Wabtec joins HYPOBATT project to aid electrification of vessels

Wabtec joins HYPOBATT project to aid electrification of vessels

Picture and press release: Wabtec

US based Wabtec has joined the HYPOBATT project to support the electrification of vessels. The project is engaged in the development of a megawatt-charging standard and infrastructure for ferries in European ports and also part of the EU-wide horizon initiative. 

Wabtec is now part of a consortium of 18 members that are working on a 42-month project to pick out maritime charging solutions that lower contact time, wait time and maintenance expenses. 

The project will involve the development of a fully automatic and safe electric ship connection system and the main aim is to develop a modular, quick and simple multi-megawatt charging system. The battery will be able to fully charge its battery while at the dock. 

Additionally, the project aims to bring 95% enhancement in charger availability and 10% in battery life. This technology will be demonstrated at the ports of Norddeich and Norderney, Germany. 

Wabtec industry product line vice-president Olivier Kompaore said: “Europe has aggressive sustainability targets to reduce CO₂ emissions by at least 40% until 2030. This project will help to standardise a modular, fast and easy multi-megawatt charging system, paving the way for clean, zero-emission and competitive solutions for maritime transportation. Wabtec’s state-of-the-art charging solutions, like FerryCHARGER, will serve as the blueprint for the project.” 

The shipping company Reederei Nordan-Frisia’s vessel will be used to test the technology. 

Mazda announces $10.6 million in electrifying vehicles by 2030

Mazda announces $10.6 million in electrifying vehicles by 2030

Mazda has recently announced an investment of $10.6 billion to electrify its lineup if vehicles by 2030. The company aims for EVs to account for 15-40% of its total sales by the beginning of the next decade.  

Previously, the company’s EV sales estimate was roughly 25% of sales by 2030. Mazda has been slow to introduce EVs as it continues to expect hybrid cars to aid emission reduction.  

Mazda is following a multi-solution approach to boost its electromobility capabilities. Prior to the announcement, Mazda inked an agreement with battery maker Envision AESC to procure batteries for EVs produced in Japan. 

The company will introduce battery EV models in the second half of phase 2, which will be sometime between 2025 and 2027. It then plans to do a full-scale launch of its all-electric vehicles between 2028 and 2030. 

The investment plans are to be made along with Mazda partners and utlised for research and development. 

Mazda’s collaboration with its main suppliers, such as Hiroshima Aluminum Industry, Imasen Electric, Ondo Corporation and HIROTEC Corporation, augurs well for the long-term growth of the company as well as the industry. 

Mazda’s efforts in procuring and securing batteries to expedite its electrification initiatives are noteworthy. 

Information from: Yahoo

China’s first private 5G licence goes to aircraft manufacturer

China’s first private 5G licence goes to aircraft manufacturer

Original article from Total Telecom

The spectrum allocation by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information and Technology could be the beginning of the end for Chinese telco dominance in the field of industrial 5G.

In something of a surprise announcement, this week, the Chinese government has announced its first private 5G spectrum allocation for a non-telco, awarding the licence to Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China (Comac).

Founded back in 2008, Comac is China’s only domestic jet aircraft manufacturer. Since then, it has been developing the Comac C919, a narrow-body airliner able to carry between 156 and 168 passengers.

After years in development, the first flights of this new plane took place in 2017, with the airliner finally receiving its airworthiness certification just two months ago.

According to the company website, Comac has already received 815 C191 orders from 28 customers.

The government hopes that allocating Comac spectrum licences in the 6GHz and 25GHz bands will allow the manufacturer to fully incorporate the latest technologies into the C191 manufacturing process, such AI and robotic automation, which relies on the high capacity, low latency connectivity delivered by 5G.

Indeed, the Chinese government has been striving for international leadership in smart manufacturing and the emerging Industry 4.0 for a number of years now, offering major subsidies for a number of key industries. This strategy appears to be paying off; last year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Lighthouse Network: Reimagining Operations for Growth report identified 69 factories globally viewed as world-leading in this regard, 20 of which were in China.

5G, naturally, is expected to play a major role in facilitating this transition to next generation manufacturing.

“The innovative development of 5G+ industrial internet enables enterprises to improve quality, reduce costs, increase efficiency, and promote green and safe development. It also paves a new path for upgrading traditional industrial technologies and speeds up the implementation and popularization of new production methods,” said Zhang Yunming, vice minister of the MIIT. “Work will be done to establish standards for 5G factories fully connected by the Internet industry.”

This is the first private 5G licence in China to be allocated to a non-telco, spurring speculation that the government will now move forward with more industrial licences in the near future.

However, it should be noted that, for most industrial players, deploying and managing their own private 5G network is a significant challenge, one they would likely rather see handled by a telco partner in some form or another.

The state-owned Comac, in this sense, may be something of a special case, with the development of China’s first jet a matter of great national significance, hence warranting special treatment.

