Volkswagen Group Innovation & CARNET
Dr Nikolai Ardey, Executive Director At VW Group Innovation, Visits CARNET

On 14 and 15 March, Dr Nikolai ArdeyExecutive Director at Volkswagen Group Innovationvisited Barcelona. During his two day visit, he held meetings at the SEAT S.Afactory in Martorell, CASA SEAT and SEAT:CODE in the Barcelona city centre and CARNET, at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) Campus Nord.  CARNET is a centre of excellence for the future of urban mobility, which started in 2015 as an initiative of Volkswagen Group Innovation, SEAT S.A. and the UPC and coordinated by the UPC Technology Center (CIT UPC), that unites scientific knowledge with public-private needs through the development of projects. Read more about the visit here.

Autonomous Delivery Device (ADD)
First LogiSmile Test at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) Concludes with Positive Results

During the first weeks of March, the Barcelona Robot Lab has hosted pilot tests within the LogiSmile project. In this European project led by CARNET and co-funded by the EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), a body of the European Union, the consortium partners will demonstrate a fully autonomous delivery system for last-mile logistics in 3 different pilot cities with distinct social and urbanistic backgrounds (Esplugues de Llobregat – Spain, Hamburg – Germany, and Debrecen – Hungary) in order to improve the efficiency of urban goods distribution. Read more about the test here.

Start-up Programmes:
CARNET to Lead and Take Part in Four Start-up Acceleration Programmes

CARNET will be the leader of the consortium that will implement the Scale-up Programme in 2022, which can be considered the continuation of the ScaleTHENGlobal Programme that took place last year. This programme will aim at boosting promising urban mobility scale-ups by offering them to test their products with a pilot as an answer to different challenges raised from cities and industry partners in major European cities. Additionally, CARNET will also take part in the implementation of the E+ Mobility Accelerator, 5G Turbo Programme, and UAM Plazza Accelerator Programme. Read more about the projects here.

CARNET Insights on Future Mobility:
A new series of events at #CASASEAT to reflect on urban mobility topics

CARNET, in collaboration with CASA SEAT, has started a new series of events called “CARNET Insights on Future Mobility”. Monthly sessions will bring together insights from mobility experts and key stakeholders in the sector. The first event, which took place on 15 February, discussed Transport on Demand Innovation. The second one, being held on 29 March, was versed around Circular Economy in the Automotive Industry.

A Swappable Battery Ecosystem to Accelerate Fast Charging and Boost Sustainable Motorbikes

The virtual kick-off for the e-mobility project ECOSWAP, co-funded by EIT Urban Mobility, took place earlier this year. The ECOSWAP consortium will develop a swap-and-go battery ecosystem that together with the new associated business models will establish the electric motorbike as a competitive urban mean of transportation. This ecosystem is planned to be implemented in Barcelona, one of the traditionally more motorbike-friendly cities of Europe. In this test, both private and subscription users will be able to quickly swap their empty batteries in several motorbike dealerships, workshops, and BSM parking lots. Read more about the project here.

A Project to Facilitate the Deployment of Demand Responsive Transit Services

Since March 2021, the MultiDEPART project consortium has been working on the development of three key planning and managing tools that will help implement DRT (Demand Responsive Transit) Services in new areas. On 24 March, a final event was hosted in Barcelona by the project partner AMB (Barcelona Metropolitan Area) and coordinated by CARNET, where the consortium partners presented the project evolution and tools developed. Read more about the project here.

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