The 5 European start-ups in electric mobility to keep in mind in 2023

Transport and mobility services are an important part of the EU economy, accounting for at least 5% of total value added and employing approximately 10.5 million people[1].  As transport transitions to climate neutrality, it will continue to be the base of Europe’s economy. EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, invested in more than 60 start-ups in 2022 alone. By funding solutions with a variety in mobility subsectors, European regions, and team diversity, EIT Urban Mobility accelerates the innovation needed to reach climate neutrality.

As a result, passenger mobility is undergoing major changes and shifts to new paradigms and there is growing concern about the long-term sustainability of major transportation systems, particularly those in cities. Ride hailing (23%), and ridesharing (12%)1 are the most used new mobility services in Europe in 2022, while the electric vehicle market still a much smaller sector, is exploding. The Electric Vehicles market in Europe is projected to grow by 17.05% (2023-2027) resulting in a market volume of US$332.80bn in 2027.

Fredrik Hånell, Impact Ventures Director:Europe leads not only in green and green-digital innovation, but also in innovation overall. To keep this up, EIT Urban Mobility boosted its investments to fund these 60 early-stage start-ups, which not only create a possible financial return but allows for us to also push for a strong focus on team and regional diversity, and environmental and social impact. European start-ups need to consider diversity and impact, to keep ahead of the curve, and defend our worldwide advantage.”

A closer look at 5 start-ups that are making an impact across Europe in electrical mobility: 

Elonroad (Sweden)

  • Elonroad’s disruptive technology is the first electric road with a ground level feeding system tested in an urban environment with a city bus and other vehicles in the city of Lund. Their solution is enabling the reduction of the vehicles batteries size, making electric vehicles more sustainable and accessible and creating the most significant impact in the direct reduction of GHG emissions. 

Circu Li-Ion (Luxembourg)

  • By 2030, the EU will become second in demand for batteries worldwide yet increasing the number of new batteries isn’t a sustainable option. Circu-lion is upcycling batteries for the mobility sector and maximizing the value of each lion cell and consequently reducing the need for new batteries production. Not only does their solution have a positive environmental footprint, but they are also creating a significant impact on the circular economy in the battery industry. 

Waybler (Sweden)

  • Waybler is accelerating the Electric Vehicle adoption and its infrastructure. By having an intelligent load balancing and phase distribution technology, they are directly creating a positive impact in energy savings and efficiency. 

Chainge (Denmark)

  • Chainge is replacing diesel vans with electric cargo bikes in last mile logistics. Due to the decrease on the number of vehicles around the city (no road congestion) and consequently massive reduction of hazardous emissions produced and air pollution, their product has a positive environmental impact. 

Inbalance Grid (Lithuania)

  • Inbalance grid is focusing on electric vehicle charging with the goal of making charging available everywhere. Their cloud balancing solution improves energy efficiency as well as reduces environmental impact of cities in terms of air quality by indirectly contributing to the reduction of GHG emissions. At the same time, their solution promotes the adoption of clean technologies and reduces the material consumption/waste due to extending the grids’ lifetime.

More information about these start-ups, and our other  33 start-ups working on electrical vehicles, and the complete EIT Urban Mobility portfolio can be found: Portfolio – EIT Urban mobility 

In 2022, a staggering 87% of all VC funding in Europe continues to be raised by male-only founding teams, while the proportion of funding raised by women-only teams has dropped to 1%, according to the State of European Tech. Within EIT Urban Mobility’s portfolio, 40% of the total funding is assigned to female-led and co-led start-ups.   

