Mobility Talks episode 6: “Citizens as drivers of their own mobility”

Next 21 October at 16:00 hours CET join us to discuss about the decision-making process regarding urban mobility issues is essential to understand and respond to their expectations and real needs.

Citizens and end-users’ have a say in urban mobility. Their participation in the decision-making process regarding urban mobility issues is essential to understand and respond to their expectations and real needs. By giving citizens the opportunity to influence public decisions on urban mobility, the quality of the policy being developed can be improved, making the provided solutions more relevant, effective and efficient.

Public engagement is a key requirement of sustainable urban mobility transformation. To involve citizens individually or in the form of civil society organisations ensures transparency and gives them the opportunity to become true agents of change.

Engaging citizens is especially important during times of crisis like the Covid19 pandemic, as effectiveness of the response efforts became crucial.

As already stressed in the Citizen Engagement Call launched by EIT Urban Mobility in March 2020, developing solutions with and for citizens is the key to delivering real change. Successful stakeholder engagement will increase the ability to create, experiment, demonstrate, scale and deploy. Citizen engagement is therefore a priority for EIT Urban Mobility and this webinar will bring food for thought and contribute to the discussions on the topic.

Four speakers with a good representation of the innovation knowledge triangle (industry, academy and research and city) and from an association directly representing citizens.

  • Frank Hansen – BMW, Germany
  • Robert Braun – Institute of Advanced Studies, Austria
  • Burcu Ozdemir – IMM Smart City, Istanbul – Turkey
  • Evelien Marlier – European Passengers’ Federation

Two of the speakers are involved in one of the projects selected under the last EIT Urban Mobility Citizen Engagement Call.

Next 13 October, join the Nordic Perspective Summit!

The Nordic Summit Perspective is a full day face-to-face event at DTU Campus, bringing together all relevant stakeholders across the whole EIT Urban Mobility network and beyond. The Summit creates a stage for sharing knowledge and experience from ongoing urban mobility projects, innovations and initiatives, new challenges and opportunities and new competencies across cities, academia and the private sector.

The Nordic countries have a challenging climate (rainy, cold and icy), they have energy policies in place and are largely on track in their decarbonisation of electricity, heat and buildings. Transportation and mobility, however, present multiple pressing challenges: the fossil fuel intensity of transport, long travel distances, the state of public transport infrastructure, congestion, population density and electrification of transport.

Summit Sessions


Moderator: Mikael Nybacka, Associate Professor, KTH, Division of Vehicle Dynamics

Confirmed topics:

  • A smart and sufficient charging infrastructure for electric vehicle
  • State of Health Evaluation of 10 V2G EVs
  • Electric Road System (ERS) overview and how could a national ERS be established
  • Wireless electric roads – ready for large scale deployment
  • Towards 100% electro-mobility: An EV driver’s perspective

Moderator: Bernadette Bergsma, Head of Communications and Stakeholder Relations, EIT Urban Mobility


Confirmed topics:

  • Towards personalised incentives for car sharing – Share More EIT-Urban Mobility project
  • Regulator Perspective (policy changes)
  • People-first Mobility
  • Mistra SAMS Sustainable Accessibility and Mobility Solutions


Moderator: Anders Fjendbo Jensen, Associate Professor DTU, Department of Technology, Management and Economics

Confirmed topics:

  • Increased International Interest in New Cycling Infrastructure
  • Strategic effort for supercycle paths in the Capital Region
  • Socio-economic Evaluations of Super Bike Highways
  • Introduction to Bike-Longer 2020
  • Results from user and stakeholder interviews in Copenhagen
  • Results from user and stakeholder interviews in Tel Aviv
  • Development of apps for revealing bicyclist behaviour


Moderator: Claudio Roncoli, Assistant Professor, Aalto University, Department of Built Environment

Confirmed topics:

  • What is the role of Micro-mobility post-Covid19?
  • Road towards Automation
  • Aalto University projects (smart traffic and open data)
  • Smart mobility piloting to enable future mobility solutions: The Jätkäsaari Mobility Lab in Helsinki
  • Traffic management for future mobility


