Who we are

A think tank for the future of mobility and transport based in Barcelona

CARNET was founded in 2015 with the aim of building on the excellent bilateral relations (e.g. establishment of the SEAT chair in 2007) of the three founding institutions towards a public-private partnership with other industrial partners and authorities.

Concept and Mission

CARNET – Future Mobility Research Hub –  is  a Think Tank  for transport and automotive science and technology focused on urban mobility, and based in Barcelona. Its ambition is to become a benchmark in this area, in close alliance with European counterparts.

The forecast is that up to 80% of the world’s population will live in cities in the coming decades. This change will challenge urban infrastructures, traffic systems and vehicles. Resources such as energy, space and time will be increasingly limited, while the need for efficient and individual mobility is likely to remain. The challenges these developments create for metropolitan areas,vehicle manufacturers and mobility service providers are reflected in trends such as smart cities (e.g., distributed sensing and adaptive control methods for urban infrastructures) and connected driving (e.g., mobile online services and communication between vehicles).

CARNET is a cooperation platform for the mobility industry, local universities, and institutional partners that has the following strategic goals:

  • Organising urban mobility activities in Barcelona
  • Contributing to strengthening the automotive sector in Spain, and Catalonia in particular
  • Recruiting proactively for the automotive industry
  • Networking to seek international research funding (e.g. in cooperation with international partners)
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Founding members

SEAT, S.A.,

SEAT S.A. is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), sells vehicles under the CUPRA and SEAT brands, while SEAT MÓ is the business unit that covers urban mobility products and solutions.

SEAT S.A. exports more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in 75 countries. The company employs over 15,000 professionals and has three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell. The company also has the SEAT CODE software development centre, located in Barcelona.

SEAT S.A. will invest 5 billion euros through to 2025 to develop new models for the two commercial brands, SEAT and CUPRA, and to electrify the range. The company aims to play a relevant role in the electrification of urban electric vehicles, with a special focus on the transformation of the Spanish automotive industry.

Anna Homs

Creative and Strategic
Director

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UPC BARCELONATECH

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution of research and higher education in the fields of engineering, architecture, sciences, and technology, and one of the leading technical universities in Europe. Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students, more than 500 doctoral students graduate and 3,067 graduates in lifelong learning. The UPC has a high graduate employment rate: 93% of its graduates are in work and 76% find a job in under three months. It is ranked in the main international rankings.

The UPC has created a complex network of international alliances with other universities, research institutions, and companies that organise new projects and support a good number of initiatives in which the word “collaboration” is the key element. The sphere of action of these alliances without borders is an interconnected world that promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience.

Prof Dr Lluís i Jofre

Academic Director

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Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe.

The Group comprises ten brands from five European countries: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, ŠKODA, SEAT, CUPRA, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche and Ducati. In addition, the Volkswagen Group offers a wide range of further brands and business units including financial services. Volkswagen Financial Services comprises dealer and customer financing, leasing, banking and insurance activities, and fleet management.

Alexander Siebeneich

Industrial Director

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SEAT, S.A.,

SEAT S.A. is the only company that designs, develops, manufactures and markets cars in Spain. A member of the Volkswagen Group, the multinational has its headquarters in Martorell (Barcelona), sells vehicles under the CUPRA and SEAT brands, while SEAT MÓ is the business unit that covers urban mobility products and solutions.

SEAT S.A. exports more than 80% of its vehicles, and is present in 75 countries. The company employs over 15,000 professionals and has three production centres – Barcelona, El Prat de Llobregat and Martorell. The company also has the SEAT CODE software development centre, located in Barcelona.

SEAT S.A. will invest 5 billion euros through to 2025 to develop new models for the two commercial brands, SEAT and CUPRA, and to electrify the range. The company aims to play a relevant role in the electrification of urban electric vehicles, with a special focus on the transformation of the Spanish automotive industry.

Anna Homs

Creative and Strategic
Director

Linkedin

UPC BARCELONATECH

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya · BarcelonaTech (UPC) is a public institution of research and higher education in the fields of engineering, architecture, sciences, and technology, and one of the leading technical universities in Europe. Every year, more than 6,000 bachelor’s and master’s students, more than 500 doctoral students graduate and 3,067 graduates in lifelong learning. The UPC has a high graduate employment rate: 93% of its graduates are in work and 76% find a job in under three months. It is ranked in the main international rankings.

The UPC has created a complex network of international alliances with other universities, research institutions, and companies that organise new projects and support a good number of initiatives in which the word “collaboration” is the key element. The sphere of action of these alliances without borders is an interconnected world that promotes the sharing of knowledge and experience.

Prof Dr Lluís i Jofre

Academic Director

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Volkswagen Group

The Volkswagen Group, with its headquarters in Wolfsburg, is one of the world’s leading automobile manufacturers and the largest carmaker in Europe.

The Group comprises ten brands from five European countries: Volkswagen, Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles, ŠKODA, SEAT, CUPRA, Audi, Lamborghini, Bentley, Porsche and Ducati. In addition, the Volkswagen Group offers a wide range of further brands and business units including financial services. Volkswagen Financial Services comprises dealer and customer financing, leasing, banking and insurance activities, and fleet management.

Alexander Siebeneich

Industrial Director

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Our team

CARNET Office

Dr. Laia Pagès

Executive and Scientific Manager

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Cristina Juárez

Chief Innovation Officer

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Albert Baldó

Innovation Project Manager

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Albert Borreguero

Innovation Ecosystem Project Manager

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Clàudia Buxadé

Innovation Project Manager

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Angélica Caicedo

Active Mobility Project Manager

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Elena Cristóbal

Project Manager

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Manel Davins

Innovation Project Manager

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Fabio Della Valle

Project Manager

Gerard Franco

PhD Candidate - Applied Machine Learning

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Clément Lemardelé

City Logistics Project Manager

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Cristina López de la Osa

Marketing & Communications Manager

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Neus Matamoros

Innovation Project Manager

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Paloma Nieri

Urban Planning Project Manager

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Patricia Nubiola

Administration and Finances

Marina Ojeda

Project Manager

Sergi Paniagua

Innovation Ecosystem Project Manager

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Rafa Puerto

Project Manager

Albert Robles

Project Manager

Matteo Stoico

Innovation Project Manager

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Albert Vergés

Senior Innovation Ecosystem Project Manager

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Bartosz Wybraniec

Mobility Scout

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Academic Board

Dr Imma Ribas

Supply Chain and Operations Management

Dr Miquel Estrada

Academic Programmes Coordinator

Dr Joan Moreno

Urbanism

Dr Estanislau Roca

Urbanism

Our mobility

  • 21% by bike
  • 40% by public transport
  • 24% by motorbike or car
  • 15% by walking

Awards

CARNET Receives the Innovation in Mobility Prize at the MobiliCat Awards 2023

Awarded by the MobiliCat magazine, the prize is a recognition towards the work behind Ona, the autonomous delivery robot CARNET has developed

 

Bronze Award at the Eventoplus Awards 2022 for the Autonomous Driving Challenge 2021. 

The award was honored in the “Best Participation in Trade Fairs” category for our competition held during the Smart City Expo World Congress.

 

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

 

Smart Vehicle Prize at the VII Edition EnerTIC Awards – 2019

The Autonomous Delivery Device project was the winner in the Smart Vehicle category.  The objective of these awards is to identify, reward, and disseminate innovative technological projects