More information 

By focusing on investing in all European regions, EIT Urban Mobility supports innovation to improve urban mobility and the creation of livable cities for all European citizens. Examples of these new geographical investments are Estonia (Lightcode and Fyma), Hungary (M3ter and FolderGo) and Lithuania (Walk15 and Inbalance Gri). In 2022, EIT Urban Mobility also diversified its portfolio with investments in new verticals, e.g. ConTech (Propergate), InsurTech (GoCleer), Hydrogen (Digas) and Water Mobility (Hyke and Zeabuz).  Mioo Cycling solution enables easy access to bicycle repair and maintenance, which creates a positive impact on people’s health and safety. By encouraging active mobility, they are also contributing to a positive environmental impact.  EIT Urban Mobility keeps looking for the most prominent entrepreneurs to disrupt the European mobility industry. The next open call for investments will open in March. Sign up to receive a notification when the call opens.


[1] 2022 New Mobility Patterns in European Cities Task A Final report.pdf (europa.eu)

EIT Urban Mobility and Madrid City Council launch seven new mobility solutions to boost intermodality

  • The EIT Urban Mobility initiative, “Challenge My City”, is to facilitate multimodal urban connectivity, sustainable logistics and cycling and pedestrian safety in Madrid between different sustainable modes of transport.
  • This initiative has attracted an investment of €250,000 in Madrid from EIT Urban Mobility for entrepreneurs from seven pilot projects to implement their solutions for 6 months.
  • Today’s inauguration of the pilot projects was presented by Borja Carabante, Delegate for the Environment and Mobility of Madrid, Lola Ortiz, Director General of Mobility Planning and Infrastructures of the Madrid City Council, and Lluis Puerto, EIT Urban Mobility Market Development Director. 

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Madrid, 16 January 2023. Today, EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, and the Madrid City Council, have presented the #ChallengeMyCity programme. At this event, seven innovative urban mobility solutions of the five start-ups have been inaugurated. The main objective of these innovative mobility pilots is to provide Madrid City Council with new ways to facilitate sustainable door-to-door travel through the promotion of intermodality.

During Monday’s presentation, representatives of both organisations visited the first solar-powered charging station for electric scooters and bicycles that facilitates multimodal urban connectivity through sustainable means of transport, implemented by the Sevillian start-up Solum at Chamartín Station.

At EIT Urban Mobility we are truly committed to cities, and we understand that technology is essential to achieve sustainable urban mobility that benefits everyone. Therefore, we must move towards collaboration between city councils, citizens, and companies if we want to achieve this“, says Lluís Puerto, Director of Market Development at EIT Urban Mobility.

Sustainable mobility, the great challenge for cities

Madrid City Council and EIT Urban Mobility have cooperated over the last year through the #ChallengeMyCity programme to deploy up to seven pilots of innovative urban mobility solutions provided by different start-ups and organisations in different parts of the city. Concretely, EIT Urban Mobility experts have worked with technicians from the mobility planning area of the Madrid City Council to determine the mobility challenges facing the city, aligning with the mobility policies approved in the Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (PMUS) and the investments made or planned by the City Council. This initiative has attracted an investment of €250,000 in Madrid, by EIT Urban Mobility.

Five start-ups – Vadebike, Solum, SmartPoint, Dashfactor and Vianova – three of them Spanish, and a total of seven projects, have been selected through an open competition at European level whose objective is to implement these services in open mobility environments over the next six months. These projects will collect anonymised data on their use and will analyse the environmental, economic, and social benefits they can bring to each city. The projects are:

