PRESS RELEASE: Technical readiness of artificial intelligence, lack of investments, and insufficient data quality slow down EU businesses in global AI race.

Madrid, Spain, 21 September 2021 – A new report by EIT Urban Mobility [1] reveals businesses in the EU need better data collection and processing capabilities to reap the full benefits of artificial Intelligence (AI). 60% of experts surveyed for the report identified the lack of technical feasibility – the ability of AI solutions to competently carry out tasks – as the biggest barrier to AI solution deployment, followed by poor data availability and quality (50%).

According to industry experts, budget constraints (30%) is the next most important barrier to the development and deployment of AI in Europe, which confirms an earlier analysis by the European Investment Bank stressing the lack of investments in AI at EU level. Targeted investments to improve collection and processing of data by European businesses are crucial to catch up with AI leaders China and the US.

Main barriers for deploying AI solutions are lack of technical feasibility, lack of data availability, poor data quality & integrity, and budget constraints.

The report was launched today at the Digitalisation and Artificial Intelligence event in Madrid by EIT Urban Mobility, in collaboration with Siemens Mobility and with the participation of Maria José Rallo, General secretary of Transportation and Mobility at the Spanish Ministry of Transportation, Mobility, and Urban Agenda and Torsten Klimke, Head of Innovation and Research Unit of DG MOVE at the European Commission.

The report builds on a survey of more than 60 European experts in the fields of urban mobility, climate, manufacturing, and health. In the mobility sector, AI applications are mostly used for user-centric mobility services, traffic and logistics forecasts, on-demand bus services, vehicle tracking on transport networks, or self-driving car technologies such as automated valet parking.

In the wake of AI’s rapid uptake in recent years, industry experts identified cybersecurity (73%), compliance (55%), and personal privacy (55%) as the three top risks arising from AI development and deployment. To face these risks, European businesses need competent staff equipped with the necessary AI knowledge and skills. One in five experts think their company needs to invest more in AI talents and training.

Dr. Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, said: “The Recovery plans are a unique opportunity to strengthen EU´s efforts to leverage the vast opportunities of artificial intelligence, and to upskill the workforce. EIT Urban Mobility looks forward to supporting policymakers and business leaders in accelerating AI uptake to provide better, citizen-centred mobility services.”

In addition to the Next Generation EU recovery package that will assist Member States’ green and digital transformation, the European Commission proposed in spring 2021 a harmonization of rules for AI, and launched a new EU funding instrument of up to €150 million to support AI early and growth companies in Europe.

[1] The report can be accessed here

Press Contact Details:

Yoann Le Petit, Business Development Manager ‐ E: yoann.lepetit@eiturbanmobility.eu ‐ T: +49 176 63615408

New EIT Community Hub in Budapest to support more innovators in Central and Eastern Europe

The EIT Community Hub in Hungary officially opened its doors today in Budapest, bringing together four Knowledge and Innovation Communities (KICs) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) under one roof. The EIT Community Hub will intensify knowledge sharing, business creation and acceleration and innovation partnerships in healthcare, climate, urban mobility and raw materials to support more entrepreneurs and SMEs across Central and Eastern Europe.

The EIT was created by the European Union to boost Europe’s ability to innovate by bringing together business, education and research to find cutting-edge solutions to pressing global challenges. It has become Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, and in recent years its activities have played an important role in developing Hungary’s innovation ecosystem, including channelling over EUR 40 million of funding and supporting over 100 promising local start-ups. EIT Community-supported ventures have gone on to attract a further EUR 2.4 million of investments to Hungary.

‘The EIT Community Hub in Hungary exemplifies the EIT’s unique innovation model with the close cooperation of four Innovation Communities supporting innovators at all stages of their journey. Collaboration makes us stronger: students and entrepreneurs with innovative ideas will benefit from this new Hub and I look forward to seeing the results and more ground-breaking innovations emerging from Central and Eastern Europe’ – said EIT Director Martin Kern.

The EIT Community Hub in Hungary, located in Budapest’s Infopark, will house 50 highly skilled innovation specialists representing four EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities:

The EIT Community Hub is coordinated by EIT Health, which has also made Budapest its regional headquarters in the Central, Eastern and Southern European region – known as ‘InnoStars’. Its key regional activities include recognised start-up competitions such as EIT Jumpstarter and the InnoStars Awards.

