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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...

On 11, 18 and 19 March, the Hackathon Mobility BCN was held at the UPC; an event at which teams of students from around the world presented their projects to improve the driving experience and mobility services in cities, in the context of the connected car. Over 6,000 euros were distributed in prizes for the best projects, though all the ideas that were presented were brilliant. CARNET wants to give more talent people the opportunity to develop solutions...

Following the great success of the inaugural Hackathon last year, on 11, 18 and 19 March CARNET held the second edition of “Hackathon Mobility Barcelona”, hosted again at the UPC in Barcelona. This edition had a new extended format, with an additional session of techpills to challenge participants to address the automotive and mobility trends of the future. Student teams enjoyed the opportunity to prove themselves and showcase their wide range of abilities. This Hackathon was not only...

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...

The most successful manner to design the future is through co-creation between complementary organisations which combine knowledge and vision to achieve goals. This is the intention of heads of Volkswagen Group Research, SEAT, and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), which have just publicly presented the Cooperative Automotive Research Network (CARNET project) to focus on urban mobility solutions in Barcelona. CARNET is an open collaboration boost initiated by the 3 principle founding members, SEAT, Volkswagen Group Research...

Creating the future of automotive in 48h The event "Hackathon for a Better Driving Experience" organized jointly by SEAT Chair at the UPC and CARNET, took place over the weekend of March 11. This event was sponsored by the UPC, SEAT and Altran, who also provided short courses or “TechPills” so that participants could gain the knowledge they needed to make the most of the hackathon. The aim of the hackathon was to bring students into contact with the...