Public transport, low-emission zones and micromobility, among the challenges to be addressed
Tomorrow.Mobility will showcase the initiatives and projects that are shaping the future of mobility
Under the theme ‘What Moves You?’, the second edition of Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress (TMWC), the international event that promotes new models of sustainable mobility, will bring together more than 80 national and international experts and a hundred companies that will showcase their initiatives and projects to respond to the challenges that society is facing in terms of mobility. The event is held alongside Smart City Expo World Congress, the leading international summit on cities and smart urban solutions.
Topics such as public administrations’ commitment to public transport and the creation of low-emission zones in a context of economic crisis and climate emergency, mobility as a service (MaaS), micro-mobility and urban air mobility will be addressed in the program of conferences to be held from 15 to 17 November at Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via venue.
Among the over 80 speakers are several Ministers of Transport and experts such as Kelly Larson, director of the Road Safety Programme at Bloomberg Philanthropies; Karen Vancluysen, secretary general of POLIS; Marco te Brömmelstroet, professor of Future of Urban Mobility at the University of Amsterdam; Mikael Colville-Andersen, Urban Design Expert and Thomas Geier, head of research and policy at the European Metropolitan Transport Authorities.
At this year’s event, two studies produced by EIT Urban Mobility will be unveiled. The first of the two focuses on the fifteen-minute city approach, an urban planning trend that aims at reorganizing neighborhoods in such a way that all citizens have every basic service accessible within 15 minutes at the most. The second study analyses the development of urban air mobility (UAM), a disruptive air transport system for both passengers and last-mile logistics in urban environments.
One of the main challenges in the sector of urban mobility is data sharing, in an environment of trust, security, and data sovereignty. The European proposal to respond to this challenge are Data Spaces to empower both small and medium organizations and the public sector. EIT Urban Mobility will present a study on its potential in Spain and the main challenges for its deployment.
Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress is also the largest commercial and informative platform for companies in the mobility sector which, in 2027, will reach a global market volume of 60,000 million euros. In this sense, the event will be attended by more than a hundred exhibitors such as Deloitte, BSM, Moventia, Racc, Renfe, Keolis, Mercedes and Volvo, and more than 60 startups which will showcase their latest products and services, as well as institutions such as AMB, FGC, TMB, CARNET and ETRA.
The CEO of EIT Urban Mobility, Maria Tsavachidis, said that “As the world continues to urbanise pressure is added on existing cities infrastructures. In building more liveable urban spaces we need to acknowledge the key role of innovation, in developing the future of mobility and answering to the current challenges we are facing globally in tackling climate change. Tomorrow.Mobility presents the latest innovations and market-ready solutions to support and inspire cities and other key players with implementing new mobility models. The Congress connects actors in the public, business, research, and education sectors to achieve clean, affordable and inclusive mobility.”
Along these lines, it is worth highlighting that the Barcelona City Council and Fira have launched an innovation laboratory for urban mobility, the Barcelona Innova Lab Mobility, whose objective is to use real environments and scenarios to test, demonstrate and implement pilot programs for new user-centered solutions.
Cities, technology and oceans
Tomorrow.Mobility World Congress will be held in conjunction with the Smart City Expo World Congress, which is now in its eleventh year and has established itself as the world’s leading event on smart cities and solutions, with the participation of more than 800 exhibitors from cities, countries, regions, territories, and companies from all five continents. In parallel, the second edition of PUZZLE X will take place, an event focused on frontier technologies and the potential of these innovations to enable a better and more sustainable future.
The program of events is rounded off with Tomorrow.Oceans, a congress that aims at boosting the development of the blue economy and promoting the role of the seas and oceans as a source of innovative and sustainable economic wealth. Organized by Fira de Barcelona with the collaboration of Barcelona City Council, through Barcelona Activa, and the Port of Barcelona, this new congress will bring together specialists in this field from all over the world.
Barcelona, November 2022