Hungary is like a goldmine of talents and early-stage start-ups with innovative ideas. Again and again we find rising stars with prospects to expand internationally. In this phase, no matter which industry they work in, they have similar challenges: pricing strategy, a sustainable business model, a well-balanced team, and networking. We are there to help. With four innovation communities working together, we are able to better address start-ups’ needs and move teams to another level where they are ready to catch investors’ interest and be able to conquer the market. This is the first EIT Community Hub in the CEE, which indicates the strategic importance of the region’ – underlined Balázs Zoltán Fürjes, EIT Health InnoStars Director.

Some 40 organisations are partnering with the EIT Community Hub in Hungary, including top companies, universities and research centres in Hungary such as Semmelweis University, the University of Debrecen, MOL, GE Healthcare, Ericsson and Nokia, among others.

About the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT)

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) strengthens Europe’s ability to innovate by powering solutions to pressing global challenges and by nurturing entrepreneurial talent to create sustainable growth and skilled jobs in Europe. The EIT is an EU body and an integral part of Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. The Institute supports dynamic pan-European partnerships and EIT Knowledge and Innovation Communities, working with leading companies, research labs and universities. Together with partners, the EIT Community offers a wide range of innovation and entrepreneurship activities across Europe: entrepreneurial education courses, business creation and acceleration services, and innovation-driven research projects.

About EIT Climate-KIC

EIT Climate-KIC is the EU’s climate innovation initiative, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon and resilient world by enabling systems transformation. Headquartered in Amsterdam, it operates from 13 hubs across Europe and is active in 39 countries. EIT Climate-KIC was established in 2010 and is predominately funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. As a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC), it brings together more than 400 partners from business, academia, the public and non-profit sectors to create networks of expertise, through which innovative products, services and systems are developed, brought to market and scaled up for impact. Find out more at: www.climate-kic.org

About EIT Health

EIT Health is a network of best-in-class health innovators with approximately 150 partners, supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). We collaborate across borders to deliver new solutions that can enable European citizens to live longer, healthier lives. As Europeans tackle the challenge of increasing chronic disease and multi-morbidity, and seek to realise the opportunities that technology offers to move beyond conventional approaches to treatment, prevention and healthy lifestyles, we need thought leaders, innovators and efficient ways to bring innovative healthcare solutions to market. EIT Health addresses these needs. We connect all relevant healthcare players across European borders – making sure to include all sides of the “knowledge triangle” so that innovation can happen at the intersection of research, education and business for the benefit of citizens. Find out more at: www.eithealth.eu

About EIT Raw Materials

EIT Raw Materials is developing raw materials into a major strength for Europe. Minerals, metals and advanced materials are key enablers to achieve the objectives of the European Green Deal. Our ambition is to secure sustainable raw materials supply by driving innovation, education and entrepreneurship along the value chain. We create a collaborative environment for breakthrough innovations by connecting business with academia, research and investment. We are strengthening Europe’s industrial competitiveness, innovation capacity and human capital base. Our company is committed to supporting Europe’s transition to a circular, green and digital economy whilst strengthening its global competitiveness. On these foundations, EIT Raw Materials has been mandated by the European Commission to lead and manage the European Raw Materials Alliance (ERMA). Find out more at: www.eitrawmaterials.eu

About EIT Urban Mobility

EIT Urban Mobility aims to accelerate solutions and the transition towards a user-centric, integrated and truly multimodal transport system. As the leading European innovation community for urban mobility, EIT Urban Mobility works to avoid fragmentation by facilitating collaboration between cities, industry, academia, research and innovation to solve the most pressing mobility challenges of cities. Using cities as living labs, its industry, research and university partners will demonstrate how new technologies can work to solve real problems in real cities by transporting people, goods and waste in smarter ways. Find out more at: www.eiturbanmobility.eu

More information:  

Marta Kaczmarek, Communications Lead, EIT Health InnoStars, marta.kaczmarek@eithealth.eu +48 692 821 598

Monika Varga, Senior PR Manager, Weber Shandwick Hungary, monika.varga@wshungary.hu +36 30 488 11 30

The Urban Mobility Innovation Framework 1.0 released!

Cities and startups are natural partners for driving the next wave of innovation that has the potential to improve the lives of billions of people

Are you a startup, aspiring founder or organisation working in the Urban Mobility/Govtech/B2G space? Or just generally interested in driving innovation in cities and municipalities?

An interdisciplinary team at UnternehmerTUM and MakerSpace supported by EIT Urban Mobility has been interviewing startups and city representatives over the past few months, trying to understand the challenges facing both groups and what can be done to simplify collaboration and accelerate the implementation of new solutions. Along the way, we’ve spoken to some very interesting people, uncovered key trends and a whole list of challenges that cities are facing. These learnings have resulted in The Urban Mobility Innovation Framework 1.0 – a framework to help cities/municipalities more quickly identify problems and co-create solutions.