  • Vadebike: has installed a secure bicycle parking area in Plaza de Castilla, next to the metro. In this way, it facilitates intermodality between sustainable means of transport such as bicycles and public transport, thus resolving one of the factors that most concerns users, namely the security of their bicycle against theft. The fully digitised car park allows users to safely store both their bicycle and their helmet during the day, encouraging the use of micro-mobility in combination with other sustainable modes of transport at the Plaza Castilla Interchange.
  • SmartPoint: has 10 e-commerce parcel collection points, digitally connecting the delivery logistics chain with end customers, who travel to pick up their products at SmartPoint’s ticket offices. In this way, door-to-door delivery and the associated polluting emissions are avoided.
  • Dashfactory: will install 125 smart cameras on bicycles, equipped with sensors to detect risk situations for cyclists, black spots and bike lanes with more intensive use. All the information generated on a daily basis will be available to the City Council for the detection of points where to reinforce safety or prioritise the construction of cycle lanes. The data generated through this pilot will allow the city to improve road conditions for Madrid’s cyclists and encourage cycling.
  • Vianova: has a digital dashboard through which municipal technicians can visualise anonymised data on the use of shared mobility vehicles, to which a module for analysing pedestrian use of public space has been added, so that pedestrian areas can be improved and conflicts with micro-mobility users can be avoided. This pilot, which has been launched around the new pedestrian area of Puerta del Sol, will allow the City Council to understand the behavioural patterns of pedestrians and micro-mobility users, and thus create and improve new pedestrian areas in Madrid.
  • Solum: has implemented a station with a universal charging system for electric scooters and bicycles, which also provides safe parking for users. The station has a solar floor that provides energy, making it a completely autonomous and sustainable installation. It has been installed at Chamartín Station as part of the project to convert the station into a multi-service hub to facilitate intermodal travel by sustainable means of transport.
  • Car park for shared scooters: also part of the Chamartín multiservice project, a new car park has been created for shared electric scooters. This space has been created through the conversion of a car park for private motor vehicles, and favours multimodality between micro-mobility and public transport.
  • Parking point for electric vehicles: located in the Chamartín multi-service hub, it favours the use of rideshare services and electric vehicles to reach the station, thus promoting sustainable mobility in combination with public transport.

In 2023, four new cities will join the programme. Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), Braga (Portugal), Larisa (Greece) and Heraklion (Greece) will work with EIT Urban Mobility over the course of a year to implement innovative solutions adapted to their mobility challenges.

The #ChallengeMyCity programme – 2022 edition has implemented 9 innovative solutions from 7 start-ups in 3 European cities: Milan, Toulouse, and Madrid.

Press invitation: Inauguration of the urban mobility pilots of the #ChallengeMyCity Madrid

Madrid, Monday, January 16, 2023. EIT Urban Mobility invites you through the Madrid City Council and EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, to the presentation of #ChallengeMyCity Madrid.

The objective of the initiative is to facilitate multimodal urban connectivity between different means of sustainable transport and for this purpose seven pilot projects have been selected. EIT Urban Mobility will test for six months to analyze the environmental, economic and social impact of the solutions.

  • Solum: charging station using solar energy for electric scooters and bicycles.
  • Vadebike: safe and digitized parking for bicycles.
  • Dashfactory: detection system for cyclist road safety black spots.
  • SmartPoint: digitized e-commerce parcel collection points.
  • Vianova: monitoring system for coexistence between pedestrians and micromobility.
  • Parking for shared scooters: new parking for shared electric scooters.
  • Parking point for electric vehicles: favors the use of rideshare services and electric vehicles.

The 2022 edition of #ChallengeMyCity has facilitated the implementation of 9 innovative solutions from 7 start-ups in 3 European cities: Milan, Toulouse and Madrid.

Below, you can find the details of the launch event:

  • DATE AND TIME: Monday, January 16, 09:30-11:00
  • PLACE: Hotel Chamartín The One (C/Agustin de Foxa, s/n. 28036. Madrid.)
  • To confirm attendance or with any questions, you can write to media@eiturbanmobility.eu

Rebel and EIT Urban Mobility start-up Vianova launch a new AI tool for CO2 emissions reduction

Paris based tech company Vianova just released an innovative tool to measure and reduce carbon emissions due to overall transportation in cities. This tool, powered with advanced AI algorithms, is designed to help cities and mobility operators efficiently curb transport CO2 emissions by identifying areas where shared mobility can be deployed to maximise chances of mode shift from private cars.

The tool, Mobility Policy Auto-Tuner (MPAT), has been developed in collaboration with global transport consultancy Rebel Group, and is built on top of Vianova’s platform in order to map carbon reduction potential across cities.

