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MOBILus has become the new innovation community (KIC) of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a network that positions Barcelona as the European capital of urban mobility. This platform is formed by 48 partners from 15 countries that include cities, companies, universities and research centres. One of the partners is CARNET, which has played a vital role in bringing onboard its founding partners Barcelona City Council, the UPC and SEAT, as well as the...

  CARNET, National Research Award for public-private partnership in R&I The research and innovation 'hub' Future Mobility Research Hub (CARNET), promoted by the UPC, Volkswagen Group Research, and SEAT and focused on the automotive sector and future urban mobility, will receive on 15 October the National Research Award for Public-Private Partnership in Research and Innovation 2017. The National Research Awards, organised by the Government of Catalonia and the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI) promotes social recognition...

Servitization and digitalisation are global trends upending many sectors. Transport and mobility are no exception. Decreasing dependence on private vehicles has been high on the political agenda in recent years. The needs and habits of travellers have also evolved, and there are increasing demands for more flexibility in their mobility options. Simultaneously, a growing number of shared mobility services namely car sharing, moto sharing, motorbike sharing, demand-responsive transit, carpooling, etc. are progressively becoming commonplace in cities worldwide, serving...

  The CARNET (Cooperative Automotive Research Network) initiative received the ITS 2018 award in the Urban Traffic category for the Virtual Mobility Lab project. The award ceremony was held as part of the Seventeenth Spanish Conference on Intelligent Transport Systems, organized by ITS Spain, which was held on 17–19 April in the headquarters of the Spanish Association of Civil Engineers (CICCP), Madrid. The aim of the Virtual Mobility Lab (VML) is to develop new tools for urban planning....

On 19 June, RACC will host the final event of INLANE, a European project focused on the integration of the new GALILEO satellite system and computer vision technology to develop a low-cost, lane-level, precise turn-by-turn navigation application. The Consortium is formed among others of TomTom, Honda, Vicomtech, Intel, Barcelona City Council and the RACC. The event will include a demonstration of this technology. Registrations and more information here. Read more...

CARNET hosted the Workshop from the Autonomous Driving Challenge , the second edition of a competition between Spanish Universities (Universidad de Málaga, Universidad de Alicante, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya ESEIAAT, Universidad de Vigo, Universidad de Valladolid and Universidad Politécnica de Valencia) on autonomous cars. It has been two days filled with lectures and trials where 35 students received their 1:10 model cars and tested them in a collaborative environment. The idea...

CARNET has recently welcomed Alexander Siebeneich as new industrial director, and Lluís Jofre as new academic director. Alexander Siebeneich replaces Christoph Wäller, who had held the position of industrial director since the foundation of CARNET. Siebeneich comes to CARNET from Volkswagen Research, where he most recently worked on vehicle concepts for the future. He has a background in design, and holds a degree in Plastic Technologies. He has worked for various departments at Volkswagen since he started...

The 11th of January 2017 saw the annual SEAT Forschungstag at its Martorell location. This internal showcase presents current innovation projects, research findings and a variety of talks and discussions and is held in cooperation with Volkswagen Research. Fittingly, CARNET presented a number of current projects utilizing the opportunity to exchange ideas and information with a main partner. This provided an opportunity for a VW del egation attending the Forschungstag to visit the CARNET offices at the UPC...

With the 6th edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress having now drawn to a close, it is time to look back at this year´s event. The Expo has managed to attract further growth in exhibitor and visitor numbers and has managed to manifest itself as an important date in many schedules around the world. With over 16.000 visitors, 420 speakers, 591 exhibitors and 600 cities present at this year´s Barcelona venue, the expo can...

On the 14th of November, CARNET hosted the Symposium on Urban Mobility Challenges in Barcelona. Organised by  the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) & the Technische Universität Braunschweig (TUB), the event attracted attendance by respected international experts on urban planning, connectivity concepts and mobility services. Together, they presented their views and ideas on how to solve the global challenge of improving mobility in cities.  This article aims to summarize the main points of discussion presented at...