Successful testing and live demonstration for Automated Valet Parking Solution

Over the last term of 2020, Alexandru Forrai, local project manager from Siemens Industry Software and Services B.V. The Netherlands, together with his colleagues Irfan Mashood Badshah and Puneeth Nekkundi Somashekar completed the testing activities related to automated valet parking solution and invited the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub West to attend this demonstration, which is part of the UrbanSmartPark project.

Siemens could demonstrate once more that the dedicated software toolchain for development of automated driving functions could significantly reduce the development cycle and could allow a seamless deployment of the control algorithm on the test vehicle. Siemens was mainly responsible for the definition of verification and validation concept for the automated valet parking solution according to the functional safety standards ISO 26262 and SOTIF. The performed tests – both in the virtual environment and on the test track – could confirm the effectiveness and the efficiency of the new methodologies and solutions developed by Siemens, having a good potential to be applied by OEMs and TIER1 suppliers.   

Back in December 2020, the consortium of UrbanSmartPark presented their research results at the Landungsbrücken held in Hamburg. The NFF demonstrated its Automated On-Street Valet Parking function so that citizens and press representatives were invited to take a seat in the test vehicle TEASY 3 for a demo drive. The automated driving function starts at the S-Bahn station Landungsbrücken where the driver would theoretically request the service of Automated Valet Parking. The vehicle receives the location of the next free parking spot from the back end of Fraunhofer, drives autonomously to the parking area and performs the parking maneuver. The event received very positive feedback and gathered a lot of attention from the local press as well as from the citizens of Hamburg. For more information please check UrbanSmartPark – Vehicle automation as an enabler for future customer-centric parking-related services

This EIT Urban Mobility funded project has the following consortium partners: Škoda Auto (Czech Republic), Siemens (The Netherlands), NFF TU Braunschweig (Germany), Institute of Information Theory and Automation, Czech Republic (UTIA), Czech Technical University of Prague (ČVUT), Fraunhofer SCS (Germany) and city partners Hamburg (Germany) as well as Helmond (The Netherlands).   

Matteo Consonni will be moderating today at 16:00 CET at El mundo que viene: La movilidad del futuro

The virtual event “El mundo que viene: La movilidad del futuro”, organised BStartup de Banco Sabadell y Startup Valencia, will take place on the 19 January 2021 at 16:00 CET.

Matteo Consonni, Business Creation Manager at EIT Urban Mobility, will moderate a session with other high level panelists and experts in the sector:

  • Pep Gómez, CEO y founder de Reby 
  • Mar Alarcón CEO y founder de SocialCar
  • Juan Bueno, CEO y founder de Myrentgo Mobility y asesor estratégico de movilidad de Cities Forum
  • Ignacio Boneu,  European Marketing Manager de Ford Smart Mobility

During this session we will cover important topics, such as:

  • How public administration can support startups and innovation
  • The importance of regulation
  • Megatrends in urban mobility
  • The impact of covid in city mobility
  • The interaction between startups and corporates and between public and private sectors to foster innovation in urban mobility
Learn more about this event and register now!

Request for proposals: Selection of a framework contract for moderators and event facilitators

EIT Urban Mobility wishes to appoint external moderators/ facilitators to support our work across a portfolio of activities covering Innovation, Business Creation, Education, Citizen Engagement, City Club, Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS), and Factory. Independent external moderators/facilitators may assist in a wide array of activities such as events, meetings, workshops, etc. Skills, professional experience, and expertise linked to any of EIT Urban Mobility’s priorities are welcome.

The subject of the agreement is to develop a portfolio of moderators/facilitators for EIT Urban Mobility events. These events can have different shapes, audiences, and objectives, such as online and physical events, interactive workshops, matchmaking events, panel debates, meetings, conferences, or seminars. These can consist of big events, consisting of 250+ participants to interactive workshops with small groups.

This list of types of events is not exhaustive but includes some different formats for which we would need a moderator/facilitator or take the role of Master of Ceremony, including tasks such as chairing, moderating, debating, interviewing and presenting.

Applicants are required to indicate what type of events are experts on. They do not need to be able to cover all types of events/meetings /workshops.

Participation in this procedure is open to all interested applicants.

Note that the deadline has been extended with one day – to 20 January 2021.