The feature represents a significant potential for urban planners in cities to incentivise mobility operators to deploy vehicles in the “right” areas – where it would lead to maximum net CO2 savings. With the MPAT feature they can:

  • identify those areas where regulations or infrastructure (such as mandatory device rebalancing, or a mobility hub) should be implemented in order to nudge citizens into greater shared mobility usage, shifting travel to light low-carbon travel modes
  • anticipate the “alternative carbon footprint” of a trip that would be taken by a shared transport mode
  • model the potential impact of the policy from a CO2 perspective over time
  • monitor whether the implemented policies truly achieve the predicted CO2 emissions reductions
  • recalibrate the AI algorithm to suggest better regulations given the tracked outcomes

Operating in more than 60 cities across the globe, Vianova was able to model potential carbon savings and forecast that the MPAT feature could help cities save up to 1’000 tons of CO2 per city yearly, representing more than 10% of the average total carbon footprint in these cities. This considerable potential would substantially participate in the global sustainability goals of reducing transport emissions by 30% by 2030 to stay below the +2 C° threshold according to the 2022 IPCC Global Report. 

Read more about how Vianova has grown in the last years with the support of EIT Urban Mobility in this article on Data for better urban planning.

Meet the winners of #ChallengeMyCity 2022

#ChallengeMyCity has selected seven start-ups to test their mobility solutions in Milan, Toulouse, and Madrid.

The winners will each receive around €50,000 in funding from EIT Urban Mobility to implement a solution to an urban mobility challenge faced by the city and the opportunity to showcase their product in a real environment through a 6-month pilot.

Following the tests, EIT Urban Mobility will analyse their social, economic, and environmental impact, to let the city permanently adopt the solutions.

The test of these solutions allows the city to better understand how to tackle the mobility challenges it faces. In a matter of months, #ChallengeMyCity is providing each city with insights into how to improve its urban mobility, to make it more accessible and sustainable.

Meet the winners and their solutions:

Milan

Don Cicleto: A secure bike shelter at Rogoredo station to foster the use of micromobility amongst commuters and improve the connection in peripheric train stations.

SOLUM: A solar-powered docking station for e-vehicles at Rogoredo station to foster the use of micromobility amongst commuters and improve the connection in peripheric train stations.

Toulouse

Nielsen: A secure bike shelter at Matabiau station to foster the use of micromobility amongst commuters and enable intermodality.

SOLUM: A solar-powered docking station for e-vehicles to foster the use of micromobility amongst commuters and enable intermodality.

Madrid

Smartpoint: A logistics service for green last-mile delivery.

Dashbike: A camera device and data platform to monitor cyclist flows and bike path safety.

Vianova: A data platform to monitor active mobility flows in Plaza del Sol.

Vadecity: A secure bike parking in Plaza Castilla.

SOLUM: A solar-powered docking station for e-vehicles at Chamartín station to foster the use of micromobility amongst commuters.

Pilots in these three cities are kicking off in September and October 2022, look out for the launch events!

For solution providers looking to participate in the next editions of #ChallengeMyCity, keep an eye out for future calls on our media channels, opening early 2023.

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.

New Podcast released: Designing safe urban mobility!

How do we design our urban spaces to be and feel safer? It’s not as simple as installing cameras everywhere to watch over everyone. In this episode, our wonderful host Brittany Atkins chats with expert guests Marianne Weinreich, Debbie Dekkers, and Dan Campsall about how the presence (or absence) of safety in mobility and urban planning can be affected by gender, age, lifestyle, and more.

Marianne Weinreich is a Market Manager of Smart Mobility at Ramboll, a Danish (but international) engineering and design consultancy that aims to create sustainable solutions across transport. She has spent the last 20+ years working in mobility as a consultant and manager, and is also the co-founder and chairman of the Cycling Embassy.

Debbie Dekkers is a Programme Manager and “innovatiemanager” at the Innovation Office for the city of Amsterdam. The organisation aims to make the city more efficient and evolved for the benefit of its residents, using the power of technology to prepare for future mobility. As a programme manager, Debbie works mainly within smart mobility with a focus on MaaS, trends analysis, and anticipating new mobility concepts.