We’ve summarised the partner interviews, trends, painpoints and challenges in a whitepaper titled ‘Going Small to Go Big’. Special thanks to EIT Urban Mobility, Ilona Kemps, Marius Sylvestersen, Uwe Montag, Manuela Hiesch, Adrienne Schmoeker, Daan Wijnants, Julien Piacentino, Phillippe Rapin, Robin Chase, James Hill, Daniel Wolpert, Florian Becke, Vincent Zenkner and Michael Lorentschk.

Download the whitepaper here.

We’re also launching our first pre-incubation programme for startups working on solutions in this space. The EIT Urban Mobility Prototyping Crash Course is a virtual program which helps early-stage innovators and startups in the Urban Mobility, Govtech, & B2G fields bridge the gap between the initial idea and the MVP/ pilot project phase. Promising teams and individuals will also have the opportunity to participate in the XPlore Bootcamp and receive support and coaching in developing their business plans, MVP & marketing strategies, presentation & pitch coaching. Applications for the Xplore Pre-Incubation programme close on 29 August 2021.

City Club Webinar Series

The City Club has organised their first Webinar Series to share city experience within the community and present the early outcomes of the ongoing EIT Urban Mobility’s innovation projects. This activity aimed to foster city-to-city learning and collaboration on common objectives and areas of interest on disruptive innovations in urban mobility. It provided City Club members with the opportunity to share knowledge, as well as insights about the challenges and implementation barriers faced some major European cities and regions.

During three consecutive Wednesdays (21 July, 28 July, and 4 August), City Club members engaged in a dynamic discussion on Liveable Spaces and Active Mobility, Future Mobility and User-centric Solutions and Integrated Mobility. 

The City Club members are Amsterdam, Barcelona, AMB – Barcelona Metropolitan Area, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Hamburg, Helmond, Helsinki, Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Milan, Munich, Stockholm, Toulouse Metropolis, City and Eurometropolis of Strasbourg, Lublin, Stuttgart, and Public Transport Authority of Warsaw.

Webinar 1: Liveable Spaces and Active Mobility

The first webinar introduced four EIT Urban Mobility projects aimed at enhancing city liveability by improving the quality of urban space and promoting healthier mobility habits through active mobility.

Paolo Campus (AMAT Milan) presented the CLEAR (City LivEAbility by Redesign) project aims to improve the quality of public space by (1) developing transferrable and well-functioning approaches to designing public space that enhance social interactions; (2) reducing the number of private car on-street parking; and (3) improving the quality of the urban landscape by redesigning city areas and ensuring that most part of the city is a Zero Emission Zone. The city partners in CLEAR are Milan, Amsterdam, and Munich.

Rene Spaan (Helmond) illustrated the CELESTE project approach for dynamic speed limits compliance for optimised traffic management. Delivering systems that can complement existing Traffic Management Centres, such as extended data models, connected signals, vehicle technologies, is critical to successfully change behaviours. To this end, CELESTE focuses on the analysis of the current synergies between dynamic speed limits and ISA, and defines solutions covering the entire traffic management value chain and implementing them in two functional prototypes with cities co-creating solutions to address speed limit problems. The city partners in CELESTE are Hamburg, Barcelona, and Helmond.

Mariona Conill (AMB) introduced HALLO (Hubs for Last Mile Delivery Solutions). This project –related to the field of Sustainable City Logistics– aims to alleviate environmental and traffic challenges in urban areas through the creation of shared urban consolidation and distribution centres. Under this project, some pilots have taken place in different municipalities of the Barcelona Metropolitan Area (Spain). The city partners involved in HALLO are Metropolitan Area Barcelona (AMB), and Stockholm.

Finally, Melanie Grötsch (Munich) exposed WalCycData, which promotes the uptake of green transport options, such as cycling and walking, to positively impact on public health and the urban environment. In particular, the project provides a pilot framework based on the use of smart measuring sensors, data processing through artificial intelligence, and the creation of predictive behavioural models of, with final goal to increase the protection of vulnerable road users (cyclists and pedestrians). The city partner involved in WalCycData is Munich.

Webinar 2: Future Mobility

The second webinar introduced four EIT Urban Mobility projects developing new services and disruptive technologies with the potential to reshape the ways in which we live, work, and move within the city.

Dorine Duives (TU Delft) opened the session with CityFlows, whose main objective is to improve the liveability of crowded pedestrian spaces in European cities through the provision of real-time decision-support systems for the management of pedestrian flows in the context of tourism, transfer hubs, and mass events. The city partners involved in CityFLows are Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Milan.