All information can be found in the Request for Proposals document below:

Request for Proposals: Selection of a framework contract for moderators and event facilitators

Deadline for submissions: EXTENDED! 20 January 2021 at 16:00 Central European Time

Videos of the first EIT Urban Mobility Annual Summit now available!

Our flagship event of the year gathered 920 people from over 50 countries around the globe, and 67,000 people were reached over these two days by our social media. Our virtual platform hosting our first annual Summit welcomed 2,284 multiple logins, 74 exhibitors, gave the floor to 71 speakers on 9 and 10 December, and 38 speakers on 11 December for the Partners Networking Day, which was only open to partners and on invitation only.

In total, 10 hours of live video meetings were held. These live meetings have enabled up to 160 connections among the participants to our Summit.

All in all, technology allowed us once again to embrace the extended urban mobility ecosystem from a distance and to exchange insights and views on how we can contribute to make sustainable urban mobility a reality. It has also made clear that “to go fast, you should go alone, but to go far, you should go together. We believe that there is no other way than going fast together to go far, as EIT Urban Mobility Chief Executive Officer, Maria Tsavachidis stated in her welcoming speech.

We also collected a lot of valuable feedback and many valuable insights from both speakers and participants, that makes us feel more confident about the way to follow to make sustainable urban mobility at the disposal of citizens a reality.  

In the morning of 10 December, our audience had the privilege to be the first to hear the Director General of the European Commission for Transport and Mobility debating about the EU´s Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy that had been adopted the day before by the European Commission, which will pave the way towards a mobility compatible with the European climate-neutrality ambition. A strategy supporting urban mobility and making cities more liveable and citizens’ lives easier, as Henrik Hololei, Director General for Mobility and Transport at the European Commission, stated during the institutional session. We certainly understood that “cities need to be the reflection of citizens’ needs”, as Anna Lisa Boni, Secretary General of Eurocities said.

To make all this possible, further collaboration on urban mobility between the public and private sector is needed, as Karima Delli, Chairwoman of the TRAN Committee at the European Parliament, stated.  This session has also been the occasion for Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General of UITP, to describe his vision for the way we will move around in 2030: people in cities will be moving less, move more locally and mainly walk, in cities while the speed limit will be 30 km/h, with less privately-owned cars, and the road will be shared with public transport.

We also had time to reflect on how our unexpected guest of 2020, COVID-19, has impacted our lives and the ways we understand mobility and safety in urban spaces. We learned more about how entrepreneurs and startups have become this year’s heroes by working on developing solutions that could neutralise the spread of the virus.

We explored the views of young researchers on urban mobility. The researchers that are putting their ideas at the disposal of creating solutions that help organisations build more efficient and sustainable means of urban mobility. And we learnt from others who have implemented successful strategies on urban mobility, which will enable cities to provide better mobility opportunities to their citizens.

The golden closing of these very thrilling days was the InnovaCity Awards Final. Innovacity is a 2.5 day hackathon-style workshop providing participants with the essential skills of design thinking and the opportunity to apply these skills while working to solve the biggest mobility challenges became our winner for this year. Amongst all the candidates, it was HelsinKey who won the Innovacity Awards. HelsinKey helps restore people´s trust in public transport with a user engagement platform combining elements of storytelling, communication, and community interaction.

On another note, and running in parallel, on 9 December, Dorine Duives, leader of the CityFlows project, was revealed as the winner of the second prize of the EIT Awards in the category Women Leader and Entrepreneurship. Click here to read more.

The EIT Urban Mobility Summit 2020 is now behind us. This year has taught us how important it is to be connected. Therefore, the EventsAir platform where our summit was hosted, will remain open for some more days, so you will be able to continue to interact with other peers. Presentations and videos will also be made available shortly. Stay tuned!

Once again, on behalf of the EIT Urban Mobility Summit 2020 team, thanks for joining us!

Internship: Media and Learning Management System

The intern for Media and Learning Management System (LMS) will be part of the Academy team and support and report to the Head of the Competence Hub and the Academy Director.