Dan Campsall is the Chairman of Agilysis, a transport behaviour and safety consultancy, with the goal to transform lives through healthier and safer communities via intelligent solutions. He also is the Vice-Chair of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for transport safety in the UK, and has been involved in the transport safety sector of mobility for about 20 years.

This episode delves into the complex subject that is safety in urban design and urban mobility, and examines it from a variety of different angles and perspectives.

A main theme our guest spoke on was how safety and the perception of safety in urban mobility can vary based on a number of demographics – Marianne spoke about how automotive safety features are structured to accommodate the average man, leaving women out of the safety equation. Debbie notes how not all urban infrastructure bears in mind the elderly or the disabled, who might need longer time and digital assistance at crosswalks and complex road crossings. Dan also commented how minorities and those living in deprived communities can be at greater risk of road injury, as well as facing lower quality infrastructure. However, they all note that there is still a sense of excitement and ambition as newer, smarter technology and strategy come to light as  solutions to these existing issues.

This is just the surface, and there are so many more levels of discussion and conversation on this episode – that we are proud to sponsor. You can hear the full discussion on Apple Podcasts, as well as anywhere else you find your podcasts.

The Scale up programme is looking for 12 urban mobility startups

The Scale up programme, financed by EIT Urban Mobility, opened up a call to identify the 12 most promising startups with solutions for sustainable urban mobility. The programme aims to take the selected startups to the next level by helping them find funding and partnerships through attendance at major European events, giving them visibility to potential investors, and bringing them closer to implementing their solutions in real environments. The application period is open until 12 June 2022.

The programme supports the startups in the introduction of their solutions to the market through two different paths.

Path A: will provide international growth to startups with attendance at high-impact events, networking opportunities, increased visibility, and additional services valued at 25.000€ to 5 selected startups.

Path B: includes the benefits of path A and aims to implement seven pilots with industry and city partners with the opportunity of being funded up to 50.000€ by EIT Urban Mobility.

When applying for path B, participating startups have the opportunity to solve one of the 15 challenges raised by top European cities and industry companies from the urban mobility sector. The startups will get support from the public authorities and organisations that have raised the challenges, and from the consortium members developing the Scale up programme.

The Scale up programme is led by CARNET, with the collaboration of PowerHub, Fraunhofer Society for the Advancement of Applied Research, UnternehmerTUM, Technische Universität Braunschweig, Niedersächsisches Forschungszentrum Fahrzeugtechnik (NFF), Digital Hub Logistics Hamburg and the City of Hamburg, Xpreneurs, UnternehmerTUM Digital Hub Mobility.

For more information about the Scale up programme, the description of the challenges, and to apply for the programme, visit https://www.eiturbanmobility.eu/business-creation/scale-up-programme/

Join the Citython 2022 Žilina and co-ideate the solutions for your city! 

Citython 2022, a project funded by EIT UM and organised by CARNET, analyses mobility challenges faced by cities, where multi-disciplinary teams of students and professionals from different backgrounds and expertise (architecture, urban planning, data science, engineering, human science, and business creation) compete against each other to provide innovative solutions.

This hybrid (in person and online) Citython will be held in the city of Žilina, Slovakia, from 29 April to 1 May. The first edition of 2022 is focused on smart mobility, in the context of climate resilient cities, public engagement and extreme weather and humanitarian emergencies. The goal of this Citython is that young professionals search for innovative and creative solutions that can be applied in the city of Žilina to foster innovation. 

This hackathon will provide an opportunity for brilliant young talents to create their works with the help of mentors and experts, who will be at hand during the event, while also experiencing the unforgettable thrill of coming together with peers who share the same passion for digital technology and innovation. 

Citython 2022 is an international event focusing on urban challenges in RIS countries  in which the participating teams work on implementing their ideas from inception to presentable project or prototype in 54 hours. Next events are going to be held Neapolis-Sykies, Greece, and Kosice, Slovakia. Learn more here.