Moderator: Kersten Heineke, Partner, McKinsey & Company

Confirmed topics:

  • Impact of COVID-19 on future mobility solutions
  • How Movia uses Neural Networks-models to support social distancing requirements
  • Exploration of TomTom data to assess the impact of COVID-19 on traffic
  • Impacts of COVID-19 on public transport use in Sweden


Moderator: Otto Anker Nielsen, Professor, DTU, Department of Technology, Management and Economics

Confirmed topics:

  • Public Transport, Walking, and Urban Environments
  • Developing analysis of future transport infrastructure in urban context – Example: Copenhagen Metro
  • Intermodal transit hubs – a driver for urban life and development
  • By & Havn

Click here to visit the conference website for more information.

Three startups are ready to test their pilots across European cities!

Urban Radar, Nüwiel, and eParkomat have been selected as the winning participants from the Scale-up Hub programme that will receive up to 50.000€ in equity funding for implementing their pilot’s proposal to the City Club Challenges in the  European cities of Barcelona, Hamburg, and Ostrava, respectively.

Urban Radar, founded in France in 2018, is a cloud platform that revolutionises the way cities manage and regulate their mobility in response to the disrupting urban logistics demand. Their proposal is a pilot project to improve urban logistics by providing the pilot city, Barcelona, a custom-made platform for kerb management and logistics optimization.

For the city of Hamburg, the start-up selected is Nüwiel. Founded in 2016 in the same city where it will test their project, it provides innovative electric bike trailers, which offer a sustainable and reliable solution for transporting goods in urban areas.

Finally, the scale-up testing their pilot project in the city of Ostrava: eParkomat. Founded in Karvina in 2016, they help cities solve the parking problem by using AI & anonymized data of mobile operators, delivering real-time parking occupancy, as well as an analysis based on tracking of driver’s habits. They will implement their platform with the aim of helping drivers navigate directly to the location with highest probability of available parking and managing prices according to the real demand.

Their innovative approach to urban mobility has allowed them to be perceived as the most valuable projects for our cities. By the end of this year, we will be able to obtain their analyses and learn from this experience, that will have a positive impact on the citizens of these cities and, hopefully, a lot more in the coming years.

The Scale-up Hub programme is developed by the EIT Urban Mobility, an innovation community bringing together academia, research, businesses, and cities to work on innovative solutions for the mobility challenges facing cities. EIT Urban Mobility is supported by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), acts to accelerate positive change on mobility to make urban spaces more liveable.

EIT Urban Mobility supports Uber’s ambition to become a zero emission mobility platform

  • Uber to become a zero emissions mobility platform by 2040, with 100% of journeys taking place in zero exhaust emission vehicles, public transit and micro-mobility.
  • By 2025, 50% of kilometers driven in aggregate across seven European capitals (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris) will be in zero emission vehicles.
  • Uber announces new industry-first partnerships with Renault-Nissan, BP, EDF and Power Dot to make it more affordable for drivers to switch to zero emission vehicles.

AMSTERDAM (September 8, 2020) – Uber has committed to becoming a zero emissions mobility platform by 2040 across 10,000 cities and six continents, with 100% of journeys taking place in zero emission vehicles, public transit and micro-mobility. 

European markets are leading the way in the electrification of the ride-hailing industry. By 2025, 50% of kilometers driven on Uber’s platform in aggregate across seven European capitals (Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid and Paris) will be in zero emission vehicles. 

In part this will be achieved due to the $800m available to hundreds of thousands of drivers across Europe, the US and Canada to help them with the cost of switching to a zero emission vehicle.

Uber will continue the expansion of Uber Green across Europe – where riders can request a lower emission vehicle for a small surcharge – from 37 cities today to 60 cities by the end of 2021. This will mean that riders will be able to select a zero emission vehicle in cities representing 80 percent of our European business by the end of 2021.

Anabel Diaz, Regional General Manager for EMEA, Uber, said: “As the largest mobility platform in Europe, we have an important role to play in tackling climate change and supporting a green recovery. With our responsibilities to drivers, riders and cities in mind, today we have made a series of ambitious commitments to help advance the electrification of our platform across Europe. As we set out our roadmap to become a zero emission mobility platform by 2040, Europe will lead the way by delivering impactful changes in the next five years.” 

