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2024 Targeted Open Call Projects

We are proud to announce the Targeted Open Call project results for 2024. The projects address critical challenges such as accelerating the hydrogen transition, supporting companies to report their employee commute emissions, aiding bus manufacturers to comply with the new Vehicle General Safety Regulations (GSR2) regulations and supporting open innovation partnerships.

The conditionally approved projects that will commence in June and that will continue into 2025 are:

Targeted open call project topic 1 – Hydrogen technology: bridging the transition gap

Hero: Hydrogen retrofit for optimised and sustainable minibus mobility 

The HERO project, led by EVARM, is a groundbreaking initiative targeting the decarbonisation of urban minibus fleets. While there are multiple zero-emission technologies available for standard buses, city minibuses face significant limitations. These vehicles require extended operational hours of up to 18 hours without the possibility of refuelling, a challenge unmet by current battery capacities or hydrogen solutions that necessitate daily electric charging. Specifically, this project will focus on developing a fuel cell retrofit solution for turning existing diesel vehicles into hydrogen-powered, zero-emission vehicles.

Partners: Metropolitan Transport of Barcelona (TMB) (fleet operator), EKPO Fuel Cell Technologies, and EVARM Innovation.

Countries: Germany and Spain.

Hyiptrain: Hydrogen internal combustion engine passenger train

Hyiptrain seeks to transform the railway industry by introducing a hydrogen retrofit kit for diesel trains. This project aims to significantly reduce the upfront costs of hydrogen adoption, facilitating the conversion of traditional diesel trains into more sustainable, hydrogen-powered models. This solution will not only help train operators align with the decarbonisation goals set by the European Green Deal in a cost-effective manner but also lead to a reduction in NOx and PM emissions, positively impacting air quality in urban areas.

Partners: Digas and Mikroluch

Countries: Latvia and Ukraine

Targeted open call project topic 2 – Employee commute analytics and CSRD reporting

Travalytics: Automated collection and analytics of employee travel for corporate sustainability reporting

Travalytics aims to simplify corporate sustainability reporting by automating the collection and analysis of employee travel data. The solution will help companies comply with the new CSRD regulations which will mandate companies with 500+ employees to submit sustainability reports from 2025. The solution will offer regulatory compliance in a more accurate and cost-effective manner compared to existing solutions. The collected data can then also be used to promote more sustainable commuting behaviours.

Partners: Trivector Traffic, Backtick Technologies, Tetrapak, and the Danish Society of Engineers (IDA)

Countries: Sweden and Denmark.

Targeted open call project topic 3 – City buses & GSR2 compliance

ABC: Advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) for buses in cities 

The ABC project, led by Autonomy Now in collaboration with Sor Libchavy, aims to revolutionise bus safety in urban environments. With buses being a vital part of public transportation but also posing risks to pedestrians and cyclists due to their size and manoeuvrability limitations, the project focuses on implementing advanced driver-assistance systems(ADAS) to mitigate these dangers. The introduction of Vehicle General Safety Regulation (GSR2) mandates new vehicles to incorporate ADAS, pushing the need for innovative solutions.

ABC will deliver an out-of-the-box ADAS solution for small and mid-sized city bus original equipment manufacturers (OEM) from countries part of the Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) preventing their lock-out from the market. The solution will incorporate features like blind spot monitoring, reversing camera view, and driver drowsiness warnings. This system not only meets current regulatory requirements but also includes Advanced Emergency Braking Systems (AEBS) to further enhance safety. The project will involve extensive testing in both controlled environments and real-world settings to ensure the system’s reliability and effectiveness. Bus manufacturers will be able to acquire and install the validated solution as part of their homologation process.

Partners: AutonomyNow and Sor Libchavy.

Countries: Poland and Czech Republic.

Targeted open call project topic 4 – Integrating on-demand services for inclusive and accessible public transport

No project was selected.

Targeted open call project topic 5 – Multi-governmental open innovation partnerships for sustainable mobility solutions

EU-PROPEL: Collaborative partnership to propel innovative mobility solutions solving niche urban challenges in Europe.