More than 35 cities from 15 different countries are collaborating in innovation projects supported by the EIT Urban Mobility in 2022

Cities are our driving force and enabler of faster innovation adoption. Supported by the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Programme, more than 35 cities from 15 different countries are currently involved in the development of groundbreaking solutions with a high Technology Readiness Level (TRL) in response to the urban mobility challenges that threaten our urban environment.

Within this framework, we organised 3 online events, in which knowledge and experiences were shared through a series of webinars held by the City Club, the community of practice of local governments engaged in the EIT Urban Mobility Knowledge and Innovation Community. City representatives came together and engaged in a dynamic discussion around three key themes: accelerating market opportunities, encouraging clean and green mobility solutions, and deploying safe and inclusive mobility strategies. In total, 11 Innovation Projects of the EIT Urban Mobility’s 2022 portfolio were presented. The series of innovation and knowledge transfer activities within the City Club continues this spring 2022 with two online events in the coming days: one on successful examples of citizen engagement in mobility projects, and another on the NetZeroProject and the Mission platform to help achieve 100 Climate-neutral and Smart cities.

The first webinar gathered a group of cities collaborating with start-ups in their quest to respond to urban challenges by creating new relationships and facilitating their access to innovation networks.

Ms. Marij Lambert (City of Leuven, Belgium) presented the FlexCURB project, focused on the implementation of flexible and dynamic curbside management solutions to improve urban last-mile operations by fostering sectoral collaboration and tailoring tools to enhance how city logistics are presently comprehended, coordinated, and regulated. The city partners in the FlexCURB project are Leuven (BE), Toulouse Metropole (FR), Eurometropole Strasbourg (FR), and Funchal (PT).

Mr. David Fernández (Esplugues de Llobregat Municipality, Spain) illustrated the LogiSmile project, which is piloting a fully autonomous delivery system consisting of an Autonomous Hub Vehicle (AHV) that works in cooperation with smaller Autonomous Delivery Devices (ADD). A demonstration of the AHV system will take place in June in Esplugues de Llobregat (Spain). Hamburg (Germany) will host a demonstration of the AHV system this August. Finally, in October, both AHV and ADD integrated systems will be piloted in Debrecen (Hungary). The city partners in LogiSmile are Esplugues de Llobregat (ES), Hamburg and their affiliated organisation ITS Hamburg 2021 GmbH (DE), AMB – Barcelona Metropolitan Area (ES), and Dkv Debreceni Közlekedési Zrt (HU).

Finally, Mr. Alparslan Güzey (Istanbul Kultur University, Turkey) introduced the UATMDEVDEM (Urban Air Traffic Management DEVelopment & DEMonstration) project approach for developing an autonomous urban air traffic management system and supporting hardware/software components to test innovative urban air mobility solutions (including goods delivery, waste collection, and transport) in alignment with city policies that increase the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles. Beyond Istanbul, the other city partner involved in UATMDEVDEM is Belgrade (RS).

The second webinar focused on ways to implement sustainable mobility solutions based on clean and green energy.

Mr. Victor Moyano (FACTUAL Consulting, Spain) opened the session with Cleanergy4Micromobility, whose main objective is the creation and pilot implementation of an innovative platform for an off-grid and 100% clean energy (well to wheel) docking system for e-scooters powered by a solar pavement, with a cableless e-scooter attachment and adequate space for the storage of personal protective equipment. The city partners in Cleanergy4Micromobility are Barcelona (ES), Istanbul (TR), and Major Development Agency Thessaloniki (GR). 

Then, Mr. Àngel López (City of Barcelona, Spain) presented ECOSWAP, which aims to develop a swap-and-go battery ecosystem and a new associated business model for deploying electric motorbikes as a competitive, agile, and sustainable means of transport in cities. The city partners involved in ECOSWAP are Barcelona Regional Agency for Urban Development and AMB – Barcelona Metropolitan Area (ES), Barcelona Serveis Municipals (ES), Sant Boi de Llobregat (ES), Network of Sustainable Greek Islands Dafni (GR), Astypalaia (GR), and Verona (IT).