Then, Robin Wolf (Hamburg) presented AntiTrash: Smart Trash Detection and Damage Prevention for Shared Mobility Vehicles. This project arises from the need to assess and improve cleanliness in shared vehicles, trams, and buses; as well as to increase the comfort of their users.  It proposes four different demonstrations: (1) machine-vision based trash detection system, (2) odour detection system, (3) materials suitable for shared vehicle application, and (4) assessment of customer satisfaction and business opportunities. The city partner involved in AntiTrash is Hamburg. It also counts with the participation of the City of Zalaegerszeg in Hungary.

Marta Trzaskowska (Warsaw – ZTM) introduced UMOS, aiming at building a pan-European Urban Mobility Operating System. Today, players in mobility form scattered modes and the mobility domain is getting more fragmented. UMOS proposes to develop a universal (one-stop) platform that integrates various mobility and related services in order to provide travellers with optimized and customized experiences. With the support of policy makers, this project contributes to increase the liveability of cities by offering more sustainable alternatives to private cars. The city partners involved in UMOS are Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Lublin, Milan, Dublin, Warsaw – ZTM, and Strasbourg metropolitan area.

Finally, Ewelina Frelas (Lublin) presented the AI-TraWell project: AI-powered, proactive TRAvel assistant to self-monitor user’s experience and craft personalised travel solutions for promoting WELLbeing. AI-TraWell is an AI-powered and proactive chatbot for smartphone devices to recommend personalised travel alternatives that fit travellers’ needs and preferences and promote long-term health and wellbeing for all citizens living or moving within cities. The solution improves the physical and mental health of travellers. It also reduces exposure to highly polluted areas, and decreases congestion and overcrowding in existing mobility services, thereby contributing to urban growth management and more inclusive societies. The city partners in AI-TraWell are Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality, Munich, Copenhagen, and Lublin.

Webinar 3: User-centric Solutions and Integrated Mobility

The third webinar introduced four EIT Urban Mobility projects aimed at deploying integrated, and user-centric mobility solutions.

Mariona Conill (AMB) presented MultiDEPART: a multi-operator tool for managing Demand rEsPonsive trAnspoRT. This project is mainly based on the relevance that Demand Responsive Transit (DRT) services are gaining in Europe, especially in medium and small-sized cities, and low-density suburbs surrounding large metropolitan areas. MultiDEPART proposes to develop a technological tool to plan, manage, and monitor DRT solutions, which will be applied to Lisbon, Barcelona metropolitan area, and Thessaloniki, targeting Public Transport Authorities, and facilitating the harmonization and scalability of DRT services across European cities. The city partner involved in MultiDEPART is Metropolitan Area Barcelona.

Mariona continued and introduced eULTIMATE: Improve pUblic transport eLecTrIfication to fight against cliMATE change. This project aims to build a technology-agnostic Decision Support Tool for assisting cities and bus agencies in the deployment of the most suitable electric bus fleet technology. The tool will be tested in 6 pilots from 5 different countries: Milan, Decin (Czech Republic), Zalaegerszeg (Hungary), Lisbon (Portugal) Badalona and Barcelona (Spain). The city partners involved in eULTIMATE are Barcelona, Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, and Milan.

Barry Ubbels (Amsterdam) presented the SmartHubs project, which proposes to develop and validate effective and economically viable mobility hub solutions by setting up pilots in 7 cities (Amsterdam, Helmond, Eindhoven, Warsaw, Lisbon, Sant Cugat, and Barcelona), and providing answers to three important questions: (1) where, how and what size should be allocated to each hub; (2) what business models are the best to make the hubs scale; and (3) what procurement methods are the most suitab;e. The final outcome will be a decision support tool to help policy makers find the best location for a mobility hub. The city partners involved in SmartHubs are Amsterdam, Helmond, Eindhoven, and Metropolitan Area of Barcelona.

Finally, Barry presented FDMM: Future Digital Mobility Management. The objective of this project is to determine how drivers can be directed to choose more sustainable routes while simultaneously improve the flow of traffic. FDMM will help drivers to avoid selected areas that may be congested or have poor air quality or areas in which maintaining traffic safety is particularly important (e.g., areas around schools and day-care centres at certain times of the day). The city partners involved in FDMM are Amsterdam, and Helsinki.

SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION OPENING & KICK OFF EVENT

On 30 July 2021 at 10:00 CEST the RAPTOR team opened the application and kicked off the RAPTOR competition with an online event! The event began with an overview of EIT Urban Mobility and RAPTOR by the project lead Martí Massot. He described the competition benefits, timeline, and rules. Next, the niche urban mobility challenges were presented by representatives from the participating cities!

