The potential of Mobility Data Spaces

  • EIT Urban Mobility’s latest study about Mobility Data Spaces in the Spanish ecosystem was presented during the Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress organised last week in Barcelona.
  • The study has been developed by Fundació i2CAT, Factual Consulting and EIT Urban Mobility.
  • The presentation of the study was followed by a Workshop of the Mobility Working Group of Gaia-X España and a High-level session, ‘The Future of Mobility Data Spaces’ with experts from across Europe.

The city of Barcelona hosted, last week, the Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress event. Focused on promoting the design and adoption of new sustainable urban mobility models and jointly organised with the Smart City Expo World Congress, the event presents itself as the world’s most significant meeting point for urban innovation. More than 40000 delegates from around the globe attended this year’s edition.

In this edition, EIT Urban Mobility’s latest study on Mobility Data Spaces was unveiled during a session hosted at the Innovation Stage, where the study’s co-authors presented its main conclusions.

The study explores the incentives and barriers of key actors of future data spaces, including transport authorities, operators, urban planners, MaaS providers, logistics providers, OEMs, and infrastructure operators. The study also examines levers and replicable use cases that can unlock public-private investment and inspire the accelerated development and uptake of mobility data spaces.

These are some of the main takeaways we learnt from the high-level panel of experts we brought together in the Innovation Stage:

“Data Spaces present a fresh value proposition for mobility data and its value chains, creating secure datasharing ecosystems that provide greatly improved usage control over one’s data, allowing new models and services across more interconnected environments. At this regard, research institutions play a key role in lowering the barriers to entry: tech demonstrations, pilots, experimentation, deployment, and operation.” Jim Ahtes, Fundació i2Cat

“Organisations – both private and public – need incentives and help to join forces and overcome obstacles and barriers (data sharing concerns, viable business models, governance issues, etc.)” Carme Fàbregas, ATM.

“The MobilityData Space initiative in Germany has helped us to demystify some of the more spread data sharing concerns, bring together the key stakeholders of mobility value chain to co-design & develop use cases, and quickly experiment with Data Spaces” Lucie Kirstein, ACATECH

“There is no need to reinvent the wheel, but some level of convergence is needed among the different European DataSpaces initiatives (such as IDSA, Gaia-X, FIWARE, etc.), while maintaining alternative technological solutions”, Josep Laborda, FACTUAL. 


The session was leaded and moderated by Daniel Serra, EIT Urban Mobility Ecosystem & Stakeholders Director and member of the Spanish Hub of Gaia-X.

About the study

Download the study The potential of Mobility Data Spaces  El potencial de los espacios de datos de movilidad_ V1.0 (Spanish version v1.1). 

Data drives the mobility of the future and is an indispensable strategic asset to support critical needs such as improved safety and sustainability, future transport modes such as seamless multimodal travel and autonomous vehicles deployed on a large scale. This is recognised as a key component of the European Strategy for Sustainable and Intelligent Mobility. The flow of this data is critical. But to achieve this vision, the availability and accessibility of this data, the trusted environments to share it securely and to evolve the interoperability and common standards of these exchanges at technical, organisational and legal levels must be prioritised.

In Mobility, and as well as in other sectors, data spaces will enable new public and commercial models and services by ensuring widespread availability of data while respecting personal data protection and new regulations such as the Data Governance Act and Data Act. 

Some European initiatives are already in place to define the strategy for Mobility Data Spaces.  The idea is not to have a single set of solutions and tools, but a common framework that allows a choice of interoperable approaches. There are related initiatives at the national level, such as the new Gaia-X Spain. 

The study presents the building blocks for Spain’s mobility data spaces, including key technical architectures, components, and tools to contribute to the development of mobility data spaces; high-value datasets from public mobility authorities and administrations that can fuel data spaces; and proprietary data sources that are critical to enabling future use cases.

Download the study The potential of Mobility Data Spaces  El potencial de los espacios de datos de movilidad_ V1.0 (Spanish version v1.1) here. 

S+LOADZ: Transforming Urban Logistics in France

  • Developed under the umbrella of the 2021 Innovation call of EIT Urban Mobility, S+LOADZ project pretends to accelerate the shift to sustainable and smart city logistics.
  • A new digital solution is being developed to manage loading and delivery zones. The French cities of Paris and Argenteuil are two of the four cities that test this innovative solution. 

