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Toward an Urban Mobility Knowledge and Innovation Community

Innovating the movement of goods, people and services within, through and between cities

Cities are the economic, cultural, and intellectual drivers of Europe. ~75% of European citizens live in urban areas. As our cities grow larger and denser, we need urban mobility systems that enable and sustain this growth. This requires urban mobility solutions that are safe, efficient, clean, smart, accessible and enjoyable.

Collaborating for better urban mobility

Urban mobility has evolved at an unprecedented pace in recent decades with new technologies, business models, and cultural shifts redefining the movement of people and goods. We are already seeing the impacts of autonomous driving, shared mobility, e-commerce, and electrification on our mobility. These trends and others will require new vehicles, new city plans, new business models, developed in collaboration across stakeholder lines.

A platform for research, education and innovation

The U-MOVE consortium brings together leading European actors from academia, industry, institutes, cities and public authorities. Our goal is a platform for new urban mobility solutions that will boost European competitiveness, enhance our leadership in new and convergent markets, and create better urban lives for our citizens. We believe that mobility has enormous value creation potential, and improved mobility of people and goods will leverage this value while eventually eliminating its downsides. This requires new market solutions, new competences, new policy and planning, and new research breakthroughs brought to societal implementation.

What does urban mobility mean?

Urban mobility is the movement of people, services and goods within, through and between cities. The future of urban mobility is smart, safe, efficient, eco-friendly, equitable and enjoyable. Here’s how:

  • It creates welfare and increased life quality for citizens.

  • It leverages the value of urban centers.

  • It provides a competitive edge for industry, but also for cities wanting to attract inhabitants.

  • It encourages and enhances cultural, economic, and political growth.

Knowledge and Innovation Communities

The U-MOVE consortium aims to establish a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) in the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) to be launched in 2019. We will join the community of public-private collaboration platforms that are tackling the significant societal challenges of coming decades, and ensuring that new solutions are competitive, user-centred, and sustainable. For more information on the EIT and the KIC community, please visit the EIT at www.eit.eu.

Building the consortium

The U-MOVE consortium is made up of partners from across Europe, linking competences and implementation capacity in a common vision for the future of urban mobility. This includes a core of leading partners, regional innovation clusters, associated cities and regions, and an international network of experts. The consortium is headed by Chalmers University of Technology (www.chalmers.se) and its close partners. If you are interested in more information or further discussions, please contact us at urban-mobility@chalmers.se.