First, the Innovation Project Manager​ of Toulouse Métropole presented their challenge – reverse logistic, focusing on bio-waste collection from restaurants around the Grand Matabiau. After that, the Sales & Hospitality Manager of Tour&Taxis presented their challenge – vehicle sharing, focusing on the reduction of congestion and making better use of private mobility resources.

Next, the New Technologies, Information & Transparency Councillor of Cunit City Council presented their challenge – smart data collection, focusing on GIS systems and road maintenance. Finally, a representative from the RAPTOR team presented the challenge of the Sustainable Mobility Councillor​ of the Valencia City Council – adapting traffic demand, focusing on increased update of public transport and decreasing pollution on their behalf.

After the four presentations of the niche urban mobility challenges, the RAPTOR team explained the application platform and how to submit a solution to the competition. For the final part, the floor was opened to questions and the event concluded! 

If you missed the event you can watch it here! Find a recording of the event here.

What´s next for RAPTOR?

Potential applicants are invited to join the RAPTOR team once more before submitting their applications, on the 15 September for an online Q&A event. Sign up here

The applications are now officially opened on Awards Platform and will close on the 3 October 2021! Submit your solution

Welcome2Europe – Global outreach programme for international startups

The ScaleTHENGlobal programme, developed by the EIT Urban Mobility has opened a new call for participants. A total of 5 startups will be selected from around the globe to take part in the activities, which will promote global outreach for urban mobility startups based outside the European Union.

Welcome2Europe will host 5 international startup companies targeting Europe, and will give them the opportunity to be introduced to investors and local hub partners. This activity will foster engagement between startups, small and medium-size enterprises, original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, public administrations and potential investors. Preparation workshops will facilitate the selected startups to boost their future presentations and networking with potential customers.

We offer:

  • Participation in networking events (online due to COVID) with key stakeholders (such as startups, SMEs, original equipment manufacturers, suppliers, potential investors, and public administrations) for the urban mobility startups participating.
  • Participation in workshops and mentoring sessions with international experts.
  • Access or participation to Smart City Expo World Congress
  • Introduction to the local ecosystem
  • Access to the EIT Urban Mobility network and ecosystem.

Deadline for the submission of proposals: 20 August 2021

The ideal city of the future

Episode 6 of Conversations in the Park, sparked an insightful discussion about the ideal city of the future. Our guests offered their hopes and vision on what the ideal city can look like. Anna Clark, President of Women EIT, describes it as somewhere greener, cleaner, quieter. Augustin Friedel, Corporate & Sustainability Strategy VW Brand at Volkswagen AG, sees it as a city where mobility is more diverse, a mixture between shared and personal transport modes and hopefully more active mobility. Mouchka Heller, Automotive and Autonomous Mobility Lead at World Economic Forum, stresses the importance of a human-centric approach.

So what is the ideal city of the future and how do we build it?

report by the European Commission outlines these steps in making our cities smarter and greener. 

  • Reliable, affordable and safe public transport is a key to sustainable mobility. Rather than focusing on low fares, agencies should develop an incentivising, time-varying pricing scheme. Like the one in Singapore.
  • Introduction of Mobile navigation apps, so users can have data on the best way to get from A to B, such as Barcelona’s LIVE platform.
  • Initiating dialogue with major employers to introduce more flexible working hours, so traffic does not coincide with home-to-work and work-to-home trips

Many are citing Paris as an example city of the future, with its 15 Minute neighbourhood initiative. Essentially the idea is to provide everything a person would need within a 15-minute walking distance; hence reducing the need for cars and vehicles and relying more on walking and cycling. Such an initiative would improve citizens’ health, both because of more movement and the reduction of harmful pollution from fossil fuels. And, of course, there are the general environmental benefits of fewer carbon emissions. On a different scale, reducing the need for cars would improve equality, as it becomes cheaper to move around. The initiative has proven very effective among Parisians and in 2019 alone, Paris managed to reduce car traffic by 8%

It’s not a secret that the pandemic dramatically changed the way we move and what we need from our cities. Most of us worked from home, reducing the morning and evening commute and hence traffic. Mouchka Heller describes how our cities are currently designed around the typical 9-5 worker, which excludes many. With everyone re-thinking when and how they work, that raises the need to re-think mobility infrastructure. The NYC challenge is one example of that.