EU-Propel will facilitate collaboration between EIT Urban Mobility and French Innovation Agency for Transport (AIT) will take the AIT’s current open innovation programme to the next level. The project will bring together 3 graduate startups from the open innovation programme Propulse and Bax & Company, innovation agency with a large network of EU cities, to tackle car-dependency issues in logistics, commuting, and leisure. Additionally, the project will stimulate scaling and replicability of mobility solutions targeting persisting sustainable urban mobility challenges and the internationalisation of the startups by enhancing the solutions’ overall readiness levels.

Partners: Bax & Company, French Innovation Agency For Transport (AIT), Ynstant, 1Km à Pied, and Deki.

Countries: Spain and France.

MoTO: a Turin living lab for a new inclusive, shared and digital mobility

The MoTO project aims to establish a mobility living lab in Turin, focusing on social, shared, and digital mobility innovations. Leveraging existing initiatives like “ToMove,” “Torino City Lab (TCL),” and “Casa delle Tecnologie emergenti di Torino (CTE NEXT),” it complements local and national programs with international support from EIT Urban Mobility and company networks. The project objective is to experiment within Turin’s context to assess feasibility, user value, and commercial potential of the urban mobility solutions proposed by Transcality, Dreamwaves, and Karos Mobility. MoTO aligns with the European “100 Climate Neutral Cities” mission and aims for scalability and replicability of solutions. Through this project and partnership, the city seeks to foster innovation, collaboration, and sustainable development, with an eye towards creating solutions that can benefit not only the local community but also society at large.

Partners:

 Karos Mobility, Dreamwaves, Transcality, City of Turin, Piemonte Innova Foundation.

Countries: Italy, Switzerland, Austria, France.

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EIT Urban Mobility is the  largest non-French investor in mobility start-ups in France, according to  new study

EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, has been recognised as the largest non-French investor in mobility start-ups in France. It is the second most active investor in the mobility transition in the country, after Bpifrance. EIT Urban Mobility currently provides financial support to fifteen mobility start-ups across the country. The same report indicated a +12% increase in fundraising between 2022 and 2023, for a record amount of €1.9 billion, making France the second-largest transport innovation ecosystem in Europe, after the UK.

One of the main difficulties for mobility startups in Europe, is to explore the possibility of real-life testing their solutions. Taking this into account, EIT Urban Mobility launched last week the RAPTOR (Rapid Applications for Transport) competition to respond to complex urban mobility issues identified by participating cities in 10 European countries. The platform offers open competition for startups and SMEs to propose solutions that address these challenges. Winners will receive €40,000 in funding and personalised support to pilot their solutions over a five-month period within the city. French entities are strongly encouraged to participate, in particular to promote solutions focusing on improving pedestrian and cyclist safety, promoting active mobility among the elderly and controlling CO2 emissions.

As a result, the Bout project was developed thanks to EIT Urban Mobility’s RAPTOR programme on the Seine in Paris, France. The project, a pioneer in urban mobility solutions on the river, uses its app and digital marketplace website to connect users with local boats for exploration and transport. While the Seine will be central to the Paris Olympic Games in summer 2024, Bout’s innovative approach is helping to develop sustainable waterborne transport and put the Seine back at the heart of French people’s lives.

“Beyond our current actions, EIT Urban Mobility is committed to continuing its involvement in France and to developing more collaborations and partnerships with startups and cities throughout France. We want to establish a lasting presence in the French urban mobility landscape to promote ever more innovative solutions tailored to the needs of the cities of tomorrow”, concluded María Paula Caycedo.

EIT Urban Mobility mostly intervenes at the early stages of the development of the startups, for an amount up to €500.000. Beyond financial support, EIT Urban Mobility also helps foster innovative projects by integrating them into the pan-European city ecosystems, providing mentoring and support for project development, and access to exclusive funding opportunities.

New study: The electric vehicle value chain in Catalonia

  • The study addresses the current transformation of the automotive sector in Catalonia due to the impact that new mobility trends are generating.
  • EIT Urban Mobility is one of the different social and economic agents representing the sector that has collaborated in the study, along with many other companies and institutions in the Catalan territory, covering the entire value chain.
  • The study, published by the Catalan Government, was presented at an event hosted by Mr Oriol Alcoba, general director of the Catalan Ministry of Industry.

Barcelona, 11 March 2024 — The purpose of the study The value chain of the electric vehicle in Catalonia is to address the transformation that the automotive sector is currently undergoing at a global level due to the impact that new mobility is generating, with the entry of connectivity and the electrification of vehicles. These changes significantly affect the entire value chain of the sector.