Paris, 26 October 2022 – S+LOADZ, Sustainable Digital Loading and Delivery Zones, is a 1-year project for EIT Urban Mobility under the innovation programme 2021 of Sustainable City Logistics. This project is developed jointly between 5 European commercial partners, two research institutes and four European cities.

The S+LOADZ project is adapting and piloting the Parkunload solution, a digital platform to control, regulate, monitor, and analyse logistics operations’ loading and delivery zones in urban centres. The platform has three types of end-users: 1) cities, 2) drivers, and 3) traffic agents who transform the delivery/loading activities in urban centres. Through the cities’ interface, cities can virtually manage the rules of the game for the temporary parking of logistics vehicles operating in city centres. 

In 2022, S+LOADZ is being rolled out in 4 cities, including Paris, Argenteuil, Vic, and Ankara. In particular, the city of Paris has been testing this innovation since October 2022 for six months in 160 parking areas for loading and unloading activities located in the 10th arrondissement.   The pilot started in October 2022 and has been built with the support of Gustave Eiffel University and the Metropole du Grand Paris. The city is implementing 100 digital, smart and sustainable loading/delivery zones in their 10th District.


On 26 and 27 October, all members of the consortium and EIT Urban Mobility visited Paris and Argenteuil to participate in the official launch of the pilot project, together with the 10th arrondissement and city officials. There, Paris was recognise as an innovative Living Lab for the transition towards more sustainable urban mobility in Europe.

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Mobility DataSpaces: The analysis of macro data trends will be key to implementing a model of sustainable urban mobility

In order to accelerate the transition towards more sustainable and smarter mobility, it is essential to unlock the potential of mobility data. Creating a common European data space for mobility will facilitate access, pooling, and sharing of mobility and transport data.

  • EIT Urban Mobility and Telpark recently held the Mobility DataSpaces event on data sharing in the mobility sector.
  • The event presented the bases of the study on the data sharing ecosystem in Spain, conducted by EIT Urban Mobility, i2Cat and FACTUAL.
  • The event was attended by Rocío Báguena, director of the Transport Research and Technology Division of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA).

Madrid, 11 October 2022 EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, in collaboration with Telpark, a leading company in the field of parking services and regulated and mobile payment parking in our country, held the first edition of Mobility DataSpaces today.

An event geared to addressing the challenges presented by data sharing in the mobility sector at the national level. To this end, the participants presented the study on “The data sharing ecosystem in Spain” and the potential of such data in the urban mobility sector, conducted by EIT Urban Mobility, i2Cat and FACTUAL.

Mobility DataSpaces Event

The opening speeches of the event were delivered by Javier Galvis, Data Science and Insight Analytics Leader at Telpark, and Daniel Serra, Ecosystem and Stakeholder Director at EIT Urban Mobility. Furthermore, the first part of the meeting was hosted by Rocío Báguena, director of the Transport Studies and Technology Division of the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA), whose speech emphasised “the role of public administrations in the sharing of mobility data, and in particular the efforts of MITMA with regard to open data, through different initiatives designed to promote transparency and citizen participation, and to enhance the data economy through the generation of new services and business models.

Following this presentation by the Ministry, Josep Laborda, CEO of FACTUAL, and Rizkallah Touma, Distributed Artificial Intelligence Expert at the i2CAT Foundation, presented the data from the study they prepared on the ecosystem and the potential for data sharing in Spain, and on Data Spaces in the urban mobility sector. In this regard, Touma stressed that “data spaces facilitate the sharing of data among the different players in mobility value chains, such as Public Administrations, public transport operators, MaaS providers and third-party services. These new environments of trust, security, and sovereignty are a key basis on which to promote a data-based economy in Spain, providing not only technical solutions, but also creating new business and service models”.

In turn, Laborda pointed out that “Mobility DataSpaces will provide a technical framework to promote the use of data in an interoperable and federated environment, thereby creating value by promoting the development of data-based applications and services. Data providers will be able to specify and control the conditions in which their data can be used by third parties, creating both data sovereignty and trust, where users can be sure of the origin and quality of the data in question”.