The primary focus of the intership will be help to create, edit and publish the video content which is generated internally for the needs of our online training activities (WebTV, Small Free Online Courses, MOOCs). The secondary focus will be to support the Competence Hub and our partners in the publishing of e-learning contents and courses (Small Free Online Courses, MOOCs), within the appropriate e-learning platforms. We are currently using an internal LMS based on Moodle and operating some of our online courses through Coursera, Future Learn and other partner proprietary 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 and LMS

Deadline for applications: 29 January 2021

Location: Barcelona, Spain

MOBY, helping cities assess e-micromobility!

In the MOBY (living lab e-micromobility) project, conditions for e-micromobile usage concerning regulatory, planning, safety, legal- and financial aspects have been analysed. Several outputs and publications were created within the work-packages of the project.

Cities now count on the support of a framework to be used for the assessment of the current situation of e-micromobility in the cities useful for municipalities. Furthermore, an extensive user survey was conducted in the cities of Munich, Copenhagen, Tel-Aviv, Budapest, Barcelona and Stockholm and data were collected for informing about the typical usage forms of e-micromobility, useful for decision makers and urban planners.

Best practices and results of e-micromobile integration potentials haven been intentified and analysed with calculations and visualisations. Proposals on how transport, and particularly public transport, can be strengthened and made more attractive if e-micromobility is integrated into the traffic systems of European cities in an appropriate way have also been put forward.

Specific safety aspects of e-micromobility, inluding an analysis and understanding of main safety problems and priorities have been established based on accident frequencies, severities and suitable measures and techniques / technologies for safety improvement were derived. Finally, a conference was organised by UnternehmerTUM on 12 November 2020 which disseminated results of the MOBY project.

All related MOBY reports are now available!

Overview of e-micromobility related conditions and constraints: The specific conditions and solutions in the field of e-micromobility have been mapped. The analysis consisted of two parts, first the regulatory, planning, financial conditions for usage of these new transport modes were assessed, then the mobility related requirements including user needs and travel behaviour were discovered. Read the full report here.

European City Dialogue on Micromobility organised as a conference of the innovation project MOBY — Living lab e-micromobility: This publication summarises the conference European City Dialogue on Micromobility organised by UnternehmerTUM on 12 November 2020 above mentioned. Read the full report here.

Living lab e-micromobility – MOBY Guideline of best practices, and results of e-micromobility integration potentials: In this report, an in-depth review of research and statistics are used to illustrate how e-micromobility has become an integral part of urban mobility systems. We argue that e-micromobility should be seen as a new mode of transportation, that responds to widespread demand for multimodal urban transport. In combination with other transport modes, e-micromobility could constitute an important part of an attractive alternative to private motoring and fossil-fueled vehicles.

In line with the above, this study provides examples of e-micromobility best practices from European cities (including Tel Aviv), as well as examples of the problems and complaints that e-micromobility has been met with. As a summary of lessons learnt, we present (at the end of the report) a toolkit for regulations, policies etc. that will help release the potential of micromobility as a vital part of sustainable, intermodal urban transport.​ Read the full report here.

E-Micromobility Safety Assessment: This report describes the performed safety analysis, infrastructure assessment and the review of the available technologies, considering the safety main priorities, allowing the proposal of effective safety measures. Read the full report here.

Learn more about the project.

Request for Proposals: Payroll, administration, and bookkeeping services

By the present procurement procedure, the EIT Urban Mobility S.L., (hereby being referred to as “EIT UM”) is expecting to appoint one sole provider (hereby being referred to as “the contractor”) for the realisation of the services set in the Request for Proposals document provided below, in section 2.1.1 and are expected to be implemented as stated in Section 2.1.2.

The contractor is expected to give a one-stop-shop service to EIT UM for the render of services on the following topics:

  • Integrated management and coordination of the services. The contractor will be responsible for providing one-stop-shop management and coordination of the services, developing framework for an integrated management and coordination of the services to the EIT UM S.L and the 5 CLCs limited liability companies, that will guarantee the quality and track of the service and the continuous improvement which will guarantee bi-weekly report to the managing directors of 5 CLCs limited liability companies on the invoices and payment processes, and monthly report on the accounts and payroll and follow up on the service development and continuous improvement. In addition, the contractor will put in place a helpdesk/ticketing system. The project manager of this contract will be the manager and coordinator of the service, and main point of contact. The contractor will define a client support and communication service to the 5 CLCs limited liability companies and the EIT UM S.L.
  • Payroll services. The contractor will also be responsible for the provision of payroll services for Fiscal Year 2021 to the EIT UM and its 5 CLCs.
  • Administration and Bookkeeping services. The contractor will be responsible for the bookkeeping and the general administration services of all the legal entities covered by this procedure, namely the EIT Urban Mobility Association, the EIT UM and its 5 CLCs for Fiscal Year 2021, with an extension of the services to the first Quarter of the following year for those services related to the closing of the accounts and the filing of Tax declarations.