Understanding that the electric vehicle is a reality and one of the mobility models of the future, within the framework of this study, a strategic analysis of the current value chain of the automotive sector is carried out, as well as a comparison with what is currently happening in Catalonia.

Based on the detailed description of the current value chain of the automotive sector and the new ecosystem that electrification represents, a gap analysis of the sector’s situation in Catalonia with respect to a complete electric vehicle value chain in the territory within ten years is prepared. In this process, a mapping of Catalan companies in the sector and their positioning in the electric vehicle value chains is also proposed, as well as the detection of benchmark companies for each vehicle component at the international level.

Positioning the companies locally and internationally towards the new electric vehicle value chain, distinguishing the singularities represented by each primary market, such as Asia, North America, and Europe, allows an analysis of the technological capabilities of this value chain in Catalonia to be carried out.

The study on the value chain of the connected and autonomous vehicle (VCiA) in Catalonia establishes that one of the main challenges is to adapt the regulatory framework to future driving needs. The report calls for strengthening the established driving companies in Catalonia and generating opportunities to create and implement new ones.

In this sense, it states that “a solid industrial sector focused on the critical technologies incorporated into the VCiA must be articulated to stimulate and retain in Catalonia the production of the largest possible number of connectivity and autonomy components”.

Download the study (Catalan version)

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NetZeroCities: Twelve of EIT Urban Mobility’s Partner cities to pioneer in climate neutrality initiative

The NetZeroCities project has announced an additional 26 Pilot Cities to test new rapid decarbonisation approaches over a two-year programme. A total of 79 Pilot Cities, including 12 partner cities affiliated with EIT Urban Mobility, are leading the way in implementing innovative approaches to address their unique climate challenges. The initiative embraces a diverse and tailored strategy, acknowledging local specificities in its systemic transformation activities. By the end of the pilot, a comprehensive set of climate-mitigation solutions, ready for implementation, scaling, or replication, will be identified.

NetZeroCities Project: Empowering Cities for Climate Neutrality

Despite cities taking up only 4 % of the EU’s land area, they house 75 % of EU citizens, making them pivotal in achieving Europe’s ambitious emission reduction goals. The six-year NetZeroCities project supports the EU’s Mission of “100 Climate-Netural and Smart Cities by 2030”, empowering cities to lead the way in decarbonisation efforts. The project develops and promotes tools, resources, and knowledge exchange that target and mitigate CO2-emitting urban systems. Dedicated services and pilot programmes facilitate learning about climate neutrality at the local level, with a Twinning programme promoting peer-learning among cities. 

NetZeroCities Second Pilot Cities Cohort Announced

The NeZeroCities project has just announced the second Pilot Cities Cohort, consisting of 2 cities working individually or collaboratively to test innovative approaches to rapid decarbonisation. With a dedicated fund of 15 million Euros, this cohort aims to transform cities through initiatives spanning electrification of construction, citizen participation in climate action, and innovative governance systems. EIT Urban Mobility’s leading cities like Riga, Dublin, and Bucharest are actively participating in this endeavour, testing new approaches through 22 Pilot activities.

 

Pilot Cities Cohort 3 Call Open

In a continued effort to build on the project’s climate impact, NetZeroCities has opened the call for the third Pilot Cities Cohort until 18 March 2024. Cities not yet part of the Pilot Cities Programme are encouraged to become part of this pioneering effort, testing and implementing innovative approaches across various urban systems, contributing to climate neutrality.

EIT Urban Mobility’s efforts in NetZeroCities reflect our mission to create positive change for people and planet, creating greener and more resilient European cities.

Applications are open for the EIT Urban Mobility Market Readiness Accelerators 2024 

From 1 February to 15 April 2024, early-stage mobility startups have the opportunity to apply for the EIT Urban Mobility Market Readiness Accelerators. The Market Readiness Accelerators support entrepreneurs to build up a consistent business basis and avoid the most common failure for newly created startups: the lack of product-market fit. 

The Market Readiness Accelerators encompasses five thematic EU-funded programmes, which are implemented through well-recognised partners to take early-stage mobility startups to the next level. The five thematic areas include:

  • Future mobility
  • Inclusive mobility
  • Sustainable mobility
  • Smart mobility
  • Urban air mobility  

In addition to fitting one of these thematic areas, eligible startups should be able to demonstrate a focus on SDG impact, gender equality, and team diversity.