Ms. Francine Linssen (Brainport Smart District, The Netherlands) introduced SmartHubs, aiming at developing and validating effective and economically viable smart and shared mobility hub solutions. The main objective is to assess if a co-designed, user-centric development can enable mobility hubs to act as a game changer to maximise accessibility and inclusion, reduce emissions, and use urban space more efficiently. The city partners in SmartHubs are Amsterdam (NL), Eindhoven (NL), Helmond (NL), Brainport SmartDistrict (NL), AMB-Barcelona Metropolitan Area (ES), Lisbon Metropolitan Transport (PT), and Sant Cugat del Valles (ES). More information is available here.

To close this second session, Mr. Raúl Urbano (Automotive Technology Center of Galicia – CTAG, Spain) presented PowerManagement. This project aims to deploy clean green mobility via power management solutions, providing a sustainable one-stop-shop solution for operators of parking spaces with electric vehicle chargers that removes bottlenecks from the power distribution network. The city partners in PowerManagement are Ricany (CZ), and Izmir (TR). 

Finally, the third webinar brought together four speakers and a group of cities attracted by the design of mobility solutions around users’ needs to provide clean, safe, affordable, and equitable travel options.

Mr. Helge Wurdemann (University College London, United Kingdom) presented the LivingLAPT project, which will deliver autonomous shuttle/logistics services by phasing out the need for safety drivers and moving towards remote operators. The city partners in LivingLAPT are Helmond (NL), Prague (CZ), Ricany (CZ), Kongsberg (NO), and Hasselt (BE).

Mr. Jordi Ortuño (City of Barcelona, Spain) and Ms. Anthi Tsakiropoulou (Major Development Agency of Thessaloniki, Greece) introduced RideSafeUM. This project will allow to proactively prevent micromobility accidents and gather data for wider learning, policy-making, and management purposes. The solution will be based on the integration of computer-vision software, with camera, GPS, and a gyroscope. In addition, a city dashboard will enable authorities to identify and dynamically manage micromobility safety issues. The city partners in RideSafeUM are Barcelona (ES), Roma Servizi Mobilità (IT), and Major Development Agency of Thessaloniki (GR). 

Afterwards, Ms. Olga Pereira (Braga Municipality, Portugal) presented the BICIFICATION project, which aims at supporting a modal shift towards green and active mobility through a reward-based gamification program, by proposing an advanced solution (TRL9) consisting of a completely anti-fraud patented hardware and software for monitoring and rewarding bike trips reliably. The city partners in BICIFICATION are Istanbul (TR), Braga (PT), and Tallinn (EE). Learn more here.

Finally, Ms. Annalisa Mangone (City of Milan, Italy) and Mr. Francesco Guaraldi (City of Modena, Italy) explained IPA2X:  Intelligent Pedestrian Assistant to Everyone. This project proposes to improve pedestrian crossings by creating a robust alliance among the most important living labs on autonomous driving, research institutes and OEMs. With this objective, the project will pilot a new intelligent pedestrian assistant robot (IPA2X) and assess users’ acceptance in the urban environment. The city partners in IPA2X are Milan (IT), and Modena (IT).

Just launched! Call for Proposals for Factory: #ChallengeMyCity – Madrid

Urban Mobility went through unexpected and momentous changes in 2020 and 2021. COVID-19 ripped through our nations and cities bringing individual, community and societal upheaval and turmoil. Density and proximity, the very two things that make our cities the economic, cultural, intellectual, political, and innovative beating hearts of our society, were also the weakest points when faced with a new and deadly threat.

It has been an unforgettable couple of years that have shaped our thinking on where EIT Urban Mobility needs to go. We learned we could move fast and innovate at pace. We learned that the right thinkers and doers are out there – they just need to be found. We learned that innovation can be financially beneficial and contribute to sustainable growth.

