17 partners across Europe to lay the foundation for a common European mobility data space

Europe is on its way to generate and make use of more data than ever. The project PrepDSpace4Mobility aims at contributing to the development of the common European mobility data space by supporting the creation of a technical infrastructure that will facilitate easy, cross-border access to key data for both passengers and freight. Given the enormous potential of data and digital technologies, the project is expected to have a positive impact on European competitiveness, society, and the environment.

By 2025, the data economy in the EU27 is set to account for more than 820 billion Euro, almost tripling from 2018; digital skills and competencies will also be pushed to new highs with the number of data professionals expected to rise to 11 million and two thirds of Europeans having developed basic digital skills.

A consortium of 17 partners, has kicked off the Preparatory Action for the Data Space for Mobility (PrepDSpace4Mobility) project in October 2022. Led and coordinated by acatech (Germany), activities are carried out by Amadeus SAS (France), EIT Urban Mobilityan initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union, (Spain), FIWARE (Germany), FhG (Germany), IDSA (Germany), iSHARE (Netherlands), TNO (Netherlands), USI (Germany), VTT (Finland), EMTA (France), Group ADP (France), KU Leuven (Belgium), ERTICO (Belgium), BAST (Germany), UIH (Hungary), and MDS (Germany).

The European Commission has dedicated one million Euro to the 12-month project, funded under the Digital Europe Programme: A sequence of preparatory activities is carried out to lay the basis for the creation of a common European Mobility Data Space.

PrepDSpace4Mobility contributes to the European Commission’s Strategy for Data, by mapping existing data ecosystems which engage with storing, processing, or sharing mobility and transport data, an extensive catalogue of European transport data ecosystems will be created. Building on these activities, common ground, and suitable governance frameworks for securely sharing data and managing data exchange across Europe will be identified.

Through close collaboration with the Data Spaces Support Centre, synergies with other data spaces will be strengthened, aligned with the European Data Spaces Technical Framework. In this process, a diverse mix of private and public stakeholders will be brought together to join forces to push the necessary digital transformation.

Lucie Kirstein, Project coordinator: “With this project, we aim to lay the foundation for a future operational data space at European level that lives up to the expectations and requirements of mobility and logistics sectors, helping to create a community of public and private stakeholders aiming to share data based on trust, security, and sovereignty. This initiative is the first step of a sectoral translation of the European data strategy and a true European single market for data.”

The European strategy for data embraces the ever-increasing importance of emerging technologies and innovative data approaches by investing four to six billion Euro in the development of common European data spaces in strategic sectors, such as environment, health, and transportation[1].

[1] https://ec.europa.eu/commission/presscorner/detail/en/fs_20_283

Tomorrow.Mobility shines light on the new driving forces for more liveable and sustainable cities

Mobility will be one of the main drivers of future growth, and on average, each €1 invested in sustainable innovative mobility can generate benefits of up to €3 by 2030.

Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (TMWC) is a global event, co-organised by Fira de Barcelona and EIT Urban Mobility in the Gran Via venue of Fira de Barcelona, focused on promoting the design and adoption of new sustainable urban mobility models and jointly organised with the Smart City Expo World Congress.

Over 80 speakers such as Kelly Larson, director of the Road Safety Programme at Bloomberg Philanthropies; Karen Vancluysen, secretary general of POLIS; Marco te Brömmelstroet, professor of Future of Urban Mobility at the University of Amsterdam; Mikael Colville-Andersen, Urban Design Expert and Thomas Geier, head of research and policy at the European Metropolitan Transport Authorities, Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, participated in the more than 20 congress and innovation zone sessions of Tomorrow.Mobility. As part of the Congress, EIT urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, sponsored the venue of 20 innovative startups, another 7 showcased their solution in the Demo zone.