The programme’s main objective is to provide expertise in urban mobility fields for startups to validate the business approach with a focus on product-market fit. Additionally, the Market Readiness Accelerators set up the basis for successful fundraising strategies and prepare businesses to get ready to scale. The programme also offers individual business training, investor pitch coaching, an impact assessment of the venture, and product and technology validation with potential access to a network of living labs.  

Applications to the accelerators can be made via AwardForce or you can sign up for the information session on 8 February 2024 at 12.00 CET to get more details about the open call.  

EIT Urban Mobility investment portfolio grows to 127 ventures

With a total of 46 investments in new startups in 2023, the investment portfolio of EIT Urban Mobility, launched 4 years ago, now contains 127 ventures. The portfolio has a total value of €1bn with companies covering 29 European countries. While these innovations cover all aspect of mobility, they all have one common factor: their positive environmental and social impact on the urban landscape. Some key startups from our portfolio includes Elonroad, Vonzu and Zeabuz.

In 2024, EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the EU, aims to continue to enlarge the portfolio with an ongoing call for investments and their Investment Readiness Programme. This programme is designed for European startups in the field of urban mobility currently fundraising or planning to do so in 2025. EIT Urban Mobility’s investment strategy focuses on creating positive outcomes for both people and the planet while ensuring competitive market returns.

Fredrik Hanell, Director of Impact Venture at EIT Urban Mobility: “Impact investing means looking to the future when making decisions now. This means that we go beyond financial investments to drive meaningful and lasting change in the urban mobility sector.  As the European leading impact investor in mobility, EIT Urban Mobility, looks for seeds and pre-seeds companies that already have or can have a net positive impact.”

Prominently featured sectors in the portfolio include transport electrification, urban logistics, and mobility data management.  EIT Urban Mobility goes beyond the more traditional aspects of mobility by also investing in sectors such as waterborne mobility and behavioural change through nudging and stimulating walking.  

To measure a company’s net impact, and deliver a transparent view across specific categories, EIT Urban Mobility employs the Upright Net Impact Model, a quantification model that is based on a network summarising more than 250 million scientific articles and a taxonomy of over 150,000 product and service categories. According to this model, EIT Urban Mobility’s portfolio scores a 48% positive net impact score, significantly higher than the 40% of the control group of the Upright Benchmark. The startup companies in the portfolio score especially high on the environmental dimension, +217% compared to benchmark.  Another strong selection point is team diversity and gender balance, resulting in 43% of the equity portfolio being women-led in comparison to the industry average of 18% according to the Report on Women Entrepreneurs in Europe.

On top of this sustainable impact, EIT Urban Mobility has a dedicated investment budget for European economies that require more support in the sector of innovation. These regions defined by the Regional Innovation Scheme, typically have enormous untapped potential and can greatly benefit from investments in innovation and mobility. By directing resources to these areas, EIT Urban Mobility contributes to economic growth, job creation, and the development of sustainable transportation systems.

Empowering individuals to become digital leaders with our new specialisation on Digital Transformation!

In today’s landscape, every industry, both in the public and private sectors, is rapidly “going digital”. Yet, the demand for employees with digital skills far exceeds the supply. The ERASMUS+ project Managing Digital Transformation Academy (MDTA) was conceived to respond to this pressing need.

The objective of MDTA project is to offer a programme tailored for both students and professionals. It encompasses six specialisations, strategically addressing the essential components of the “leadership skills triangle”: technology, business/commerce, and leadership. The final goal is to empower individuals to become digital leaders capable of driving and facilitating successful digital transformation. 

Today, we are pleased to introduce our newest initiative, the specialisation “Digital Transformation: A Changing Society”, composed by three MOOCs open now to registration.

This programme not only bridges the skills gap but also provides a unique solution to several essential requirements in today’s digital landscape by preparing professionals capable of formulating and executing strategies that address digital transformation challenges effectively. 

EIT Urban Mobility Academy Participation 

At the EIT Urban Mobility Academy, we are deeply committed to the critical needs and priorities of urban mobility, and digital transformation is a defining force today, reshaping industries and markets. By joining this project, we aimed to contribute to the development of a programme that would equip individuals and organisations with the tools and knowledge to navigate the digital technologies’ impact on urban mobility. 

