The Future Mobility Research HUB, initiated by SEAT S.A., Volkswagen Group Innovation and the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC), is an open hub for industrial and academic partners from the areas of automotive and mobility research & innovation. CARNET is located in Barcelona, and works through project-based collaboration. It focuses on innovation and solutions that close the gap between academic research and industrial innovation in urban mobility.

Training & Education

Structuring and adapting to the industrial and
societal needs for the education and training
of automotive engineers and

Cooperative Research

Promoting a highly applied research and
innovation in automotive technology through close
cooperation between industrial and
academic research institutes.


Participation in European / International networks and competitive calls, creating a high-class automotive research environment in Catalonia.

The SEAT Chair at the UPC was founded in 2007 on the basis of a long term collaboration between both organizations, in order to gear its activities towards education, research and technology transfer in the field of excellence in innovation and sustainable mobility in the automotive sector.

CARNET, National Research Award

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

Autonomous Driving Challenge

The Autonomous Driving Challenge is a competition aimed at students with a technical background in robotics who are interested in developing future car technology. Participants develop fully automated driving functions and the necessary software architectures. This development is applicable and scalable to real-life autonomous driving algorithms and provides students with the ability to be part of the creation of this future mobility concept.

CARNET event partnerships

CARNET founding members

CARNET partners

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