The innovation and demonstration zones bring together prototypes and innovative models
How will we get around the cities of the future? Which forms of transportation will redefine the urban landscape? From 16th to 18th November the answers to these questions will be found in the innovation and demonstration zones of the pilot edition of Tomorrow Mobility World Congress (TMWC). The new urban vehicles on display at the event will include a robot for the delivery of purchases from local shops, an autonomous hydrogen-powered micro-shuttle and a camera with radar to improve cyclists’ safety.
The event, jointly organised by Fira de Barcelona and EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, a body of the European Union, to promote the design and adoption of new models of sustainable urban mobility, will become a showcase for the new kinds of urban transport that are set to change the landscapes of cities very soon. TMWC’s demonstration zone will explain how more sustainable propulsion systems, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence will transform the ways we move around.
The most outstanding examples include the Deliverbot of British company Delivers.ai, a small autonomous vehicle designed for local commerce that’s designed to make home deliveries within a maximum radius of one mile. The device is equipped with cameras, radar and sensors enabling it to move along pavements while avoiding pedestrians and carry out contactless deliveries. The Deliverbot is primarily intended for home food deliveries and the distribution of groceries.
The TMWC demo zone will also showcase the Auve Tech micro-shuttle, a vehicle whose small size makes it suitable for highly customised routes. Developed by an Estonian company, it is the first in the world in its category to be equipped with a hydrogen fuel cell engine, one of the most sustainable motorisations, as its exhaust only emits steam.
Sustainable personal transport systems such as bicycles are also part of the future of urban mobility and TMWC will showcase innovations in this field. Germany’s Dashbike has designed a device equipped with micro-cameras and radar to improve cyclists’ safety. The Dashbike is placed under the saddle, automatically measuring the passing distance of the vehicles overtaking the cyclist and storing video sequences that include all the relevant metadata on the manoeuvre. In the event of an accident, the recordings can be used as evidence in court.
To promote startups in the mobility sector, TMWC will organise two pitching sessions with investors. A total of more than twenty companies will attend, including Homyhub, Shotl, Fluctuo, Elonroad, Knot, Nemi, Qucit, Living Map, BlockCity, Hopu, SmartBox4U, TruckY, Vonzu, Nivel.no, Smart Point City, Bia Power, Vianova, SmartMonkey.io and BlueCity.
At its pilot event Tomorrow Mobility World Congress will bring together more than a hundred companies and organisations, including the World Bank, the World Economic Forum, the United Nations, Microsoft, Mastercard, ADP (Paris Airports), the International Association of Ports and Harbours, the Port of Barcelona, Moventia, RACC and Social Car, and feature 75 international speakers in its congress schedule.
A comprehensive knowledge platform
TMWC will be held together with Smart City Expo World Congress and PUZZLE X, thus creating an unparalleled knowledge platform. Smart City Expo World Congress is the leading international summit for cities and smart urban solutions and this 2021 it will bring together more than 400 companies, 300 speakers and attendees from over 100 countries. PUZZLE X is a new event whose goal is to harness the potential of frontier materials, including quantum, low-dimensional and 2D materials such as graphene, and smart materials to address the challenges facing our society.
Barcelona, November 12th 2021