Finally, the event ended with a round table moderated by Javier Galvis and Daniel Serra. In this regard, Serra highlighted the importance of “promoting and consolidating data sharing mechanisms designed to ensure a controlled chain of custody, as this is key to generating and consolidating relationships of trust among all the players in the mobility value chain”. In addition, Galvis stressed that “data, as an enabler and trigger for innovation and transformation, has all the potential to become one of an organisation´s most important assets. Incorporating external data enables us to multiply and unlock much of this potential and, as a result, especially in an industry such as mobility and for companies like Telpark, gives rise to benefits that go beyond the organisation itself and have an impact on the entire industry, the state and society in general. This is where the importance of promoting mobility data spaces lies”.

The study about Mobility DataSpaces that EIT Urban Mobility is developing in collaboration with i2Cat and FACTUAL will be presented during the Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress event. (DataSpaces Session. Innovation Zone. Tuesday 15 November 2022)

About the European Mobility DataSpaces
The European Green Deal places a specific responsibility on the transport sector, accounting for a quarter of the Union’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2050. The Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy (2020) of the European Commission emphasises that using digitalisation and enhancing data in all modes of transport, including passenger and freight, is essential to decarbonising transport and making it safer, more efficient and accessible.
The strategy for data focuses on putting people first in developing technology, and defending and promoting European values and rights in the digital world. The European data strategy aims to create a single data market that will ensure Europe’s global competitiveness and data sovereignty. Common European data spaces will ensure that more data becomes available for use in the economy and society while keeping the companies and individuals who generate the data in control (1). It is essential to unlock the potential of mobility and transport data to accelerate the transition to a more sustainable and smarter mobility system while also offering valuable insights to policymakers.














The Urban Air Mobility Plazza Accelerator programme kicks off in Toulouse

  • Funded by EIT Urban Mobility, the Urban Air Mobility accelerator programme will accelerate 10 startups in Urban Air Mobility from all over Europe during the next 6 months.

  • The selected startups will receive mentoring and coaching, expert workshops, and access to local ecosystems and markets, in addition to the possibility to test their solutions in living labs throughout cities of Europe.

  • The programme takes place in EIT Urban Mobility’s partner city, Toulouse Métropole (a pioneer city in the field of aeronautics), and it is developed by an international consortium composed of our partners Aerospace Valley (the most significant European cluster in the field of aeronautics, space and drones), Ferrovial (experts in market needs and trends to pick out disruptive ideas) and CARNET (already working in different acceleration programmes funded by EIT Urban Mobility). 

Urban Air Mobility (UAM) is the term used to refer to the development of urban mobility into the third dimension, air. While up until now, the only modes of transportation we were familiar with were taxis, (passenger) drones are gradually beginning to fly the skies as an alternative. This might reduce the stress on several consistently underutilised infrastructures, such as those in cities with fast expanding populations.

By implementing aeronautical innovative technologies in Urban Mobility, ground transportation might have its future in the air. For this reason, the Urban Air Mobility Acceleration programme has a great potential to solve current city challenges and the challenges that many UAM businesses face: finding the right technology for every application.

Committed to creating sustainable cities and communities, clean energy, and climate action, EIT Urban Mobility’s Urban Air Mobility accelerator programme kick-off started last week and will last for six months, ending with some demo days during the month of December.

Selected startups to participate in the programme:

  • AldoraTech – Spain (Drone delivery)  – AldoraTech offers a drone delivery solution that aims for an efficient, sustainable and safe transition to greener automated logistics. They have developed drones to deliver packages and a process to automate manufacturing, reducing costs.

  • Reflet du monde – France (UAV services) – Reflet du monde supports its customers in the use of UAVs in terms of training, services, sales, and research and development. They also work in the field of agriculture with its 25 kg drone used for various services.

  • Delivrone – France (Drone delivery) – Delivrone is changing how the world breathes and moves with sustainable and innovative ways to improve medical deliveries. A French start-up looking to revolutionize the medical last mile delivery industry using drones.

