The Institute for Sustainable Urbanism is part of TU Braunschweig team within the initiative EIT Urban Mobility at the Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. The consortium called „MOBiLus“ consists of 48 partners from 15 countries, among which is also TU Braunschweig with the research project „autoMoVe“.
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The city of Barcelona launched today the European initiative EIT Urban Mobility at the Smart City Expo World Congress. The event represented the official start of this EIT Innovation Community, coordinated by Barcelona, which aims to finance projects that contribute to mobility solutions to accelerate the transition towards more liveable urban spaces.
In December 2018, the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) designated the consortium called ‘MOBiLus’, coordinated by Barcelona, as the winning team to set up the innovation community EIT Urban Mobility. The partnership consists of 48 partners from 15 countries, including cities such as Amsterdam, Munich and Milan, universities such as Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Technion and Aalto University, research centres like Fraunhofer, AMS and CTAG, and industry such as BMW, SEAT, TomTom and Siemens. It is the first European initiative which brings together the so-called knowledge triangle: universities, research centres and industry, plus cities.
EIT Urban Mobility strives for a form of mobility that allows people and goods to move affordable, fast, comfortably, safely and cleanly. More concretely, by 2026, this initiative aims to create 180 start-ups, free up road space in 90% of its partner cities, launch 125 new products, increase shared mobility in all partner cities and attract EUR 38 million investment.
After the launch of the first Call for Proposals in April this year, 60 projects were selected involving partners from all over Europe, which will be implemented during the following two years: from academic and education activities to innovation projects and business creation. With the aim of accelerating innovations, projects were selected that included different types of partners from various European countries.
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One of these is the research project „autoMoVe“ developed at the NFF at TU Braunschweig including the Institute for Sustainable Urbanism. „Over the next three years, the innovation network of Braunschweig Technical University, Clausthal Technical University and Ostfalia University will work together with eleven industrial partners to develop an electric vehicle concept that can autonomously take over a large number of applications by exchanging application-specific modules. The range extends from internal freight transport to passenger transport by road. The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of Lower Saxony are supporting the „autoMoVe“ project with around 1.5 million euros.“