Our participation also facilitated valuable collaborations with other prominent European institutions. These partnerships have further solidified our mission to enhance skills in individuals and organisations and expand our collective impact. The participant institutions were: 

  • University of Twente (The Netherlands)   
  • Universidade Nova de Lisboa (Portugal)  
  • University of Applied Science Saxion (The Netherlands)  
  • ACEEU (Germany)  
  • Athens University of Economics and Business (Greece)  
  • Fachhochschule Munster (Germany)  
  • EIT Urban Mobility (Spain) 

Moreover, this initiative aligns with our objective to create engaging learning solutions in urban mobility. This specialisation allowed us to gain expertise by creating engaging digital learning experiences that align with one of our core missions. It’s an exciting opportunity to foster innovation and ensure that professionals are equipped with the skills they need to succeed in this digital era. 

Martin Vendel, EIT Urban Mobility Academy Director, with Miguel de Castro Neto, Associate Professor at NOVA Information Management School. 

The content of the specialisation:  “Digital Transformation: A Changing Society”  

The specialisation created by the EIT Urban Mobility Academy is a journey through the digital landscape and its profound impact on our society via three interconnected MOOCs. From understanding the historical factors that drive technological success and predicting future trends to mastering scenario planning, and the intricacies of business roles and partnerships in a digital environment, this specialisation offers a holistic exploration of digital transformation. By the end of this program, participants will have the capacity to drive innovation and make informed decisions in the urban mobility landscape. 

Learn more about our project here. 

You can register to the specialisation here.

If you have any questions, contact us: lorena.henriquez@eiturbanmobility.eu 

DIGITALBUS: The portuguese city of Loule revolutionises transportation with the launch of the app called “Apanha-me!”

Innovative Mobility Solution Promises Enhanced Commuting Experience

  • The users of “Apanha-me!”, the Loulé municipality’s urban transport network, can now locate their bus in real-time using the developed by EIT Urban Mobility’s project “Digital Bus”
  • The project is promoted by the municipal company Loulé Concelho Global in collaboration with two technology companies as partners – NEMI Mobility Solutions SL and Factual Consulting Barcelona – the Centre for Environmental Studies of Spain, based in Vitoria-Gasteiz, and the Municipality of Vilafranca del Penedés, in Catalonia

[City of Loule, September 2023] – The City of Loule, located in the heart of Portugal’s Algarve region, is proud to announce the launch of the mobile application, “Apanha-me!”, a new app that promises to transform the way residents and visitors navigate the city, offering a convenient and efficient means of transportation that caters to the modern urban lifestyle.

Apanha-me! – The ultimate urban mobility companion

Loule is renowned for its landscapes, vibrant culture, and historical charm. However, like many thriving urban centres, it faces the challenges of congestion and transportation efficiency. The “Apanha-me!” app is set to address these challenges head-on by providing a range of innovative features designed to simplify commuting while reducing the environmental impact of transportation.

The launch of “Apanha-me!” is a new step in Loule’s commitment to embracing innovation and technology to enhance the lives of its residents and visitors. The app aligns with the city’s broader vision of sustainability and reducing its carbon footprint. In the municipality of Loulé, the Digital Bus project aims to promote the use of public transport by providing digital tools to support users by providing real-time information on the location of the buses.
To make it easier to use the municipal urban transport network, the digital application will make it possible to respond to users’ greatest needs, such as departure and arrival times, bus journey and arrival times and the real-time location of buses.

About DIGITALBUS

Digital Bus aims to close the digital gap observed by small and mid-sized operators often, but not exclusively, running services in rural areas. Currently, a rudimentary manual booking and info system prevails with inefficient data, poor management and impoverished user service due to a lack of information and transparency. Digital Bus will demonstrate the benefits for public transport operators and end-users alike.

More information

EIT Urban Mobility forges an innovative partnership with ID4 Mobility

27 September 2023 – EIT Urban Mobility is thrilled to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with ID4 Mobility, a pioneering technology company focused on advancing intelligent transportation solutions. This strategic partnership is set to revolutionise how cities across Europe address urban mobility challenges, making transportation more sustainable, efficient, and accessible for all.

A Synergistic Collaboration

The MoU signed between EIT Urban Mobility and ID4 Mobility marks the beginning of an exciting partnership that will harness the strengths of both organizations. Together, we aim to drive innovation in urban mobility, transforming how people move within cities and reducing the environmental impact of transportation.