  • eMagic Aircraft – Germany (eVTOL) – eMagic Aircraft focus on the Development, Design and Construction of airframe and electric propulsion system. They are specialised in the construction of super lightweight honeycomb structures /airframes and the development of high efficiency propulsion and flight control systems.
  • Finova Aviation – Spain (Flying car)- Finova Aviation is developing a Flying Car that can drive on the road and fly in the sky to offer true Door-to-Door mobility for First/Last-Mile Cargo delivery in urban areas to reduce the delivery cost for e-commerce companies.

  • Fusion Engineering – Netherlands (Flight controller for drone delivery) – Fusion Engineering aim is to make drone flight much safer and reliable so it can be integrated seamlessly into everyday life as well as expand their feasible commercial applications by developing cutting edge flight controllers, control algorithms, and software.

  • H2 DRON ENERGY – Spain (Hydrogen battery) – H2 DRON ENERGY is a clean energy technology and product manufacturing company. They design, manufacture and integrate solutions for the electric power generation using hydrogen fuel cell; at present they are focused in UAVs.

  • OmniOpti – Slovenia (Route optimization) – OmniOpti core competence is Logistics / Mobility, specifically the advanced algorithm for alternative routes, for the route optimization process. Their system provides more alternative routes to choose from and saves 5-15% of the money.

  • Sorair hub-to-hub drone delivery – United Kingdom (Drone delivery) – Sorair hub-to-hub drone delivery is providing e-commerce fulfilment companies with their own in-house distribution systems using autonomous delivery drones and localised networks of end-customer collection hubs to build point-to-point drone delivery systems.

  • Weslax GmbH – Germany (Cargo drone) – Weslax GmbH is developing an environmental, half-automated hybrid heavy-lift-drone (Hy-UAV) to save time by direct airline during logistic & emergency-case situations (firefighting or rescue) in a 150km range and 150kg payload with the compliance of the ESG-criteria.

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S+LOADZ – accelerating intelligent and sustainable city logistics  

  • S+LOADZ was tested, for the first time in a real urban environment, last month of June in the Catalan city of Vic. Other pilots will be done in Paris, France, Ankara, Istanbul, and mid-sized cities such as Argenteuil within the Greater Metropolitan Area of Paris, to test varying conditions and address different challenges specific to each location. 

  • Co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility and led by FACTUAL, the innovation project S+LOADZ aims to provide both operational and environmental KPIs to accelerate the shift to Sustainable and Digital City Logistics.

Designing the future of sustainable city logistics

Sustainable city logistics play a crucial role in making cities more liveable and attractive. They must support the consolidation of freight movements and waterways to deliver commodities to and from the city, and contribute to creating more liveable cities with zero-emission vehicles.

A thorough and integrated understanding of the objectives of the (different actors) concerning city logistics, the distribution network, the planning and control of that network, the planning processes, information and communications technology, and organisational structure is necessary to develop city logistics solutions. The regulations set out by the municipal and supralocal authorities are another crucial component of city logistics.

S+LOADZ aims to accelerate the shift towards more sustainable and innovative city logistics based on the complete digital transformation of parking spaces for urban delivery with advanced features tested in several cities and their metropolitan areas, covering different use cases and use case scenarios.

Its objective is ambitious: manage the high demand for logistics parking spaces by achieving a 30% increase in parking rotation and availability, a 50% reduction in illegal parking and an improved economic situation for cities as curbside spaces are used more effectively.

The S+LOADZ project allows analysing and testing of different approaches to variable and dynamic parking rules in more than 500 sustainable delivery zones (also known as S+ LOADZ) by leveraging and advancing the technology provided by Parkunload.

Co-Funded by EIT Urban Mobility, the project is led by FACTUAL. Métropole du Grand Paris, Ville de Paris, Belka A.S (technology and mobility company from Ankara), Ajuntament de Vic Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO and Université Gustave Eiffel from the research sector are some of the EIT Urban Mobility partners involved in the project. Parkunload as commercialisation partner; Artech Consulting, Keita and Ferrovial to support the scalability of the proposed innovative solution made up the final list of partner entities involved in the consolidation of the project

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Welcome Urban Lab Mobility Barcelona!  – EIT Urban Mobility, Barcelona City Council, Fira de Barcelona, and DGT join forces to turn the city into a test bed for future mobility.

