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Gentrification, lack of accessibility, air pollution, environmental degradation and waste-disposal problems are exacerbated by the increasing population density and demands of urban areas. Cities today face many challenges, and the cities of tomorrow will deal with more if we do not take action to prevent them. How can cities properly respond to today’s challenges and perhaps tomorrow’s challenges too? Citython 2019, an opportunity for citizens, students and experts to dream up original ideas and unconventional solutions to tackle...

Reflecting on the relationship of people, technology and cities, the second consecutive edition of the Citython was held within Smart City Week, a Barcelona City Council initiative with over 50 activities scheduled between November 11-17. The Citython, supported by the EIT Urban Mobility and organised by CARNET, with the coordination of the UPC and the collaboration of Lobelia, took place at Ca l'Alier, which is an urban innovation centre in Barcelona. It was during an intensive innovation session that Urban Planners and Sociologists met with experts in engineering, computer...

Executive and Scientific Manager of CARNET, Dr. Laia Pagès was invited to participate in the “California – Europe Connect and Experience” programme from December 1-6, 2019. Over the course of a week, a delegation of innovation managers, from the European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) and the Knowledge Innovation Communities (KICs) covering sectors such as Climate, Food, Mobility and Healthcare, visited universities, and innovation centres and agencies in California. The purpose of the programme was to build...

In recent years, Mobility as a Service (MaaS) has raised a great deal of interest among the international transport community, and Catalonia has been no exception regarding this global trend. Indeed, MaaS has the potential to generate profound disruptive changes with implications for the way passengers and freight move in the near future, and also impacting the industries and services that are linked to mobility. Ultimately, it will provide tools for public managers of mobility to...

Although its implementation is still incipient, Blockchain technology has opened up a wide range of application possibilities with new ways of sharing data between devices and, alongside this, new business models. According to the ACCIÓ Blockchain report in Catalonia, there are at least 35 companies in the Catalan blockchain ecosystem and the number is rising due to innovation in the mobility sector. Supporting this, the Government of Catalonia has developed the Blockchain Strategy of Catalonia, in...

The proposal for the Metropolitan Transport Authority’s Mobility Master Plan 2020–2025  (pdM) was presented on September 20 at the Born Cultural and Memorial Centre (CCM). Among the 250 attendees were representatives of the main administrations and public institutions of the mobility sector of Catalonia. The plan’s aim is to create a more efficient and sustainable digital mobility model, which is also inclusive and reliable. It covers the mobility of people and goods over the course of the next five...

CARNET is sponsoring the course “The End of Driving: Planning for Autonomous Mobility” (Barcelona, February 4-6, 2020), organised by FACTUAL together with Harmony Mobility, ESADE Creapolis and other sponsors. The course is geared toward industry leaders of autonomous vehicle (AV) technology, as well as decision-makers at city, metropolitan and regional level, who want to broaden their views of the challenges that cities will face with the introduction of AVs. The instructor is Bern Grush, Chief Innovation Officer at...

As a platform for cooperation, CARNET is channelling its innovation efforts for the mobility industry, which includes input from local universities and institutional partners, and had identified six main challenges: Accessibility and Inclusiveness, Pollution and Congestion, Urban Space Allocation and Urban Growth, Behavioural Change, Future Mobility Demands, and Data, Multimodality and Safety. CARNET focuses on innovative technologies and new mobility concepts and needs arising from potential future urban lifestyles. To create new product solutions, CARNET wants to challenge traditional...

On November 18, CARNET organised the fifth edition of the Symposium on Urban Mobility Challenges where international speakers from a range of professional backgrounds shared views on digital technologies in transport. It is becoming increasingly important to use data to organise transport and keep roads safe. Last year, 185 people lost their lives in road accidents in Catalonia. In response to this, managing urban mobility, including cars and other transport modes, has become a key issue in...

Until now, a connected vehicle, in which vehicles have an awareness of their surrounds, has been beset with limitations. Improvements are needed particularly in the areas of advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS). New infotainment systems and more recent communication systems and their sensors, both of which require progressively higher levels of autonomy, are also of concern. These applications will eventually need to produce a beam of radiation that is directional and also adaptable, with the ability...