By combining EIT Urban Mobility’s expertise in fostering innovation and ID4 Mobility’s technological prowess, this collaboration promises to unlock new opportunities for sustainable urban mobility, improve the quality of life for city residents, and contribute to the broader goal of a greener, more connected Europe.

About ID4Mobility

ID4Mobility is a European mobility cluster acting in West France, Europe, and internationally. Through a collaborative approach, they bring together 400+ members focusing on more intelligent Mobility and supporting 50 EU projects and 250 members in developing their large-scale innovation projects since 2006.

Learn more: id4mobility.org/en

KAROS: The car-sharing app for commuting to work arrives in Vitoria

  • Karos transforms empty car seats into a new mode of public transport
  • Karos lands in Vitoria-Gasteiz with a pilot experience co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility

Vitoria-Gasteiz, September 2023 – Karos was born in 2014 in France and has services in Denmark, Germany, and Spain. It is a leading European app for car sharing between home and work, and since its launch, it has made 8 million journeys, avoiding around 13,600 tonnes of CO2.

The app is now coming to Vitoria-Gasteiz, thanks to a project developed by EIT Urban Mobility, to reduce the thousands of journeys from the city centre to the industrial estates every morning. The Mobility survey of industrial parks revealed that more than half of the workers would share a car to get to work. Until now, this was only possible with an acquaintance.

Carpooling solution for daily commuting in suburban areas

EIT Urban Mobility, in collaboration with the Basque city of Vitoria-Gasteiz, and our silver partner, Karos, we plan to create a carpooling network for commuters of the city who have no other option than driving a car, adapting our carpooling app to the Spanish market and involving local employers.

The aim of the project is helping hundreds of companies to reduce their carbon footprint: if fewer cars exist for the same workers, there will be less pollution. Car sharing is currently the most sustainable and efficient way to get to work: you reduce emissions, save time and spend less money.

What is Karos?

Karos lands in Vitoria-Gasteiz with a pilot experience co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, as a result of one of our “Small Calls“.
The project is aimed at companies to reduce the carbon footprint of their staff and offer them more comfortable journeys. The objective is to minimise overall commuting emissions and save time and money.

Drivers create the route in the app and wait for others to sign up. For each journey, the driver will receive at least €1.5 for each person they transport, and passengers select a route and travel to work for free. Each passenger saves time and pays nothing.

The app is available in Basque, Spanish, and English. It was launched in 2014 and is already present in European countries such as France, Germany, and Denmark.

Karos is Silver partner at EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub South.
More info available here: https://www.karos-mobility.com/

REACTIVITY project in Braga challenges citizens to embrace sustainable mobility

The Municipality of Braga has launched the “Reactivity Braga – Diversity and Sustainability” initiative to encourage Braga residents to embrace more sustainable, inclusive, and eco-friendly transportation options. In return, citizens can accrue points to exchange for discounts at local businesses.

This represents an innovative intermodal urban mobility project supported and promoted by EIT Urban Mobility, in collaboration with Braga Urban Transport (TUB) and the Business Association of Braga. The project hinges on a reward and gamification system, where users are incentivised to choose public transportation, bicycles, electric scooters, or walking for their commutes.

This approach makes the mobility experience more appealing and enjoyable, motivating citizens to adopt more mindful and sustainable transportation practices.

The project began on 10 August and is slated to run for three months. To participate, Braga residents need to complete a specific form. Upon registration approval, users can access an online platform to track their performance, view accumulated points, and observe their contributions to promoting sustainable mobility in Braga.

During the project’s presentation press conference, Olga Pereira, Braga’s City Councillor and President of the Board of Directors of TUB, remarked that this initiative is part of ongoing efforts to transform the mobility habits of Braga residents toward sustainability: “Reactivity Braga follows the success of last year’s Bicification project, which inspired us to apply for this new project in partnership with TUB. Reactivity relies on buses as the core component but also encourages walking, cycling, and scooting.”

 

“The great thing about the REACTIVITY project is its intermodal approach, which combines different modes of transport to offer citizens flexible and convenient options for their daily journeys,” explained Olga Pereira, Braga City Council councillor. By integrating public transport with bicycles and electric scooters, the project extends the reach of public transport stops, providing citizens with more comprehensive and accessible mobility throughout the city. “The municipality remains committed to working in favour of more sustainable mobility in the municipality, which benefits everyone’s quality of life,” said the councillor.

