Autonomous vehicles and Unmanned Air Vehicles demonstrations for a new mobility era: the Harmony initiative

HARMONY envisages providing a new generation of harmonised spatial and multimodal transport planning tools which comprehensively model new forms of mobility for people and freight, and their business dynamics of the changing transport sector and spatial organisation. This will enable metropolitan area authorities to lead the transition to a low-carbon new mobility era in a sustainable manner.

HARMONY goes beyond designing a model suite. Its foundations rely on several sources:
· Co-creation labs are established in order citizens, authorities, and industry to design together new mobility and spatial organisation concepts.
· Demonstrations with electric AVs, and drones take place to understand in real-life their requirements.
· Market surveys are organised to elicit people and freight actors’ preferences and reactions towards the co-created concepts and the demonstrated new mobility technologies.

The HARMONY model suite is designed to assess the multidimensional impacts of the new mobility concepts and technologies. The model suite integrates:

  1. land-use models (strategic/long-term),
  2. people and freight activity-based models (tactical/mid-term), and
  3. multimodal network (operational/short-term) models allowing for vertical planning.

This integrated approach is necessary for authorities to understand if policies are sustainable, while also contribute to meeting COP22 targets, social equality and wellbeing. The HARMONY model suite is also linked to an EU-wide model to further identify the impact of the concepts and technologies on the TEN-T level.
HARMONY’s concepts and the model suite are applied and validated on six EU metropolitan areas on six TEN-T corridors: 1. Rotterdam(NL), 2. Oxfordshire(UK), 3. Turin(IT), 4. Athens(GR), 5. Trikala(GR), 6. Upper Silesian-Zaglebie Metropolis(PL). By having six different areas as pilots, we will be able to propose to authorities, spatial and transport planners, concepts and technologies for different types of areas/cities.

Interview

Question 1: What drives you?
I am passionate about creating successful cooperation schemes to tackle the main challenges in Transportation and Logistics through systemic Innovation, with the aim at accelerating the transition towards a more efficient, sustainable, connected, inclusive and cooperative Mobility. I dream of a near future where Mobility is a fundamental enabler in human development.

Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
We will deliver a presentation on HARMONY initiative, which intends to set a benchmark for public private cooperation in Spatial and Transport planning in metropolitan areas at European level. Additionally, we will focus on the Autonomous Vehicles (AV) and Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAV) demonstrations where top-tier Industrial companies such as Airbus, Arrival (invested by Hyundai Motor Company and Kia Motors Corporation) or GRIFF Aviation are directly involved. This is something you delegates cannot miss!

Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
More than the technology itself, I believe the greatest potential in Mobility lays on the public-private cooperation models to come. Undoubtedly, blockchain, ML/AI techniques or the latest connectivity technologies have a big role to play. However, they key may be how we successfully make the different players along the Transportation value chain cooperate. To this end, concepts such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) should be followed closely the upcoming years.

Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
If we get key stakeholders from both public and private sector to find ways of cooperating, then we look at a scenario where Mobility as a whole needs to be redesigned… The concept of ownership, existing business models or the way people and commodities move today, will most likely change. We are talking about a change of paradigm. In any case, this is what we are trying to contribute to in HARMONY…

Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
It’s hard to say, however, issues like regulation, lack of public acceptance or unsustainable business models may be potential barriers to the deployment of emerging technologies in Transportation.

“Special quote”
‘We are currently living a change of paradigm and Unmanned Air Mobility (UAM) is a key piece of the new Mobility era’

Vicent Pastor is the Chief Innovation Officer at ENIDE, an innovative SME based in Barcelona specialised in digital solutions and business innovation for Mobility and Logistics. ENIDE actively participates in leading pan-European public-private partnerships in Connected, Automated and Sustainable Mobility.

Vicent has more than 10 years of professional experience in Business Innovation and Access to finance at European level, having participated in more than 35 top International projects and raised € 100 M in R&D&I funding.

He holds a Degree in Economics from University of Valencia, an Executive MBA from IESE Business School, a Master in Project Management from EAE Business School – Technical University of Catalonia, and a Postgraduate degree in European Studies from the UOC.
He is an Associated Professor in EAE Business School, speaker and trainer in Business Innovation and Access to Finance.

He is an independent expert for European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) in the areas of Mobility and Climate.

Vicent Pastor is a speaker at the 2021 edition of the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference.

ENIDE is an SME specialised in business innovation and digital solutions. Through innovation based on deep customer insights, we help our clients and partners to understand and implement the latest ICT solutions to meet the most pressing challenges in Mobility, Automotive and Logistics sectors.

ENIDE’s team has decades of collective experience creating solutions that help our clients to remain competitive by leveraging technology and adopting sustainable business models. Our highly skilled International team offers a rich combination of technical knowledge, managerial experience, and R&D&I project management capabilities. We drive success from end to end.

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