It shall be noted that EIT Urban Mobility S.L, as part of the EIT, is funded by the European Commission. As such, all principles around financial rules and regulations are governed by Horizon Europe.

All information can be found in the Request for Proposals document below:

Request for Proposals: Payroll, administration, and bookkeeping services

Deadline for submissions: 6 January 2021 at 16:00 Central European Time

Get involved in EIT Urban Mobility!

Are you interested in getting involved in EIT Urban Mobility? Do you want to get more information on what we do and how to get involved?

We have developed a brochure explaining who we are, what we do, where we are based, why to get involved and how to get in touch with us.

Download the brochure here!

URBAN MOBILITY NEXT SERIES: ACCELERATING LONG-LASTING CHANGE

The Accelerating long-lasting change report is the first edition of the Urban Mobility Next series, that provides practitioners with exclusive content on cutting edge urban mobility issues.

The report is based on the insights and experience of EIT Urban Mobility partners, exploring pathways for the urban mobility transition, including main bottlenecks that need to be addressed and opportunities that can be seized.

The paper is built around the structural determinants of mobility transformations, and the objective of shaping liveable urban spaces, a long-term goal for EIT Urban Mobility. It explores improvement potentials in areas relating to urban mobility planning processes, infrastructure deployment, stakeholder interactions, and the piloting of innovative solutions.

The report also addresses current mobility trends and new collaboration methods that offer opportunities to shape more liveable urban spaces, and to drive a lasting change in urban mobility for people and goods. Transformation areas are illustrated with specific projects supported by EIT Urban Mobility, that contribute to the sustainable urban mobility transition through real-world transformation and best practice sharing.

Welcome batch #2 to the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme!

From more than 250 applications from all over Europe and associated countries EIT Urban Mobility selected the 25 most-promising startups to be part of the second cohort of this 6-month accelerator programme. The founder teams will benefit from financial support, mentoring, coaching, expert workshops, free office space, access to local ecosystems and infrastructure, and a lot more provided by the acceleration partners in the five Innovations Hubs.

All the teams and their dedicated founders are solving mobility-related problems with innovations that make our lives easier and happier:

Innovation Hub Central

  • AWAKE Mobility (Germany)
    AWAKE Mobility is developing a predictive maintenance platform for city-bus operators in order to help them prevent vehicle breakdowns in the field. Their vision is a world of undisturbed transportation, where passengers don’t have to suffer from delays caused by technical issues.
    Learn more: https://www.awakemobility.de/
  • Blink Last Mile (Italy)
    Last-mile delivery is a bottleneck for B2C e-commerce: a key part of the online purchasing experience, but express couriers struggle with it. Blink Last Mile democratises sustainable same-day delivery for non-Amazon e-tailers, with a “relay race” exploiting heavy and light vehicles.
    Learn more: https://www.blinklastmile.com/
  • Bluedot (Turkey)
    The AirBnB of charging stations for electric car users: The Bluedot app connects all charging stations into a single network, enabling owners to share and monetize them.
    Learn more: https://thebluedot.co/
  • Moovster GmbH (Germany)
    Moovster wants to make mobility in cities more sustainable and rewarding by creating a win-win situation for cities, city dwellers, and companies with a new mobility platform. A flexible mobility budget, e.g. from the employer, or as a privately booked mobility package, enables the use of all existing mobility services as a real alternative to the own car or company car. The Moovster App rewards particularly sustainable mobility decisions with attractive rewards, similar to Miles-and-More.
    Learn more: http://moovster.com
  • Securaxis (Switzerland)
    Securaxis turns ‘sound’ into actionable insights for monitoring, and the exploitation of urban sound to improve cities’ operations while saving money and to answer citizens’ worries about privacy and sustainability.
    The technology combines accoustics with advanced artificial intelligence and IoT (Internet of Things) to add the missing layer to smart cities: the hearing, sounds analytics, allowing for detection, recognition, and localization of specific sounds in any kind of environment.
    Learn more: https://www.securaxis.com

Acceleration partners Innovation Hub Central: UnternehmerTUM / XPRENEURS, ENEA, ISBAK, Polihub, TU Munich.

