters, 100% green with the concept of circular economy”  

The mission of Nielsen Concept is to improve the practice of individual and collective electric mobility and above all warn of the increase in carbon emissions 

NÜWIEL GmbH: “eTrailer is the first electric trailer for bikes with patented technology that enabling smart synchronized movement”  

Odo: “Sustainable and smart first/last mile solution that collects data about the city”  

PentaLock: “The ultimate bike security system inside the crank to prevent thefts” 

RideBee: “The default platform for your daily commute.RideBee is developing a platform for companies that supports the formation of carpools for employees and simplifies their daily organization.” 

Roll2Go: “The data-centric platform for mobility data fusion and predictive analytics”  

Saanize: “We develop simple solutions to the challenges our users meet every day”  

Scan Unic: “Our innovative research and design network develops all our technologies from concept to prototype stage.” 

UrbanRadar: “Mobility data analytics to beat congestion and improve air quality”  

VONZU Tech: “Empowering digitalization in the urban distribution of goods”