REACTIVITY promotes sustainable mobility through a unique reward and gamification component. By participating in the project, users can accumulate points and achieve goals by opting for more sustainable modes of transport.  With the project’s rewards and gamification mechanism, users can win vouchers, which can be discounted at various commercial establishments that are partners of the initiative. Around 30 shops are already involved, but the aim is to extend this range to a more significant number of establishments. “We started out with around 30 shops, but given the extraordinary receptiveness of local businesses, the aim is to increase the number of shops involved significantly,” said Rui Marques, AEB’s director-general.

Local traders joining the REACTIVITY project represents a unique opportunity to boost their businesses and establishments. By joining the network of partners that accept vouchers generated by users, shops have access to greater visibility and attract customers. In this way, traders not only benefit from increased customer flow, but also contribute to a more sustainable and dynamic city.
Over the next three months, Braga’s people can participate in this pioneering initiative. Through the online platform dedicated to the project, citizens can monitor their performance, accumulate points and check their contribution to more sustainable mobility in Braga.

About REACTIVITY

The REACTIVITY project rewards public transport and active mobility to reduce emissions; backs data-driven urban; and traffic planning and engaging with citizens, thus helping cities promote sustainable mobility and intramodality while discouraging car dependence.

This project meets the needs of city managers for digital tools to enable urban multi-modal and multi-source mobility planning, providing a solution to support intermodal transport, including public transport, cycling, walking, kick-scooters, and car-pooling. The mobility monitoring support is achieved through an active mobility plugin integrated in a multi-data source web dashboard.

The solutions will be implemented and tested in Braga (Portugal) and Lecce (Italy) during the second half of 2023. The expected outcomes of REACTIVITY are an increased share of public transport (+6%) and active mobility (+ 15%) and the reduction of kilometres driven by private cars (-2.5 M) and of CO2 emissions (-320 tons) in each city.

Discover more: reactivity-eit.eu

 

Lisbon among the semi-finalists for the European capital of innovation award

  • The European Innovation Council (EIC) announced the 12 cities from 10 countries that have advanced to the semi-final stage of the ninth edition of the iCapital Awards. The cities aim to become the 2023 European Capital of Innovation or the European Rising Innovative City.

  • Supported by the European Innovation Council (EIC) under Horizon Europe, the prize recognises cities’ role in shaping the local innovation ecosystem and promoting game-changing innovation.

The city of Lisbon has taken another step in the race to become the European Capital of Innovation 2023 by being chosen as one of the six semi-finalists for this honour awarded by the European Commission. The Portuguese capital is now competing with two other Ukrainian cities – Kiev and Lviv -, two Turkish cities – Istanbul and Basaksehir – and one Polish city, Warsaw.

Lisbon’s application, presented under the title Lisboa Unicorn Capital, is based on the idea of the city as a “home and space for all those who believe, take risks and innovate, undertake and endeavour to make the impossible possible, while at the same time contributing to improving the community’s quality of life”, says a statement from the municipality. To this end, the city presented the jury with a dossier of the work carried out so far, particularly in the environment, culture, economy, and mobility.

For the Mayor of Lisbon, Carlos Moedas, this choice reflects the city’s commitment to establishing itself as a Unicorn Factory: “Innovation is fundamental to the growth, competitiveness, and development of our society. Lisbon is today a recognised stage in innovation and has had an enormous capacity to attract companies and professionals from all over the world. Being part of this selection by the European Commission is proof and recognition of the intense work done to be at the forefront and place Lisbon as a city of innovation.”

The European Capital of Innovation Awards (iCapital) was established in 2014 to reward those European cities that are courageous enough to open their governance practices to experimentation, to boost innovation, to be a role model for other cities, and to push the boundaries of technology for the benefit of their citizens.

In addition to the monetary reward, the prize brings high visibility through renewed public interest and increased media coverage.

Past winners include Barcelona (2014), Amsterdam (2016), Paris (2017), Athens (2018), Nantes (2019), Leuven (2020), Dortmund (2021), Vantaa (2021), Aix-Marseille Provence Metropole (2022) and Haarlem (2022).


(Original article published at Smart Cities Cidades Sustentaives)