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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...

Hackathon Mobility BCN was held at the UPC on 5, 9, 10 and 11 March. At this event, 72 participants, who were mainly students, presented their innovative solutions for the mobility of the future. This year, the projects focused on how we will move, our experience while on the move, and services relating to our movements, in response to three challenges: ‘Hack For Good, Social Mobility: waking up the machines’, by Telefonica, ‘Visualizing Mobility’, by Metropolis Lab, and ‘AI For Mobility...

Of the various ways that R&D&i can be developed, open innovation has been and continues to be that which best explains the collaboration processes that are rewriting the history of scientific and technological advances, and how these have been transferred to the production sector. The world advances and changes, overcoming challenges with new products, services and processes through incremental or disruptive innovation. In the field of mobility, which encompasses not only transport, but other complementary aspects such...

The Cooperative Automotive Research Network (CARNET) research and innovation hub, promoted by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Volkswagen Research and SEAT and focused on the automotive sector and future urban mobility, has received the Catalan National Award for Public-Private Research and Innovation 2017, given by the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI), with the support of the Catalan Government. CARNET is a leading platform for knowledge and collaboration between industry and the university. It uses the...

The SEAT Autonomous Driving Challenge is a new project format, designed and organized by CARNET and powered by SEAT. Its target is mid-term training and development of future talent in robotics and artificial intelligence. The event will be the first public project of this magnitude in Spain. In addition to the CARNET network, the project is supported by TU Berlin represented by the expert team of Prof. Dr Raúl Rojas, an European reference in autonomous...

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...

Automobile Barcelona is one of the most relevant events in the Automotive industry that is held in Spain and CARNET couldn't miss the chance to present its work. During the 11th and 12th of May, the Connected Hub of the Autmobile Barcelona is going to be the place where the different agents of the research and investigation panorma will meet to find out some of the latests studies and developments in the connected automobile and mobility sector. CARNET...

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 second of February 2017 saw a new edition of the Catalonian ITS congress on mobility topics. Hosted at the RACC automobile club in Barcelona, the congress was once again attended by highly regarded experts in the field. CARNET was invited by ITS Spain to attend this prestigious event. ITS Spain was founded as a non-profit association in 2002 as a forum of new technologies in transportation. ITS aims to bring together public, private and academic sectors...