Augustin Friedel talks about the importance of tailoring solutions to the specific city, rather than using a copy-paste approach. The abundance of new mobility modes which have grown rapidly over the past five years, from e-scooters to ride-sharing, means cities can adopt an à la carte approach, and incorporate what does – or doesn’t – work best for them. Mouchka Heller also highlights that our approach has shifted from owning a mobility solution to needing a service to get from A to B and then B to C and onwards, resulting in a multi-modal journey. In the above article, Imogen Pierce, Head of City Engagement and Integration at ARRIVAL, says “We’re starting to see a fundamental shift where public transport operators are not viewing other modes of transport as competitors, but more as critical elements of the overall transport system that they need to work closely with.”

There is certainly a lot to be discussed about the future of urban areas and what we want them to be. The pandemic only accelerated this process by giving us a different perspective and shifting our needs and priorities. It is now up to us and the ‘designers’ of our cities to turn that vision into a reality. 

In the podcast episode our speakers discuss baby steps that need to be taken, as well as some challenges to achieving this vision. They also discuss whether there is good or bad mobility and will the car ever be made completely redundant? 

Hear what they have to say: 

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/episode/6FONMKe273hFJUBQpiFHsx 

Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/gb/podcast/future-of-mobility-in-the-uk/id1546360284?i=1000526031145 

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The EIT Urban Mobility is taking the MUV challenge!

Science proves that endorphins have always been the best remedy for body fatigue and stress, and we do also believe in their magic power! That’s why we decided to take this challenge ourselves at the beginning of July. Several teams from our staff were competing in the MUV challenge, and we were reporting how we were doing on a weekly basis. If you missed our periple through the EIT Sustainable Mobility Challenge, check it out now in this article.

The EIT Urban Mobility and MUV, an Italian startup providing gamified experience to boost active and sustainable mobility, joined forces to run a pilot for its employees. This pilot experience last 4 weeks and apart from pursuing environmentally friendly commuting, we aimed to improve physical and mental health thanks to the power of regular exercise.

The MUVment has almost 50 members on board ready to challenge themselves and to motivate each other with the team-based dynamic gameplay. How it works? By leaving your private car in the garage and choosing more sustainable way of commuting, you are collecting points by registering the trip via the app. The more active way you move, the more points you can get contributing to the final score of your team.  The algorithm rewards also for regularity, weather conditions and on the basis of the current traffic the participant is reducing thanks to the conscious choices. 

Week 1

The first Monday of the MUV Challenge made the teams accelerate in their pursuit of victory. After the successful kick-off, dozens of trips were recorded across the EU, covering all the EIT UM locations. In parallel to the point counter, the number of users also grew as two new teams on-boarded to the MUV app. Improving our health and reducing our carbon footprint is our motivation and the numbers confirm the high awareness of its importance. Although the leaderboard seems to be dominated by three teams running head-to-head, everything can happen as long as the countdown is activated. The Hoppers must watch their backs because who knows what the next sunrise brings…

Week 2

Playing with mobility-related phrases that we all love, hop-on hop-off is the one that best fits the brief summary of the second week. Over the last seven days, there were three teams simultaneously taking the lead in the dynamic competition where finally, opponents did allow the Hoppers to keep their pole position, recovered as late as Sunday afternoon. With holidays around the corner and the off-season already happening in some parts of Europe, commuting still remains the backbone of the scoreboard. However, it seems that outdoor activities will soon take over to be a main booster for the weekly performance. And the hot summer will surely affect the temperature of the competition during the upcoming week. So do not hesitate to hop on your bicycle and MUV with seven teams from the EIT Urban Mobility!

Week 3

Consistency has always been mentioned among the virtues that pave the way to the success and once again its strength has been proved. Mesmerizing team spirit and commitment of employees let the company hit the highest – so far – number of points registered in a week time. The virtual counter with over 550,000 points may amaze, but it becomes truly magic when expressed in the equivalent of CO2 saved. After the third sprint, team Move & Shakers is closer to the glory than ever with a serious challenge for the Hoppers who were leading the first half of the game. Nevertheless, all the teams that have significantly increased the mileage traveled in a sustainable way, deserve an applause. It seems that new routines will stay for longer.

¨Although it takes some time getting used to adding all journeys, I think MUV is an awesome initiative that helps encourage people to be more active and to add a bit of a challenge within the company while simultaneously bringing all of us from different hubs to work together to win! – said Charlotte, one of the participants.

Also, for Sarah, the choice is now simple: ¨Thanks to the MUV app, I now almost always opt for walking or cycling instead of taking the metro or bus to get around Barcelona.¨

There was still time to shine in the last week of this first episode! Let’s see what happened next!