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Innovation Hub East

  • BringAuto is a startup whose mission is to make people’s lives easier by bringing robots into cities. DringAuto designs and produces automotive delivery robots for last-mile delivery which significantly decreases the cost of delivery.
    Learn more: https://www.bringauto.com
  • Dashfactory’s vision is to digitize bicycle traffic, to make cycling safer and more attractive while also improving the cycling infrastructure. The Dashbike technology of event-related and legally compliant video recording, including all metadata as well as the simultaneous collection of daily updated infrastructure data in the required quantity, is to be extended to other means of transportation.
    Learn more: https://www.dashbike.de/
  • In the present times – the era of rapid development of urban agglomerations – an increasing number of European cities know the problem of smog. Due to this, they have introduced zero-emission zones and have moved transport into the communication network. For several years, FSE has been involved in projects related to ecological transport and audits in the field of changing the electric fleet to electrical ones. They can help local governments and companies to introduce electric cars from their product portfolio to their fleet. Lear more: https://fs-e.pl
  • Meter Solutions Kft (Hungary)
    MET3R ZenCharge is a demand-side response system that uses IoT, machine learning, and predictive analytics to optimise EV charging and match it with distributed renewable generation. ZenCharge is a SaaS product for fleet operators and energy network managers.
    Learn more: https://met3r.com
  • QLX GmbH (Germany)
    QLX’s software allows you to interactively design and visualise roads, railways, power lines, and pipelines three-dimensionally, with a simultaneous calculation of costs and scheduling in real-time and with broad automation. This means achieving optimised results in lighting speed and effortlessly. The instant calculation of environmental impact and the real-time 3D visualisation enables you to optimise and communicate the planning objectives with decision-makers, specialist planners, and stakeholders.
    http://www.smarttrass.com/qlx

Acceleration partners Innovation Hub East: Zone Cluster, EcoMotion, PowerHub, SpinLab.

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Innovation Hub North

  • Gordian Logistics Optimisation Systems
    Gordian is a DeepTech software startup that makes transport planning easy and effective by untangling millions of movement traces. Their products are based on proprietary movement data analytics and AI. They provide benefits to their customers by making planning easy, interactive, and evidence-based. Plans derived with their products are up to five times more cost-effective than those of their competitors and can result in savings of megatons in CO2-emissions or billions of Euros in costs.
    Learn more: https://www.thegordian.io/
  • InnoBrain
    With the introduction of autonomous and teleoperated vehicles, drivers are either removed or they control the vehicles from distance. That brings two main challenges during product development and surveillance: 1) Tracking drivers’ performance in teleoperated situations and 2) subjective assessment of vehicles from the passengers’ perspective. InnoBrain offers a Neuro-AI based platform to directly track and evaluate the cognitive and emotional status of teleoperation drivers as well as passengers.
    Learn more: http://www.cogniuse.com
  • Peregrine Technologies
    Peregrine Technologies is a Berlin-based AI technology company that is improving road safety and minimising CO2 emissions in cities. By deriving context from real-time traffic scene imagery, they prevent and avoid the likelihood of high-risk events in traffic. They automatically remove personal information in imagery, e.g. faces and license plates, making their service GDPR compliant. Peregrine is set out to support drivers and fleet operators to save lives and money.
    Learn more: https://peregrine.ai/
  • Skipit
    The world’s first urban mobility app specifically targeted at the travel and tourism market: They empower their users with a “Global Oystercard and Journey Planner”. They grant access to multiple public transport networks and low carbon modes of transport, so their customers can explore cities with confidence and, at the same time, fight climate change.
    Learn more: https://skipit.cc/
  • TELEPORT Mobility AB
    Teleport’s battery swapping system lowers operations costs, minimises environmental impact, and enables increased utilisation of shared electric scooters and bikes.
    Learn more: http://www.teleportmobility.eu