William Todts, Executive Director, Transport and Environment (T&E), said: “People across Europe are sick of pollution and congestion. Shared electric mobility is key to solving these problems. And the right place to start is with high-mileage drivers who’ll benefit first from cheaper-to-run, clean electric vehicles. Uber’s commitment to rapidly electrify its fleet in major European cities is good news. Now it’s time for Europe’s majors to show leadership. We need all major cities in Europe to introduce zero-emission zones, new pop-up bike lanes and cycle-only corridors, whilst providing easy access to charging, at home, at work and wherever people park.”

Uber has also struck a number of industry-first partnerships to make it easier and more affordable for drivers to switch to zero emission vehicles:

  • Renault-Nissan and Uber have signed a strategic partnership to ensure drivers on the Uber App have access to affordable electric vehicles in Europe, including the United Kingdom, France, Netherlands and Portugal.
  • Power Dot will also provide exclusive access to four charging hubs to drivers in Greater Paris and Portugal, as well as a 20% discount.
  • In the UK, Uber and bp have signed a deal to provide drivers with new dedicated charging hubs in London. Uber Pro drivers will also get up to 50% off BP’s Polar Plus monthly membership, unlocking discounts on BP Chargemaster’s Polar network of 7,000+ charging points.
  • In France, a partnership with EDF will help provide discounts to a large network of rapid charging infrastructure on large routes across France, as well as discounts for home-charging installation. 

Gilles Normand, SVP, Electric Vehicles & Mobility Services, Groupe Renault, said:

“This is an acknowledgement of our ability to conquer new markets and to support professionals in their energy transition. Today, we capitalize on our competitive advantage: an attractive EV-offer that contributes to large scale electric mobility roll-out. We have worked closely with local authorities over the past years to propose solutions to the growing challenges facing cities: transportation, decarbonization and air quality. With the signature of this MoU we aim to join our forces to accelerate the movement.”

Jordi Vila, Divisional Vice President for Sales and Marketing at Nissan Europe, said: “From 10 years of experience with the Nissan LEAF, we know people love driving electric, and that making the switch can help drivers to save money and support the clean air ambitions of our major cities. By teaming up with Uber in the UK, we have already been able to increase the awareness and adoption of zero-emission vehicles, and we are looking forward to exploring how to roll that out further in Europe.”

Richard Bartlett, senior vice president, Future Mobility and Solutions, bp, said: “We are pleased to be working with Uber to help to enable their partner-drivers to start the transition to a fully electric ride. Ride hailing is a growing phenomenon in our cities and we look forward to expanding our collaboration in other locations across Europe and the globe. With bp’s ambition to be a net zero company by 2050 or sooner and to help the world get to net zero, we want to play our part in electrifying fleets and helping cities deliver on their own low carbon commitments.” 

Maria Tsavachidis, CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, said: “Transport induced noise, air pollution and CO2 emissions are detrimental to public health, the environment, and quality of life in European cities. Technologies and solutions for clean, connected and shared mobility already exist but we need to integrate them, and accelerate implementation and scaling. Electrification and shared Mobility are key for sustainable urban mobility, so we support Uber´s efforts and ambition to commit significant resources to the transition of electrification of its fleet and bringing together different key-players to cooperate.”

Philippe Crist, Advisor for Innovation & Foresight, International Transport Forum at the OECD, said: “Ride-hailing services and taxis provide clear value to people. As a part of a broad urban mobility ecosystem, they can contribute to more sustainable urban travel — if the environmental impacts over their whole lifecycle are addressed. There are several ways to reduce the environmental burden of these services as work by the International Transport Forum shows: reducing empty vehicle travel, increasing the number of passengers carried per kilometre driven while avoiding a shift to ride-hailing and taxis from public transport and other, more sustainable modes and fostering a rapid transition towards electric vehicles — especially for vehicles that travel a lot every day. Uber’s ambitious commitment to rapidly electrify is a welcome step in delivering more sustainable mobility outcomes.”