Week 4

While all good things are usually coming quickly to the end, we believe that good habits can stay with us for longer. This is the finish line of the EIT Sustainable Mobility Challenge, a 4-week pilot experience that, with fun, brought more understanding to how we commute and move around the European cities. The Hoppers rushed the last straight to the undisputed victory but shared their glory with all those who decided to face their unsustainable practices. The unrevealed relationship between the environmental and health aspects coupled by Active Mobility seems to be the key takeaway for more than 60 employees who experienced a win-win situation. And although the virtual points counter stopped at the stroke of midnight,  the game continues. The future mobility of cities and our health are in our hands.

We have the winners!

Thank you, dear reader, for being with us. To satisfy your curiosity, and to better understand our behaviors, we will publish a more detailed analysis once the data will be available. Stay tuned and keep MUVing!  

Active Mobility can be your choice, so do the first MUV today!

23 pilot projects selected by EIT to unlock higher education’s innovation potential in Europe

The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) is pleased to announce 23 winning consortia for the EIT’s HEI Initiative: Innovation Capacity Building for Higher Education Pilot Call for Proposals. 135 Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and 140 non-academic organisations from 32 countries will benefit from the EIT’s HEI Initiative and will see up to EUR 27.5 million of funding supporting their innovation capacity.

This new initiative will support HEIs with expertise and coaching, funding and access to the EIT’s innovation ecosystem, Europe’s largest innovation network. The Pilot Call for Proposals invited HEIs and local partners across Europe to design institution-wide action plans to improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity across all institutional levels. By supporting such activities, this new EIT initiative will create systemic impact, empowering HEIs and fostering sustainable growth and jobs across Europe.

Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth said: “This new initiative will support HEIs with expertise and coaching, funding and access to the EIT’s innovation ecosystem, Europe’s largest innovation network. The Pilot Call for Proposals invited HEIs and local partners across Europe to design institution-wide action plans to improve their entrepreneurial and innovation capacity across all institutional levels. By supporting such activities, this new EIT initiative will create systemic impact, empowering HEIs and fostering sustainable growth and jobs across Europe.”

64 consortia representing nearly 750 organisations from across Europe applied to the Pilot Call that closed in May 2021. As a result, 23 projects involving 135 HEIs and 140 non-academic organisations (companies, research centres, public authorities and associations) from 32 countries will benefit from this first call with funding of up to EUR 27.5 million available. Organisations involved in the selected projects include the Medical University of Plovdiv (BG), University of Pardubice (CZ), Robert Bosch GmbH (DE), Foundation Startup Wise Guys (EE), Universidad de Zaragoza (ES), University of Eastern Finland (FI), Athens University of Economics and Business (GR), University College Dublin (IE) and Confindustria Trento (IT). More details on the selected projects can be found here.

Gioia Ghezzi, Chair of the EIT Governing Board added: The selected projects will benefit from the expertise and coaching of Europe’s largest innovation ecosystem, the EIT. We are delighted that the EIT could broaden participation of HEIs in our activities and look forward to more European universities becoming regional engines of entrepreneurship and innovation.

Each selected pilot project can be awarded a maximum of EUR 1.2 million with up to EUR 400,000 for Phase 1 (July – December 2021) and upon successful completion a conditional EUR 800,000 for Phase 2 (January 2022–July 2023). Projects can focus on several themes, including:

  • fostering institutional engagement and change;
  • strengthening partnerships between higher education, business and research organisations;
  • developing innovation and business support services;
  • enhancing the quality of entrepreneurial education;
  • creating and disseminating knowledge.

A second call for proposals will be announced in late 2021 for projects that will start in 2022. The initiative aims to reach 550 higher education institutions by 2027 to boost European innovation in higher education and support the twin transition towards a more sustainable, digital and competitive Europe.

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator South Programme welcomes its Batch #3 participants

From over 100 applications from all over Europe and associated countries, EIT Urban Mobility selected the 25 most-promising startups to be part of the third cohort of this 6-month Accelerator Programme. Out of these, five will be participating in the South Programme, kicking-off officially on 12 July.

The selected companies will benefit from financial support, mentoring, training, 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. Learn more about the startups from Innovation Hub South and how they are transforming urban mobility to adapt it to society’s needs.

