Etopia, the technological center placed in Zaragoza, has held the event Innovation Day, which is part of the program Mobility City, by Ibercaja Foundation. The American Plug and Play has gathered fifteen startups, international references in the field of mobility, which have presented their latest innovation projects.
After the opening ceremony, with the presentation of Mobility City –an strategic initiative on sustainable mobility developed by Ibercaja Foundation–, representatives of the companies associated to the program have hosted a round table, followed by the presentation of the fifteen startups, which have shown their ideas and newest projects before the 29 members –institutions and businesses– of Mobility City.
José Luis Escrig, general director of Foundation Ibercaja, and Marta Gastón, economy advisor for the Aragonese government, have opened the floor. During the panel “Discovering the future of Mobility”, Victor de Avila, Chief Strategy and Corporate Development Officer at Sacyr & Member of the Executive Committee, and Nicolas Bailleux, manager of Europcar’s Innovation Lab, have shared with the audience what they believe to be the immediate challenges within the industry.
Some of the startups that have answer the calling to participate in Mobility City first Innovation Day are Ultrahaptics (breakthrough haptic technology uses ultrasound to create rich, three-dimensional shapes and textures that can be felt, but not seen), Zeleros (working on a totally new mean of transportation to become one of the main European players developing a disruptive system), Instant System (supports its customers with implementation of intelligent transportation systems), Kopernikus Automotive ( working on developing autonomous cars), Make my Day (intelligent routes for electric vehicles) and Streamr (an online platform that allows the user to exchange data in real time though blockchain).
The proposals presented by the startups revolve around the consecution and development of interconnected and autonomous vehicles; connectivity; electrification; shared economy and mobility; smart cities and infrastructures; hardware, IOT; logistics on the last kilometer; virtual and augmented reality; Edge Computing and Big Data; voice control; artificial intelligence, Industry 4.0; indoor navigation.
Jaime de Borbón, director of Plug and Play Smart Cities, claims that Innovation Day “is an event that gathers the main actors of the different companies that are part of Mobility City, representatives of the Aragones government, who also have a key role for the implementation of many of the innovative solutions presented here, today. Zaragoza has hosted a panel of experts and fifteen international startups that have brought the most relevant tendencies on mobility”.