Christoph Wolff, Member of Executive Committee, World Economic Forum, said: “As a company that enables shared mobility, Uber’s commitment to carbon reduction highlights the importance of private sector companies in the global fight against climate change, and the need for innovative partnerships between companies and public agencies to tangibly confront some of our greatest challenges.”

Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, POLIS, said: “POLIS cities and regions have been working towards a sustainable multimodal urban mobility ecosystem for many years. We welcome Uber’s continued efforts to exchange with POLIS and its members, as well as its commitment to improve the roll-out of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure. As rightly noted in Uber’s SPARK! report, only through common efforts of various stakeholders and a comprehensive approach, we will be able to bring about substantial change, and reduce noise, air and greenhouse gas emissions in our beloved cities.”

Uber has published a new report on how to advance the electrification of the ride-hailing market across Europe. ‘SPARK! Partnering to electrify in Europe’ examines the barriers that high-kilometre commercial drivers face in electrifying – particularly around charging and affordability – and ways in which Uber, carmakers, charging companies, cities and national policymakers can all work together to overcome them. 

Anabel Diaz, Regional General Manager for EMEA, Uber, added: “If private and public bodies work together to create the right conditions, we believe ride-hailing could then be electrified in any major European city within 5 years. This could act as a catalyst for change and drive a broader, transition to zero emission vehicles across European society, leading to a dramatic reduction of emissions in cities across the continent.”

Power4Global call selects five startups for presentations at Reuters Mobility Summit

Twenty three startups submitted their information to be evaluated. All participating startups had to submit a pitch deck and answer a set of questions focused on the viability of their business model, scalability and other important factors. All of these attributes were then examined individually by the evaluators who gave the startups a total score. Based on this score, the selected startups are:

  • EVIO – Electrical Mobility
  • Huddl Mobility Limited t/a CitySwift
  • Meep
  • Vianova
  • Volvero

The Next Steps

These five startups, as those that were not selected, will now be able to attend the six preparation investment sessions. These sessions will put the emphasis on the expansion to foreign markets such as the US, as well as other important business sectors. Learn more about them here.

Each session will have a speaker with expertise on fields related to startup scalability and growth.

Power4Global and GoGlobal

Power4Global is an integral part of the GoGlobal programme, itself part of the larger Business Creation programme by EIT Urban Mobility. It is focused on aiding urban mobility startups in their expansion outside of Europe, particularly in the United States. This programme would have concluded in the selected startups visiting Silicon Valley, particularly, San Diego. Due to COVID-19 limitations, though, the event will take place virtually.

The GoGlobal programme is organised by a multidisciplinary, international consortium comprised of CARNET and PowerHUB.

EIT Urban Mobility Scale-up Hub: Ready2Scale Event at The Innovation Week

Prague, 28-29 September 2020

The Ready2Scale event will be organised as part of the Innovation Week Czech Republic 2020 – a major technology event organised by the European Leadership & Academic Institute (ELAI). It will take place at one of the top high-tech event locations – Forum Karlin in Prague, Czech Republic at Namesti Kinskych 6 / Prague 5. 

Due to the Corona situation, on-line participation via ZOOM will be also possible.

The main activity will take place on 29 September in the afternoon on the main stage of The Innovation Week Czech Republic event. The aim of the event is to acquaint companies, cities and the general public with the latest world trends in the field of innovation and modern technologies and to promote Czech innovations and inventions.

EIT UM will have dedicated block from 16:00 to 19:00 for a key-note, panel debate and start-up teams introduction (3 minute pitches).

Next to the stage programme, there will be an EIT Urban Mobility stand where participants may find information about EIT Urban Mobility and start-ups in the Scale-up Hub programme. Examples of team product may be presented at the stand as well. 

All teams will have access to the main Innovation Week events. 

Get together and Preparatory meeting will take place in the late afternoonof the 28 September at PowerHUB’s premises to prepare teams for the main event. 

Common brochure introducing EIT Urban Mobility, Scale-up Hub programme and all start-ups will be prepared and distributed during the event. 