Acceleration partners Innovation Hub North: Aalto Startup Center, Aalto University, Helsinki City, KTH Innovation, Stockholm City

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Innovation Hub South

  • Advanced Services In MOBility – ASIMOB (Spain)
    ASIMOB applies new technologies, such as AI and IoT, to the digitalisation and automation of road inspection tasks that road managers/ operators still perform manually. This is the case for traffic sign inspections or location and evaluation of irregularities in the road surface. Using lightweight, low-cost onboard sensing equipment, ASIMOB automates these tasks and generates digital evidence of each inspection, enabling early risk awareness and the optimisation of road maintenance tasks.
    Learn more: http://asimob.es/
  • Bia (Spain)
    Through AI and co-optimisation, Bia unlocks the full potential of electromobility for a successful clean energy transition. They optimise EV charging for the cheapest and greenest charge, smoothest loads, and lowest battery degradation. Their platform provides charging & grid operators with EV load and flexibility forecasting and aggregate control.
    Learn more: https://www.biapower.io/
  • MUV B-Corp (Italy)
    MUV turns sustainable mobility into a Sport. It gives organisations and brands the opportunity to contribute to enhancing people’s healthy behaviours, reducing pollution, and improving cities’ liveability. 
    As easy as if they were playing a mobile app game. Citizens train their sustainable mobility talent, play real tournaments, and get rewarded like real-world athletes.
    CO2 reduction is monitored by using a certified methodology and mobility data is open to public administrations to improve policies.
    Learn more: https://www.muvgame.com/
  • Pavnext (Portugal)
    Promoting safer, smarter, and more sustainable cities.
    Learn more: https://www.pavnext.com/
  • Solum (Spain)
    Solum is a smart green energy provider for micro-mobility fleets. Thanks to its in-house developed technology, a solar mat, Solum can install an autonomous charging station at any location without disturbing the urban environment.
    Learn more: https://www.solumpv.com

 Acceleration partners Innovation Hub South: UPC – Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, CARNET, CTAG and UPF.

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Innovation Hub West

  • OTIV
    OTIV is a Belgian based AI company improving the safety, efficiency, and affordability of railway transport in complex urban and industrial environments by teaching vehicles to drive autonomously using off-the-shelf hardware and proprietary software and algorithms.
    Learn more: https://www.otiv.ai
  • Qarin BV
    Qarin is a young organisation focused on providing mobility solutions. They believe that everyone should have the opportunity to use public transportation services, and therefore they are focused on integrating people with reduced mobility. They offer help on the way, they take care of the first- and the last mile and they help people with transitions between different transport operators.
    Learn more: https://www.qarin.nl/nl/
  • Skialabs
    The most flexible software for waste management. Built using reinforcement learning and state-of-the-art optimisation.
    Learn more: https://www.skialabs.com
  • Swugo
    Electric bicycles cost up to 10x the minute the monthly wage in many EU countries, stifling any real hope of mass adoption. Their unique technology stack and service delivery model allows them to transform anyone’s bicycle into an electric bike for less than a monthly TV subscription – kicking off the next cycling revolution!
    Learn more: https://www.swugo.com
  • XYZ Dynamics B.V.
    XYZ Dynamics is leading sustainable mobility with the development of the AxLectric. The AxLectric is a retrofit add-on electric powertrain for LCVs. It will guarantee full-electric driving in zero-emission zones, because of its intelligent EMS – GEO Fencing system. This makes it possible for fleet owners such as construction workers to keep performing their work with their existing vehicles. The AxLectric is connecting the city and transport and helps governments reach their stated goals.
    Learn more: https://xyzdynamics.nl/

Acceleration partners Innovation Hub West: TU/e, Brainport, City of Amsterdam and AMS.

We are looking forward to six months of intense collaboration and support to these teams to solve urban mobility related problems that affect us all in Europe.

Find out more about the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme here.

A gig bike helped to celebrate a more hospitable Christmas in Bergamo and Bilbao

InlcusivEBike is a four wheel ebike made of carbon fiber with a tail robotic ramp capable to carry up to 350kg and equipped with the most advances safety and drive assistance innovation capable to boost the transition toward a new self-driving personalized micro mobility service dedicated to the most vulnerable people  

Running a pilot in December in the North of Italy on a tandem bike carrying frail people seems a crazy idea. Especially, if you consider that the weather forecast was not giving any option except a roaring rain and floods alert. Moreover, mobility restrictions were not over but they were even reinforced due to the second COVID19 wave.