For EIT Urban Mobility, living labs are instrumental for testing, implementing, monitoring, and evaluating new and innovative mobility solutions. Our Living labs knowledge base platform is a collection of both living lab learning practices and management tools. While the learning practices are initiatives that can function as an inspiration for other living labs, the management tools are a collection of best practices, recommendations on how to set up and operate mobility living labs, how to upscale, allow for citizens’ engagement, and co-create with the end-use and evaluate impacts.

  • Barcelona City Council, EIT Urban Mobility, Fira de Barcelona, and DGT have formed an alliance to encourage companies to develop innovative mobility projects in the Catalan capital. 

  • The objective is to promote and boost innovation in smart and sustainable urban mobility, in line with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the 2030 Agenda.

  • The initiative has been presented to the public through a press conference chaired by Ms. Laia Bonet, deputy major at Barcelona City Council and Mr. Pere Navarro, director of DGT, and attended by Mr. Joan Angulo Arrese, Director Corporate Marketing & Strategic Projects at Fira Barcelona and Mr. Daniel Serra, Ecosystem director at EIT Urban Mobility. 

Urban Lab Mobility Barcelona will be the first Living Labs laboratory in the city of Barcelona. The initiative aims to promote and facilitate the implementation of pilot tests and innovative projects in intelligent and sustainable urban mobility to diversify the city’s economy and consolidate Barcelona as the capital of innovation in mobility in Southern Europe. Through this alliance between administrations and entities, the aim is to contribute to scaling up and giving international projection to these types of innovation projects in mobility by incorporating their presentation at the leading international fairs in the market.

Public space as a test bed
One of the main problems companies encounter when developing innovative economic activities is the lack of regulation. A fact that limits their capacity to create new technologies and services. To avoid missing out on this type of opportunity, Urban Lab Barcelona will offer several geographical areas to companies as test spaces within the city, with the aim of testing pilot projects in natural environments before they are commercialised. The test spaces will be determined according to the characteristics of each project.

Advisory services and access to data
Also aimed at the organisations involved in this initiative, dynamic and personalised advisory and technical support services will be offered by experts who will provide legal, technical and operational guidance and data and information collection thanks to Barcelona City Council’s network and sensor infrastructure. Participating companies can access real-time traffic information, municipal databases, etc.

Big Data Office
A Big Data office will be created to manage all the data collected during the pilot tests.

An initiative within the framework of the future Barcelona Urban Innovation Lab
This alliance to test the mobility of the future in Barcelona is part of the strategy to consolidate Barcelona as the innovation capital of Southern Europe, defined through the public-private platform of the Barcelona Innovation Coast (BIC). The project will also be one of the first initiatives of the Barcelona Urban Innovation Lab, managed by the municipal foundation BIT Habitat. The service will be operational throughout 2022.

EIT Urban Mobility’s knowledge of the living labs approach, leveraging the expertise of the front-runner cities and organisations that are members of our community, our experience in managing innovation projects integrating research and innovation processes in real-life communities, and our community covers the quadruple-helix of innovation, are the main contributions of our entity to the initiative. 



Logismile, the delivery driver of the future: the autonomous robot Ona tested in Barcelona.

Co-Funded by EIT Urban Mobility and led by CARNET, the LogiSmile project aims to respond to the major challenge of last-mile urban distribution in increasingly congested cities. 

The metropolitan area of Barcelona and Esplugues de Llobregat hosted a test in a real urban environment of the autonomous goods distribution robot Ona last Friday, 10 June. Developed by CARNET and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, BarcelonaTech (UPC), in the framework of the European project LogiSmile, the test was carried out in the Can Vidalet neighbourhood. Later, the Ona robot will travel to Hamburg (Germany) and Debrecen (Hungary).

The event was attended by the Minister for Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez; the Mayoress of Esplugues de Llobregat, Pilar Díaz; the rector of the UPC, Daniel Crespo; the executive and scientific head of CARNET, Laia Pagès; and the director of EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South Daniel Serra, as well as different partners of the project.