Event Agenda Draft

29 September, 2020 – DAY 1

  • 15:45 – 16:00: EIT Urban Mobility welcome key-note, Traian Urban (Head of EIT Urban Mobility Hub East)
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Introduction of best European Urban Mobility start-ups (1/2)
  • 17:00 – 17:20: Coffee break
  • 17:20 – 18:00:  Panel debate: “Challenges for urban mobility in the post-covid period”, Vit Soupal – Moderator, Traian Urban – EIT Urban Mobility, EU City representative, Industry representative
  • 18:00 – 19:00: Introduction of best European Urban Mobility start-ups (2/2)

28 September, 2020 – DAY 0

  • 17:00 – 19:00: Get together preparatory meeting  Pitching Dry-run
  • 20:00 – 22:00: Informal dinner

EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator HUB East Innovation Sessions

August- November 2020

The Innovation accelerator offers 8 learning sessions for more extensive knowledge into the tools that start-ups needs to use to be successful in their daily life; not only in idea creation and product development, but also in the comercialisation of their idea, finding investors and sell the product.

During these 2 hours sessions, experienced mentors will share their knowledge and skills with participants. Topics has been selected very carefully taking into account the needs of start-ups, so participation on every single session can accelerate the ability of team significantly.

The following topics will be covered during the whole programme:

  • Opportunities: overview of current challenges in Urban mobility
  • Ideation: product creation by using customer centric approach
  • Development: agile methodology as essential development method in start-up community
  • Sales: communication on social network with B2B and B2G customers

All sessions will be interactive, and a lot of time will be devoted to practical implementation of the knowledge acquired. Therefore you will be ready to use all skills and tools within your team just after the sessions. 


  • 6 August 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Urban Mobility challenges / David Michalička (vice-mayor of Ricany)
  • 20 August 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Design Thinking 1 – Opportunity clarification / Tomas Grunwald, Veronika Krasnohorska (design teaching coaches)
  • 3 September 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Design Thinking 2 – Opportunity definition / Tomas Grunwald, Veronika Krasnohorska (design teaching coaches)
  • 17 September 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:59 a.m. – Design Thinking 3 – Creative Thinking / Tomas Grunwald, Veronika Krasnohorska (design teaching coaches)
  • 1 October 2020, 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Design Thinking 4 – Idea concept / Tomas Grunwald, Veronika Krasnohorska (design teaching coaches)
  • 15 October 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Design Thinking 5 – Finalisation of product / Tomas Grunwald, Veronika Krasnohorska (design teaching coaches)
  • 29 October 2020, 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. – Agile methodology – big picture and best practice / Iulia Varva (Agile mentor)
  • 12 November 2020, 17:00 a.m. – 18:30 a.m. – B2B & B2G Sales / Milan Ruzicka and Monika Ruzicka Kenter (co-founders of Thought Horizon, US based B2B focused company helping B2B Sales and Marketing to gain traction on social media)

Accelerator Hub East Bootcamp for startups is coming!!

Prague, 27-28 September 2020.

The most promising early-stage start-up teams with business ideas to reduce congestion and increase transport efficiency selected in June 2020 will pitch their ideas in Prague! The selected start-ups come with innovative approaches to make commuting faster or more enjoyable and with concepts to accelerate the transition to low- or zero-emission means of transport. All other possible ideas that help to solve mobility-related problems are also included in their proposals.


The Accelerator HUB East Bootcamp will be organised in parallel to the Innovation Week Czech Republic 2020, a major technology event organised by the European Leadership & Academic Institute (ELAI).

Due to the Corona situation, it will be a hybrid event, thus allowing for on-site and on-line participation. The onsite participants will be welcomed at the Forum Karlin in Prague, Czech Republic – one of the national top high-tech venues — as well as at Namesti Kinskych 6, Prague 5 – the location of PowerHUB  

Bootcamp Agenda Draft

27-28 September, 2020: The first two days will focus on improving the start-ups’ presentation’s skills for the 3 minutes pitches (business quality as well as graphical and vocal skills).  Participants from the start-up teams will get direct feedback from the experts from our Mentor Mobility Pool, coming from different EU countries like Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland etc. 