But a city like Bergamo that suffered more than thre thousand victims generated by COVID19 decided not to hesitate and, on the contrary, it was eager to show that is able to stand up and rise again. Moreover Bergamo knows that the only option to reborn is to do it with along the most vulnerable ones. They are aware of that none can be left behind. Thes also know that the receipt to boost the economy of this flourished area again is to start from the innovation devoted to decarbonization and new green spill over ecosystem.

InclusivEbike is a project funded by Urban Mobility Kic, coordinated by TECNALIA research center and led by 4 italian companies such as Bosch Vht, One Less Van, Axiro and AESS.

Thanks to its co-design participatory approach the Municipalities succeeded to involve several key stakeholders (day care centres for people with special needs, disabled parents associations, Red Cross and other frail people dedicated transport company) since its early stage, less then 6 month ago.

“We were very scared by the end users’ feedbacks due to many concerns collected during the consultation about safety, cage design and the limited mileage of the vehicle. It was a nice surprise, though, to realise of the great enthusiasm from Andrea, a 33 years old guy in a wheelchair from birth, who defined this prototype as a buggy bike:  extremely funny, capable to offer a 360° view and a real feeling of cycling never experienced before in his case.”

If we consider that 30% of the EU population will be over 65 years old by 2030, and they will therefore enter that segment of the population that is considered potentially fragile, we must think that solutions for the disabled are not only a necessity of a niche, but represent an important growing market. The results of InclusivEbike are therefore very promising, and this is the first step towards seeing this type of vehicle on our streets rather sooner than later. This will reduce the impact of transport within cities and promote more user-friendly, accessible and sustainable environments”.

In Bilbao, the driving assistance system has been tested extensively on last mile cargo bike as well, and the pilot has been carried out by El Arenal. The Deputy Major and councillor responsible for the Department of Mobility and Sustainability, Alfonso Gil, highlighted the importance of this type of projects to achieve sustainable, healthy and accessible mobility in our cities. “Committing to bicycles as a means of transport, in this case for last mile delivery, and demonstrating that universal accessibility is possible are challenges that we need to tackle and overcome”, he said.

It is then necessary that the Municipalities start re-thinking shared micro-mobility solutions, which might not satisfy only fitting people, but which might allow the experimentation of new solutions that can offer services dedicated to people with reduce mobility for the first time. During the first lockdown, the municipalities were able to show the courage and responsibility to keep their key leading role, in front of those who do not want change, by creating ciclying paths and new services to allow a new type of green transport.

InclusivEbike offers the possibility to authorize new transport services with driver (NCC). Testing this new mobility services could highly contribute to the job market, a huge challenge in the crisis we are going through.

Join the webinars organised by SOUL project

The EIT Urban Mobility project “SOUL – Smart Mobility Hub Platform” invites all interested stakeholders to attend today and tomorrow the following two webinars organised by its consortium:

  • 14/12: “SOUL: a DSS to plan and implement Smart Multimodal Mobility Hubs”. The webinar will present the SOUL DSS, an expert decision support system able to post‐process different type of data to ensure a robust Digital Ecosystem and provide a reliable tool, scalable to different city size and needs. The system is able to support stakeholders and public administration involved in urban and mobility planning processes in transforming mobility hubs from ordinary places of connectivity to integrated suite of mobility services.
  • 15/12: ‘’SOUL: a project to trasform Smart Mobility Hubs”. The webinar will reflect the needs that modern cities have when dealing with Smart Mobility Hubs development and management. It will provide a good insight not only on the existing barriers in the implementation of Smart Hubs, but as well a sound framework of action to allow cities to answer an up-to-date question: “How can data exploitation enable future urban mobility systems to be more collaborative, user centred, eco efficient and safe?”.

Join cities, companies and EIT Urban Mobility members participating in the webinars and know more about the project’s activities and results.

The events are held on Microsoft Teams Platform and runsin English language. The webinars are free and open to anyone. Registration and further details at https://www.fondazionepolitecnico.it/en/events/