At this year’s edition, two studies produced by EIT Urban Mobility are unveiled. The first of the two focuses on the 15-minute city approach, an urban planning trend that aims at reorganising neighbourhoods in such a way that all citizens have every basic service accessible within 15 minutes at the most. The second study analyses the development of urban air mobility, a disruptive air transport system for both passengers and last-mile logistics in urban environments.

The 15-minute city

The 15-minute city, is quite a recent concept that has taken momentum in wake of the pandemic and has been picked up by many European cities. The goal is to create a city where people could reach all their basic essential social functions like living, working, commerce, healthcare, education, and entertainment at a 15-minute by walk or by bicycle. In Europe, more than €1bn in cycling-related infrastructure and 2,300 kilometers of new bike lanes have been spent since the pandemic began.

Three workshops were conducted with planning practitioners from the metropolitan region of Amsterdam, Ghent, Madrid, Milan, and Munich. A key output of this study is a roadmap for the implementation of ±15-minute city strategies to ensure access and considering all citizen’s needs, and in connection with suburb areas. 15-Minute City concepts need to be adapted to local circumstances and population groups: for instance, older people walking speed is on average around 3.5 km/h while the average speed is considered 5km/h. Hence, a 15-minute walk could represent 900-1000m at an average speed, while at a reduced speed it could be 700m.

Urban Air Mobility

Given the fast pace of innovation, air mobility is expected to become a reality in Europe within 3-5 years and air space above cities could become an extension of public space on the ground. The European UAM market size is predicted to be 4.2 billion EUR by 2030, representing a 31% global share[1]. To set up the scenes for an inclusive urban air mobility scheme, this first study explores the different evolution perspectives of the sector. The study collected practitioners’ insights on the development and implementation of UAM from 12 European countries from the academic, public, and private sector. 

Out of the sectorial experts, 89% expect that UAM applications will play a very important or important role in improving medical transport and support in medical emergency services. 63% of questionnaire respondents think that in the logistics field, UAM will play an important or a very important role in the transport of packages in industrial spaces. By contrast, only a minority of experts see a significant role in UAM applications in e-commerce and food deliveries. In terms of challenge, when moving forward with UAM, it is essential to consult citizens and it´s essential for them to feel safe, where subjective safety matters as much as objective ones. Traffic noise is the second main concern raised by the study, after safety, for the development of Urban Air Mobility for European citizens.

Expectations and Success Factors for Urban Air Mobility in Europe 

This report on Urban Air Mobility (UAM) provides insights on what future applications for UAM in Europe could look like. Contributions from more than 60 experts from the public and private sectors were collected via a questionnaire and during an in-person workshop with EIT Urban Mobility partners. 

Main topics addressed include the likely use cases for UAM in Europe, practitioners’ expectations as to its safety requirements and regulatory framework, and whether and how UAM can support cities in addressing their sustainable mobility objectives. 

This report was developed in collaboration with Skyroads and Alldots

±15-Minute City: Human-Centred Planning in Action                       

The concept of 15mn city developed by Carlos Moreno has been increasingly popular over the past years. This study written by the Technical University of Munich explores the different dimensions of the 15mn city and looks at practical solutions to make cities and neighbourhoods more accessible and inclusive.

One of the study’s outputs consists of a roadmap with clear implementation steps, which aims to support city officials and practitioners in achieving the 15mn city. Based on the tool and analytical framework used, the study features 15mn city scores assessing the level of accessibility of different cities.

Both the tools and methodology used in the report can be applied to specific cities, supporting their transition to more liveable neighbourhoods.

Prague European Summit 2022: “Leading the Green and Digital Future?”

The 8th edition of the Prague European Summit, a strategic platform established in 2015 to tackle pan-European challenges, will be held under the titled “Leading the Green and Digital Future?” in the Liechtenstein Palace, Prague, on 10-11 November 2022.

The summit is organised by two leading Czech think-tanks, Institute of International Relations and EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy under the auspices of the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic, as an accompanying event during the Czech presidency of the EU Council, and in cooperation with the Representation of the European Commission in the Czech Republic.

