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

More info: https://sloadz.com

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: ajcc@bsmsa.cat

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.


Discover more about Gaia- X: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDmiWB7YZmM

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.

Empowering citizens: the Innovation Hub South co-organises two citizen engagement events in collaboration with our community ecosystem

In recent years, civic engagement aimed at community involvement and collective learning has become a centerpiece of environmental management. People are expected to be interested, inquire, express opinions, make suggestions, and even take responsibility. And EIT Urban Mobility is, among other actors, responsible for motivating them with attractive and meaningful initiatives. Also, understanding that citizens are our customers is vital for making this process feasible and with a clear purpose. And our customers need to be considered and heard.

Committed to our objective of empowering citizens and giving them the tools to speak up their minds, the Innovation Hub South organised two citizen engagement events in collaboration with the EIT Urban Mobility Headquarters unit, Factory, and two of our main partners: Toulouse Metropole and Barcelona City Council.

The first one was a session scheduled into the main programme of the Barcelona Innova Week, a Barcelona City Council initiative to reflect and experiment on the relationship between people, technology, and cities. In collaboration with the EIT Urban Mobility supported project Ces4Kids, and our partner VOI, we coordinated a workshop session where young students were challenged to present their ideas and solutions to their city’s daily mobility challenges. Creativity, engagement, and a bunch of robust and feasible ideas were the results of the workshop. The session also reaffirmed the idea that citizen Engagement must start at an early age, and people should be able to express their ideas and be considered in the process of (re)designing a city.

Our second event brought us to the city of Toulouse. Under the umbrella of “Le Festival Toulouse Innovante et Durable”, EIT Urban Mobility designed an action in collaboration with CARNET, core partner, and Factory. Together we created a space where citizens could discover EIT Urban Mobility and the pilot project implemented in Toulouse, give their inputs about how to improve citizen’s mobility = citizen’s life in the city, learn about sustainable mobility habits in our co-organised workshops and discover the mission and the vision of EIT Urban Mobility. All under one roof and in an appealing context that helped citizens approach us. These direct conversations and information exchanges facilitated the citizens’ engagement and empowerment and helped us position ourselves as key actors in the mobility ecosystem.

We strongly defend that true engagement is not merely providing information and gaining support from citizens, but it is about reinforcing the sense of community and building up citizenship in a participatory process. Events are a powerful tool to connect with the citizens and co-organising them in collaboration with our partners makes sense to our actions.

Launch of RAPTOR Call for Proposals


ADDENDUM to City RAPTOR Call: Given the recent reworking of EIT UM Partnership categories and the new Leading City status, an addendum must be made to the City RAPTOR Call 2022 , Section 3.1.2 Partner Categories.  As of 17 February 2022, this is now amended to read.

Within EIT Urban Mobility, cities are our driving force and enabler of faster innovation adoption. To harness the wider city innovation capacity and ensure innovation closer to citizens, we developed a Rapid Application for Transport (RAPTOR) Pilot in 2021. This pilot helped four cities/towns identify niche mobility issues in specific locations with defined parameters and clear success criteria. Once these niche city mobility challenges were defined, a competition was launched for local innovators, teams and startups to propose any solution as long as the original issue and outcomes were addressed. This provided space for lateral thinking beyond our own networks.

Each city, supported by technical and business advisors, selected the most promising solution to receive a prize, in-kind and cash, to advance the proposal to a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) to be tested in the city within four months of award. For the Innovation programme of EIT Urban Mobility, agile, entrepreneurial innovation based on problem/challenges with rapid development timelines closer to citizens and in a named location has the potential to become a powerful tool in our innovation agenda.

With this RAPTOR call, the EIT Urban Mobility will select three city partnerships from around Europe to replicate the initial pilot programme.

EIT Urban Mobility Core Partner or an Affiliated Entity of a Core Partner are eligible to apply along with 1 to 2 consortia partner(s) with experience leading or past involvement in managing accelerator programmes and/or venture builders.

Details of the RAPTOR Call:

  • Call opening: 13 December 2021
  • Call closing: 25 February 2022
  • Eligibility and admissibility check: End of February 2022
  • Evaluation of proposals by external experts: End of March 2022
  • Panel hearing: End of March 2022
  • Communication of results: Early April 2022
  • Project Start: 01 May 2022

Budget Allocation: Up to 630.000 EUR for up to three projects

List of documents to be submitted: Application form via AwardsPlatform

List of documents to take into consideration:

Short summary of the topics to be addressed:

Rapid Agile Support for Cities: Rapid Applications for Transport (RAPTOR) aims to address niche city mobility challenges for cities/towns/neighbourhoods and promote local solutions by funding individuals, teams, startups or SMEs with support from the respective city/town/neighbourhood.

Evaluation criteria:

  • Excellence 
  • Impact 
  • Implementation