In 2022, we want to provide momentum and support innovators further into the early stages of market uptake, and simultaneously help cities address their sustainability challenges in mobility with innovative approaches. Reducing the time-to-market of successfully piloted innovations and overcoming market-entry barriers is at the core of the objectives of this call for solutions. The post-covid urban mobility landscape leaves us limited time to reach our collective 2030 goals, and a true decade of action is needed to implement change in cities.

We look forward to receiving your applications!

Main features of the call (aim and challenges)

The overall purpose of the Factory programme is to resolve challenges facing European cities to improve citizens’ lives, by taking innovative ideas and putting them to the test in real life.

The Factory programmes helps all type and size of enterprises grow their successful business ventures and scale up their products and services. It does so by providing co-funding and opportunities for networking.

This #ChallengeMyCity call aims at resolving mobility-related challenges faced by European cities in their urban environment with market-ready innovative solutions. This year’s issue of the call is dedicated to the city of Madrid and project proposals are invited to address at least one of these 3 different Challenges:

  • Challenge A – in Madrid: Logistics hub for green last mile delivery
  • Challenge B – in Madrid: Safety for bicycle paths & monitoring of cyclist flows
  • Challenge C – in Madrid: Monitoring active mobility flows in new urban spaces

Contact details

Type of contactEmail
Legal, financial, administrative, and technical procedurespmo@eiturbanmobility.eu
Content of the Callfactory@eiturbanmobility.eu

Events-Webinars

Here you can find the link to the Info Day webinar that will take place on the 6 May at 11:00 CEST: https://eiturbanmobility-eu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_ha9T7730SPCdgz83IHRaRw

You can check here the presentation used in the Info Day webinar.

Call summary


Call for Proposals for Factory for #ChallengeMyCity Madrid: Main Features
Dates
Call opening: 20 April 2022
Call closing:  20 June 2022 at 17:00 CEST
Eligibility and admissibility check: End of June 2022
Evaluation of proposals: July 2022
Communication of results: End of July – Beginning of August 2022

Total EIT funding allocated to this call
 Up to 160,000 EUR

Total EIT funding allocation per challenge
Challenge A: Up to 60,000 EUR
Challenge B: Up to 50,000 EUR
Challenge C: Up to 50,000 EUR

Link to the submission portal
The PLAZA platform will be available from 20 April 2022
List of documents to be submitted
Application form (available on the website)
At least one letter of recommendation from the city or client where a prior pilot was carried out
The SME registration certificate
The Pitch Deck
List of documents to take into consideration    
Call Manual 2021-2022 Factory #ChallengeMyCity
EIT Urban Mobility Strategic Agenda 2021-2027
List of KPIs for Factory
Guidelines for Applicants
Eligibility of expenditure
Appeal procedure

Activity implementation
Handbook for subgrantees (Available soon)
Horizon Europe Model Grant Agreement
Short summary of the topics to be addressed
#ChallengeMyCity Madrid The #ChallengeMyCity call provides innovative mobility solutions with the opportunity to perform a pilot in a city’s urban environment in real conditions. The challenges of this call are located in the city of Madrid (Spain). EIT Urban Mobility and Madrid City Council have developed the mobility challenges that need to be addressed and Madrid will be hosting the pilots to tackle these challenges. During the implementation of the activities, the pilots will take place in parallel. The pilot implementation will be co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility and administratively supported by the city (and public service providers, where applicable). The impact of the pilots will be evaluated to assess the potential success of a long-term implementation of the tested solutions.
Evaluation criteria
For the Quality evaluation: Three External Expert Evaluators (EEEs) and two internal evaluation experts will assess the team capability, impact, excellence, and the implementation of the proposals.

For the Pitch: The Selection Committee members will assess the quality of the pitch presentation that includes compliance with the financial sustainability principles and knowledge triangle integration.