Thursday, 10 November, 17:20 – 18:50

  • European Financial instrument to Support Innovation in Urban Mobility

This session is to give overall information about different European financial instrument in the field of urban mobility and facilitate access to finance for innovative businesses, cities, and other related entities in Europe. Participants can learn how to find and apply for suitable EU funding and tender opportunities.

Friday, 11 November, 10:30 – 11:20

  • CEE Recovery and Resilience Plans: Accelerating the Transition towards a Zero-emission Transport Sector

Although the path for greening the transport sector has been drafted by the European Commission, Central and eastern European economies (CEE countries) face several common challenges to the decarbonization pathway. How can e-mobility adoption be encouraged across CEE countries, where households have lower purchasing power, and where the second-hand automobile market plays a key role? Are the EU countries on the right path to build a widely accessible charging infrastructure to keep up with the increasing number of newly sold electric vehicles? How can the CEE countries support the transformation of the automotive industry at the dawn of the new automotive order?
The session will count on the following as speakers:

  • Szymon Byliński, Director of the Department of Electromobility and Hydrogen Economy at the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Poland
  • Charlotte Nørlund Matthiessen, Policy Adviser in the Cabinet of European Commissioner of Transport
  • Adina Vălean, European Commission
  • Traian Urban, Director Innovation Hub East, EIT Urban Mobility
  • Christoph Weiss, Senior Economist, Economics Department, European Investment Bank
  • Michal Kadera, External Affairs Director, ŠKODA AUTO

Moderator: Katarína Svítková, Research Fellow at EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy

To register to attend: Prague European Summit 2022 (conrego.com)


About Prague European Summit

Prague European Summit forum gathers regularly around 400 high-level politicians, opinion makers, think-tankers, and public figures from all over the world. The main aim of the summit is to set the EU trends of the future through dialogue with the highest levels of the European public and private sphere, and to strengthen the role of the European Union in the world while building a sustainable and resilient society.

Previous summits had the honour to welcome as speakers personalities such as Borut Pahor (President of Slovenia), Alexander Schallenberg (former Minister for European and International Affairs of Austria), Ivan Korčok (Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia), Anže Logar (former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia), Federica Mogherini (former High Representative of the European Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy), Masamichi Kono (Deputy Secretary-General, OECD), Roberto Montella (Secretary-General, OSCE PA), Lilyana Pavlova (Vice President of the European Investment Bank), Frans Timmermans (Vice President of the European Commission) and many others.

Cover of the episode 15 of the podcast "Conversations in the Park"

Conversations in the Park: Urban Air Mobility

When it comes to urban mobility, most people tend to think of the automotive or micromobility sectors. In Episode 15 of Conversations in the Park, sponsored by EIT Urban Mobility, we wanted to shine a light on a hugely important part of urban mobility: Urban Air Mobility (UAM).

Our host, Brittany Atkins, dove into the topic with expert guests Kshitija Desai and Alexander Ahrens to get a better understanding of the current state of urban air mobility, what the big news in the area is, and some of the logistics and perspectives behind it. 

Kshitija Desai is a market intelligence and strategic business development expert at UAM focused start-up Skyroads. She is also a Scholar of Female Innovators in Urban Mobility Program 2022 at UnternehmerTUM and a Business Development Advisor at Metro Hop. She has a strong passion for urban air mobility and advanced air mobility. 

Alexander Ahrens is CTO and head of consulting services at allDots, a consultancy that aims to produce urban air mobility solutions. He’s also a lead product and team development expert at wehyve GmbH. He enjoys creating solutions and solving problems in the automotive and unmanned aerospace industries.

In this episode, our guests examined the landscape of urban air mobility and where it is, where it’s headed, and how the progression is between nations.

