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On Tuesday 31 May, the Door-to-door mobility conference was held. This conference was organised by the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya's (UPC) Technology Center (CITUPC) along with the IN-MOVE cluster by Railgrup at CASA SEAT.

Over 80 professionals from the mobility sector attended the conference that included six talks, a networking lunch and a round table with an open floor for questions and final conclusions of the sessions.


Technology at the service of users’ mobility

After a welcome by Miquel Estrada, UPC rector’s delegate for the KIC of Urban Mobility and Ignasi Gómez-Belinchón, cluster manager of IN-MOVE by Railgrup, a space was dedicated to the presentation of various technologies that the UPC is applying in real environments to provide a solution to various mobility challenges.

In a real environment, variables related to the optimisation and management of electric charging, the use of data to plan mobility, new user-centric mobility services, social equality, the digital gap, seamless mobility and even the Covid-19 pandemic and changes in the population’s mobility behaviour all gain new weight.

The conference provided an opportunity to find out how these variables are being tackled in the projects:

  • Mobile, multifunctional urban microspaces that bring services to the final user” by the Urbanism Research Group (GRU UPC).
  • Dignity Project, mobility ecosystem to improve accessibility and social inclusion” by the Laboratory of Social Studies of Civil Engineering (LESEC UPC Group).
  • Digital Twins for mobility strategies” by the laboratory of innovation and research of the Barcelona School of Informatics (inLab FIB UPC).
  • Flexitransport. On-demand transit systems” by the Data Management (DAMA UPC) research group.
  • Image processing to increase vehicle safety for personal mobility” by the Image and Video Processing Group (GPI UPC).
  • eULTIMATE. Electric bus management model” by Barcelona Innovative Transportation (BIT UPC).

Public-private partnerships and global mobility solutions

With the participation of BABLE (open free platform for the implementation of Smart City solutions), SMOU-BSM (application for the network of municipal parking in Barcelona), RENFE (public corporate entity that operates passenger and goods rail transport), Globalvia (company that manages infrastructure and transport concessions) and the UPC, an enriching debate took place on the optimisation of transport and the business opportunities that public-private partnerships create for companies.

In this final part, the attendees had the opportunity to participate with an open floor for questions and conclusions.

Final reflections on the day

The world is changing, and not only in aspects of mobility. Technologies, data and the number of apps are increasing. Social aspects, economic models and equity are changing. In the mobility sector it is vital to see how the world is changing and to detect threats and opportunities to achieve the proposed objectives.

New mobility, the door-to-door concept and digitalisation of mobility are some of the new challenges in the roadmap towards sustainable mobility focused on technology and people. These new concepts intrinsically involve quantification and measurement. Without data, it will be impossible to plan and respond to the new demands and needs of users.

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