Participants – Innovation Hub South

  • Volvero (Italy)
    Volvero is an app for sharing vehicles that connects owners with people who need one, saving time and money. Through AI and advanced technologies, they improve quality and security. Built to be Airbnb for vehicles, the app brings a significant social and environmental impact. Volvero is a game-changer in mobility as it targets several problems faced by society and our digital-only solution allows for a full and unlimited scalability. Learn more
  • Pendel Mobility (Spain)
    Pendel enables Public Transport Operators (PTOs) to offer travellers a more accessible, sustainable and safer mobility option. They do this by providing the next-gen of Demand Responsive Transport (DRT) service through integrating electric, intelligent, automated shuttles (AS). Learn more
  • Inteligg PC (Greece)
    Inteligg P.C. develops products, provides services, and engages in research in the fields of energy, transport, environment and rural applications, focusing on social innovation, sustainable mobility and economy, environmental impact assessment, energy efficiency and renewable energy, as well as ICT solutions, aiming to become a global player in Smart Cities solutions in the next few years. Learn more
  • Deeptraffic (Greece)
    As traffic, congestion, safety and the environment pose ever increasing challenges for urban and highway road networks, the technology offered by deeptraffic, is envisioned as the new paradigm for the effective management of traffic, in view of today’s increased vehicles’ connectivity, as well as of the upcoming increased vehicles’ automation. Learn more
  • MinervaS (Italy)
    MinervaS provides a suite of integrated solutions for smart & future mobility, from driving advisors (TruckY) to fleet management tools, all tailored to the vehicle and size of the customer’s business. TruckY is the ADAS plug&play device capable of increasing the environmental sustainability of heavy-duty vehicles thanks to its patented method, offering a reduction in fuel consumption up to 10% and the containment of the related polluting emissions. Learn more

We are looking forward to six months of intense collaboration and support to these teams that solve urban mobility related problems affecting citizens across our cities, that will conclude in December with our Demoday event.

The programme, financed by the EIT Urban Mobility, is developed by the acceleration partners from the Innovation Hub South: UPC – Technical University of Catalonia, Barcelona City Council, CARNET, CTAG and UPF.

Discover more information about the EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator programme here.

ScaleTHENGlobal – Open Call for Cities

The ScaleTHENGlobal programme (Business Creation) has launched today an Open Call for Cities to collect proposals in the form of city challenges. Interested cities should fill in a brief online questionnaire clearly describing their city challenge to be solved by the 15 startups participating in the programme.

The ScaleTHENGlobal is a EU-funded programme with pan-European dimension implemented through EIT Urban Mobility partners that supports startups in scaling-up their business in Europe, driving growth and going international. On 15 June, some of the most promising emerging companies in the field of urban mobility were selected as the next participants in the ScaleTHENGlobal Programme. For the next months, they will benefit from financial support, mentoring, coaching, expert workshops, access to local ecosystems, participation at key European events, and services valued at more than €20,000 provided by the programme partners, such as access to the 5GLabBraWo Lab (Brunswick, Germany).

Among the activities of the programme in 2021, ScaleTHENGlobal will support the 3 best pilot projects with 50k€ by matching city challenges and innovative solutions of the 15 startups engaged in the programme. The programme has now launched an Open Call for Cities to collect the city challenges as the first step of the selection process.

By offering themselves as living labs or test beds, cities support the startups in testing and validating new challenged-based solutions aimed at improving citizens’ quality of life, decarbonising transport, and making Europe’s economy more competitive. Besides, by getting involved in ScaleTHENGlobal, cities can attract the best innovators and offer them opportunities to adjust their innovative product or service to further customer requirements, local circumstances, cultural differences, and regulations.

Find out more about the EIT Urban Mobility Business Creation programmes here.

Two webinar sessions for the new RIS Call for Hub Activities in Croatia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, and Turkey

Do you want to be our next RIS Hub? Join one of our webinars and clear your doubts up!

The Call for Proposals for EIT Urban Mobility Hub activities of the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) for Croatia, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia and Turkey is open until 2 August 2021. During the webinar, in each of the two sessions offered (6 or 20 July), you will have the opportunity to know more about the new RIS HUB Call and clarify all your doubts. Bence Huba, our RIS Manager will make an introduction about the timeline for the call, all the requirements and particularly about the different work packages. Also, during the webinar technical support on how to hand in the RIS proposals will be delivered. The last part of the event will be a Q&A time with the audience, who will be able to directly ask questions to the RIS team. The zoom link to connect to the webinar will be shared with participants after their registration.

Agenda
Introduction and main explication by Bence Huba, RIS Manager (1h)
Q&A with the audience (30mn)  
  

We are offering two dates for this webinar:

6 July, 2021 10:00 CEST Madrid. Register in advance for this webinar

20 July, 2021 01:00 PM Madrid. Register in advance for this webinar