For the Minister of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, “this is not science fiction today; it is what we will experience in our cities in the coming years.” The minister highlighted the importance for Esplugues of hosting this pilot project, the result of collaboration between public administrations, universities and companies, and a fundamental axis for achieving safe, digitalised mobility that respects the planet and people’s health. The autonomous vehicle is included in the objective of digitalisation and decarbonisation pursued by the Ministry. This process entails challenges already contemplated in the Sustainable Mobility Law, which will soon reach the Spanish congress.

“The future is here”, said the mayoress of Esplugues de Llobregat, Pilar Díaz, who highlighted that Ona “is an example of putting technology at the service of problem-solving, in this case for the distribution of last-mile goods”, while highlighting the “ecological and sustainable” aspect of the initiative.

This pilot demonstrates that future mobility in our cities is already a reality. The commitment of the Spanish government, the town of Esplugues de Llobregat and the Metropolitan area of Barcelona also proves that when the right actors work together, we can design the future of our cities. 

As facilitators of the project and founders of the largest European community transforming mobility, we are excited and honoured to see how the future is happening now. With our headquarters in Barcelona, EIT Urban Mobility emerges as the instrument of the European Union that enables the collaboration between the agents necessary to carry out this type of initiatives. In our common challenge for the decarbonisation of cities, the collaboration between public and private agents, companies, research centres and universities is essential for making the future a reality.

LogiSmile is a project led by CARNET and co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility. It is developed in collaboration with Àrea Metropolitana de Barcelona (AMB), Capgemini Engineering, DKV Debrecen Exclusive Transport Company Ltd. , Ajuntament d’Esplugues de Llobregat, ITS Hamburg 2021 GmbH, LMAD, NFF – Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik, OtoStolik, PTV Group, Dirección General de Tráfico, IRI – Institut de Robòtica i Informàtica Industrial, CSIC-UPC, and CDEI-UPC.

MoU signature

Signing of memorandum of understanding (MoU) between EIT Urban Mobility and the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda

The MoU establishes an agreement to jointly work together in the development of standards and solutions to promote urban mobility and sustainable solutions in Spanish cities, and expresses the common intention to join forces to meet shared objectives.

Madrid, Spain, 5 May 2022 – EIT Urban Mobility and the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA, Ministerio de Transportes, Movilidad y Agenda Urbana) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). The collaboration among both entities will enable strong cooperation in a wide range of initiatives to solve the current (and future) urban mobility challenges of Spanish cities.

The signature took place in the Spanish Ministry of Transport during an event chaired by María José Rallo del Olmo Secretary General for Transport and Mobility at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and Ms. Rocío Baguena Rodríguez Director of the Division of Transport Studies and Technology at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda. Daniel Serra, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South director, was responsible for signing the agreement on behalf of the entity.

This agreement formalises the mutual interaction and strengthens the existing relationship between both entities and creates a unique platform to identify synergies between key players of the Spanish urban mobility ecosystem from the public and private sectors and foster innovation projects across Spain. It will also allow the monitoring of initiatives, projects, developments, the application of innovative technologies and the dissemination of innovation through conferences, events, reports, and articles.

The memorandum reinforces the commitment made by the Spanish Government to take the lead in the decarbonization of the economy and strengthens the role of EIT Urban Mobility as an enabler in the implementation of the Safe, Sustainable and Connected Mobility Strategy 2030, conceived as a guiding document for MITMA’s mobility policies until 2030. The roadmap that will guide the actions of the Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda (MITMA) in the field of transport and mobility over the next ten years.

Ms. María José Rallo del Olmo Secretary General for Transport and Mobility at the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda and Daniel Serra, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South director, during the signature of the agreement.  

Opportunities for Startups

EIT Urban Mobility innovation Hub South Partner, BGI, presents its two acceleration programmes dedicated to supporting tech startups in validating their business and scaling it.

BGI Accelerator: Acceleration programme of 10 months, dedicated to startups from all over the world in the areas of Medical Devices and Health Care; Smart Cities and Industry 4.0; Blockchain Applications and AI; and Water Economy. The startups benefit from two national boot camps, a mentorship programme and an immersion programme in Boston.

More information is available here.

