Barcelona to lead the way for future mobilityThe MOBILus project, headed by Barcelona and consisting of a partnership of 48 members from 15 countries, has been chosen by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to lead its Knowledge and Innovation Community.
The goal of the EIT Urban Mobility project is to find solutions to urban mobility challenges and new uses for urban spaces to ensure accessibility, sustainability and efficiency in transport systems. At the same time, the work done by the MOBILus consortium is expected to stimulate and provide support for economic activity and research into mobility, boosting competitiveness in the European mobility sector.
The project will provisionally be based at the Ca l’Alier centre in the district of Sant Martí. A networked approach will be coordinated from here with the rest of the participants, with four sub-offices in Copenhagen, Munich, Prague and Helmond, where the other research hubs will be located.
The project has a budget of 1.6 billion euros, with 400 million coming from the EU via the EIT and the other 1.2 billion coming from partners in the innovation community. The research is due to last at least seven years, with the option of extending that period to 15 years, with the first results expected to be published in 2020.
EIT Urban Mobility has five strategic objectives:
- Re-shape urban mobility, enhancing quality of life for citizens in urban spaces.
- Promote innovation through education and training.
- Integrate user-centric mobility services and products, achieving multi-modal and comfortable mobility.
- Foster the competitiveness of the European urban mobility sector to create market opportunities and expand the sustainable and efficient urban transport model.
- Integrate the main stakeholders in the mobility sector through regulation and commitment.
In addition, by 2026 the project also hopes to free up road space for use by city residents in 90% of member cities, train 1,450 graduates, boost shared mobility and present 125 new initiatives.
Led by the City Council, MOBILus is a project which combines the public sector, education and the business community:
- Cities: Amsterdam, Barcelona, Copenhagen, Eindhoven, Hamburg, Helmond, Helsinki, Istanbul, Milan, Munich, Prague, Stockholm and Tel Aviv.
- Universities and research centres: Aalto University, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, CARNER, CTAG, Czech Technical University, ENEA, Écoles Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Eindhoven University of Technology, Fraunhofer Society, Institute of Information Theory and Automation, KTH Royal Institute of Technology, NFF, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Technical University of Denmark, Technical University of Munich, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and University College London.
- Companies: Achmea, Amadeus, BMW, Colruyt Group, E.ON, MOL, Oracle, OSEAT, Siemens, Skoda Auto, TASS International, Tom Tom, Tractebel, Unternhmer TUM, Volkswagen Truck&Bus and Zone Cluster.