Alexander touched on how he thinks urban air mobility will continue to progress and evolve, mentioning how traditional aviation companies may begin partnering with tech companies as an example. Kshitija gave insight into UAM from a start-up perspective, and how start-ups are at the forefront of the UAM sector and making big waves. 

Brittany, Kshitija and Alexander passionately examined the ins and outs of urban air mobility on this episode of Conversations in the Park – and we are proud to sponsor yet another informative discussion.

You can listen to the full discussion on Spotify and Apple Podcast, as well as anywhere podcasts are found.

Demand Responsive Transport: Recommendations for Successful Deployment 

Our report on Demand Responsive Transport (DRT), launched in October 2022 with the support of Nemi, offers a practitioner-oriented overview of the potential and use cases DRT offers to improve social inclusion and sustainability of public transport systems in low-demand contexts.  

Exploring various aspects such as costs and benefits, user uptake, as well as operations and business model; the report showcases best practices and provides recommendations on the planning, communication, and deployment of DRT services in line with citizens’ needs.    

These recommendations were developed during a custom mobility workshop involving more than 20 experts from the public and private sectors.  

Urban Vehicle Access Regulations: From Design to Implementation

Our report on Urban Vehicle Access Regulations (UVARs), launched in October 2022 with the support of Abertis Mobility Services, offers a practitioner-oriented overview of the recent evolution of UVARs across Europe. 

Covering diverse schemes such as low and zero-emission zones, congestion charging, and traffic limitation in public spaces; the report showcases best practices and provides recommendations on aspects related to regulation, planning, design, enforcement, as well as stakeholder and citizen involvement.   

These recommendations were developed during a custom mobility workshop involving more than 20 experts from the public and private sectors. 

Decarbonisation, Public Transportation and Urban Air Mobility, key themes at Tomorrow.Mobility 2022

Is public transportation the answer to the energy crisis? Will it help to reduce emissions and boost the economy? Is urban air mobility ready to take off? These are some of the questions that 80 international experts will address from November 15 to 17 at Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (TMWC), an event held in Barcelona and jointly organized by Fira de Barcelona and EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union. Among the speakers are representatives from companies, governments and institutions such as Bloomberg Philanthropies, POLIS Network, the Ministry of Transport of the State of Baden-Württemberg and the European Metropolitan Transport Authorities.

Among the more than 80 experts taking part at the discussion are Kelly Larson, Leading Road Safety & Drowning Prevention work at Bloomberg Philanthropies; Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General at POLIS; Marco te Brömmelstroet, Professor in Urban Mobility Futures, University of Amsterdam; and Thomas Geier, Research and Policy Officer at European Metropolitan Transport Authorities, among others.

Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility and President of the Advisory Board of Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress said: “The shortcomings of today’s transport systems greatly impact the well-being and health of citizens and the environment. Transitioning to sustainable mobility requires us to rethink current systems and actors across industries and sectors to collaborate. Tomorrow.Mobility brings together the latest innovations, scientific insights, start-ups, transportation and urban sector professionals and policy makers to lead and inspire change”.

Mobility is an industry that will be one of the main drivers of future growth, with a market volume of 60,000 million euros in 2027. TMWC will also feature an exhibition space where more than a hundred companies such as Deloitte, BSM, Moventia, Racc, Renfe, Keolis and Mercedes will showcase their latest products. In addition, many institutions such as AMB, FGC, TMB, CARNET and ETRA will also take part in TMWC.

Wide Knowledge platform

Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress will be jointly held with Smart City Expo World Congress and PUZZLE X, establishing an unparalleled combination of events. Smart City Expo World Congress is the leading international summit for cities and smart urban solutions and on its 2022 edition it will gather over 1.000 exhibitors, 400 speakers and over 20,000 attendees from more than 100 countries and regions. PUZZLE X aims to grasp the potential of Frontier materials to solve some of the challenges that society is facing. Frontier and advanced materials, include quantum materials, low dimensional materials, 2D materials like graphene, advanced materials, and intelligent composites, among others.