Get in the Ring: Startup competition, sponsored by EIT Urban Mobility and Vodafone Portugal, dedicated to supporting startups from RIS Countries in the areas of smart mobility, big data, XR Solutions, and Automation and Gamification. Startups benefit from one physical event to pitch their idea, access to Vodafone Power Lab and an award of up to 20k€.
More information is available here


Within the framework of the InnovAcció 2030 initiative and the 2030 Agenda, Barcelona City Council wants to promote the deployment of innovative solutions for recharging electric vehicles in publicly accessible underground car parks. Barcelona de Serveis Municipals (B:SM), a company of the city of Barcelona that was born in the year 2002 with the aim of unifying in a single society the provision of municipal service, has launched two challenges to make it possible.

  • Development and testing of a flexible charging point – 90.000 € for the winner
  • Development and testing of a low cost charging point – 70.000 € for the winner

Each challenge has an independent call. Companies can decide to take part in one or both challenges, whichever it deems most appropriate.
Both calls are open from Monday, 4 April, and the deadline for submitting offers extends until 27 May, 2022 at 12.30h (UTC+2).

Complementary information on the tenders and how to prepare the bids is available on the following links:

Development and testing of a flexible charging point – INSTRUCTIONS_Flexible CP_ENG
Development and testing of a low cost charging point – INSTRUCTIONS_Low cost CP_ENG

You can send any questions about the tender to:

EIT Urban Mobility joins the Board of Directors of the Spanish Hub of Gaia-X

EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South Director, Daniel Serra, will be on the board of directors of Gaia-X Spain.

Initiated by the European Union, Gaia-X Association for Data and Cloud (AISBL) is an initiative that hopes to create a unified ecosystem of cloud and data services protected by European data laws and develop common requirements for European data infrastructure.

Last month, the Spanish city of Talavera de la Reina was the scene of the official birth of the Gaia-X Spain Association, which will operate as the Spanish HUB of the Gaia-X European initiative. The event was chaired by the First Vice-President of the Spanish Government and Minister of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation, Nadia Calviño, the President of the Junta de Comunidades de Castilla-La Mancha, Emiliano García-Page, the Mayoress of Talavera de la Reina, Tita García Élez and the Minister of Finance and Public Administrations, Juan Alfonso Ruiz Molina, and was attended by more than 150 representatives of national entities and companies.

During the constituent act, EIT Urban Mobility was chosen to be part of its board of directors, reaffirming our commitment to the European strategy for data. A position that will allow us to work together to create new data spaces that guarantee trusted environments between the different mobility actors, ensuring that they are harmonised, secure, ethical and privacy-focused. At the same time, we will support the search for solutions to the needs of the mobility ecosystem and favour the transition towards sustainable urban mobility, boosting Europe’s global competitiveness and data sovereignty. As members of the association, we will facilitate the creation of new policies that generate harmonised, secure, ethical and privacy-focused data sharing ecosystems. In this way, we will drive the transformation toward a digital economy in which data is one of the assets with the highest added value.


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The Innovation Hub South: co-leaders of the Spanish Working Group of the GAIA-X project

Last June 2021, EIT Urban Mobility Hub South was selected by the Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation as one of the co-leading entities of the mobility group in Spain of the Gaia X project. More than 300 companies and public entities have submitted their manifestation of interest.

Being selected as co-leaders members of this working group allows the Innovation Hub South to participate actively in the initiative and offers us a unique opportunity to strengthen our technological commitment and the leadership of our community. The association is doing pioneering work in data infrastructure and digital ecosystems, and it will have an immense impact on Europe’s economic future.

About Gaia- X
Gaia-X is the next generation of digital data infrastructure: a trustworthy data ecosystem across Europe and beyond based on the European values of openness, transparency, and sovereignty. The international community of Gaia-X Hubs supports this unique pan-European idea on national levels to nurture a dynamic, grassroots ecosystem.

The Spanish Hub
The objective of the Hubs is to facilitate and support the creation of European Data Spaces. Hubs focus on developing these relevant spaces to the local region and interact with other areas to build cross-national data nets. The Spanish Gaia-X association aims to generate a stable and permanent collaboration framework to promote secure, transparent and practical data sharing and exploitation in Spain.

These initiatives are part of the Digital Spain 2025 agenda, which aims to promote the country’s digital transformation as a lever to relaunch economic growth, reduce inequality, increase productivity, and take advantage of the opportunities offered by new technologies.