29 September, 2020: The Accelerator start-up teams will present their 3 minute pitches to the Innovation Week Czech Republic’s audience during the  afternoon session of the Demo day

All the teams will have access to the main Innovation Week events.  A common brochure introducing the EIT Urban Mobility Acceleration programme and all start-ups taking part in the event will be prepared and distributed during the event.

The EIT Urban Mobility Accelerator is an EU-funded programme running in five European regional hubs implemented through partners to take early-stage mobility start-ups to the next level.

Mobility Talks’ episode 4: ”Pedalling the future: from pop-up bike lanes to long-term cycling policies”

Have you ever wondered how cycling is contributing to the improvement of the local air quality, the public health and the level of liveability of the cities? If this is a topic appealing to you, our next Mobility Talks is for you!

If before COVID-19, cycling was a high priority for the policy authorities due to its benefits towards the environment, the virus has additionally reinforced the importance of cycling for the overall transport system resilience at all levels. As a result, a growing number of European cities start to supply their citizens with temporarily bicycling infrastructures (pop-up cycling lanes), providing short-term adaptations to their mobility policies.

Will these pop-up bicycle lanes be the “new normal” once the COVID-19 crisis is over? Do cities aim to develop those in the long-term cycling strategies? What do cities need to do to ensure a solid, long-term cycling policy, addressing local mobility challenges and opportunities, and how? 

To answer these questions, EIT Urban Mobility will host a webinar to discuss on the COVID-19 cycling policy and conduct, specially focusing on how to turn a temporary pop-up cycling lanes’ approach into a successful long-term cycling policy.

Programme (preliminary)

Welcome & introduction

Introduction by the event moderator, Jean Paul Judson, Founder and Managing Director of Nowmore.

Part 1: Visions

  • Christophe Najdovski, Deputy Mayor of Transportation and Public Space, Paris
  • Joost de Kruijf, Cycling Data Intelligence Specialist”, Breda University of Applied Sciences
  • Miquette Vossen, Marketeer, Achmea- Interpolis.

Part 2: End-users, policies and practices

  • Daniel Torma, Innovation Officer” at BKK, Centre for Budapest Transport.
  • Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General, Polis Network
  • Henk Swarttouw, Vice-President, European Cyclists’ Federation
  • Kevin Mayne, Chief Executive, Cycling Industries Europe, Cycling Industries Europe

Wrap-up and conclusions

Edwin Heesakkers, Manging Director, Innovation Hub West B.V. EIT Urban Mobility

WHEN: 27 August 2020, 16.00-17.30 CET
WHERE: Online

Learn more about EIT Urban Mobility Talks here.

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Startups! Register now for Reuters Mobility Summit: 22 – 23 October 2020

Take your startup to the next level with the EIT Urban Mobility GoGlobal programme

We are looking for mature startups with a validated, scalable, and innovative idea that solves an urban mobility-related customer problem. Our programme gives you global outreach supported by learning sessions focused on overseas expansion and culminating with a presentation at Reuters Mobility Summit in October 2020. Deadline is coming – just 1 day left to register for the Power4Global Call.

What is in the plan:

1) Investment workshops in the form of 6 online sessions with speakers from international investor and startup community, helping selected teams to prepare for success in the US market.

2) Presentation of your startup at the Reuters US Mobility Summit 2020, including access to the event and marketing opportunities.

3) Support for creation of the video pitch for the Mobility Summit including mentoring and professional video service.

Deadline for applications: 5 August 2020

Agenda: Sessions preceding main event:

While participating in these meetings, you will understand investment principles and be able to succeed in the US market. The format will be a 45 minute keynote + 45 min Q&A with speakers with amassed expertise in subjects such as US & international investors, successful startups from US, EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hubs representatives and business and legal advisors.  

  • 2 September – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)
  • 9 September – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)
  • 16 September – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)
  • 23 September – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)
  • 30 September – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)
  • 7 October – GoGlobal Session 17:30 CET (08:30 PDT Seattle)

More details on each session will come soon! Stay tuned!