The telcos themselves, on the other hand, see industrial 5G as a key new revenue stream and an opportunity to monetise 5G effectively – something they have largely failed to do in the consumer space. As such, they will be loath to relinquish any share of the private 5G market as a result of direct spectrum allocation and will hope this government allocation is something of an anomaly and not an indication of a major shift in policy.

 

Original article written by Harry Baldock
Siemens announces partnership with Electromin to supply EV chargers

Siemens announces partnership with Electromin to supply EV chargers

Picture and press release: Petromin

Siemens has announced a partnership with Electromin to supply electric vehicle chargers for the development of a Kingdom and region-wide charging networks. 

The company has said that the agreement will ensure supplies of Siemen’s most advanced EV infrastructure technology for Electromin’s network, including the ultra-fast Sicharge D chargers that use direct, current and the smart Versicharge AC wall or pole mounted units that run on alternating current. 

“Electromin’s eMaaS solutions are contributing to the development of the Saudi EV ecosystem, and this partnership with Siemens will allow us to provide the charging infrastructure and technology necessary to boost adoption of EVs in the Kingdom,” said Kalyana Sivagnanam, GCEO of Petromin Corporation and CEO Electromin. “The rollout of EV charging points across Saudi Arabia is our first phase of a significant national strategy that extends to 2030 and beyond.” 

Electromin is also said to be developing a consumer app that will allow users to locate public charges, plan their route and book and pay for sessions. 

“We look forward to working with Electromin on this important project that demonstrates our commitment to supporting sustainability programs in Saudi Arabia,” said Karim Mousa, Senior Vice President of eMobility for Siemens in the Middle East. “Electric vehicles are the key technology to decarbonize road transport, and Siemens is proud to provide the infrastructure that accelerates the growth of EVs and contributes to the Saudi Green Initiative.” 

Saudi Arabia is now committed to achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2060. The governments wants three of every 10 vehicles in the Saudi capital Riyadh to be EVs by 2030. 

Munich and Barcelona announce commitment to become zero-waste cities

Munich and Barcelona announce commitment to become zero-waste cities

Barcelona and Munich have announced that they have signed up to become zero-waste candidate cities. This commitment was announced by Zero Waste Europe and the commitments states that they will implement the five-step process to achieving zero waste. The two cities are also the biggest members of the movement in Europe. 

The five steps of the Zero Waste Cities Certification are: expression of interest, commitment, implementation, certification, along with yearly improvements. 

The steps were developed around a scorecard system which includes mandatory and points-based criteria.  

Following this commitment Barcelona has vowed to work towards reducing solid waste, a 67% separate waste collection rate by 2023 and 427kg of waste generation per capita per year by 2027. 

Ada Colau, Mayor of Barcelona said: “Big cities are in debt with their territory, we produce a huge amount of waste and it’s about time we become responsible for it. Barcelona’s commitment to the Zero Waste strategy shows that we do care and that we do act: we aim to be a neutral city and to inspire many others”. 

Barcelona would now become one of the biggest European municipalities implementing a zero-waste strategy. 

Munich will now start to reduce waste from households per capita per year in the state capital Munich by 15% to 310kg by 2035. The amount of residual waste will be reduced by 35% to 127kg per capita by 2035. 

Dieter Reiter, Mayor of Munich said: “Munich is continuing on the path towards zero waste, which I initiated at the end of 2019. I believe it is very important that we, the City of Munich, benefit from others’ experiences as part of a European zero waste network, but also inspire other cities. By signing the Zero Waste Commitment today, we are underscoring our commitment to becoming a city that produces as little waste as possible and conserves resources. Munich is taking on a pioneering role – against wasting resources and for the environment.” 

Munich will be the third biggest city that has signed the commitment. 

InCitu gains $2M in support to democratise city planning using Augmented Reality

InCitu gains $2M in support to democratise city planning using Augmented Reality

InCitu has announced $1 million in funding support from Smidt Futures, in addition to another $1 million from other notable investors and initial customer traction.  

The company enables informative public-facing AR visualisations of proposed and upcoming development projects, with customers across the US comprising cities, real estate developers, technology companies, and other stakeholders in the future of urban development. 

“City planning is too slow, obscure, and expensive for the pace of development required in cities today,” said Dana Chermesh-Reshef, Founder & CEO of inCitu. “Facing climate change, severe housing shortage, public health threats, mass urbanization and major geo-political shifts, cities worldwide must adapt fast and effectively, but the obsolete systems prevent equity in the design and decision-making process, leading to a lack of trust, collaboration and inclusivity amongst residents and industry professionals.” 

InCitu gives people the opportunity to see how an environment is changing in real-time. The company turns data into informative and accurate visualisations of future buildings and skylines. This information is then made available to technology companies and any individual interested in these visualisations. 

The company has a goal of lowering the tension for city dwellers to access city planning information. All InCitu’s information is accessible via mobile-AR with no special devices required 

“With the support of global leaders in technology and real estate, inCitu is poised to help democratize and revolutionise how citizens visualize the future of their own neighborhoods and cities,” added Chermesh-Reshef. “We are restoring trust and transparency into how cities, developers, communities, and technology companies interact to allow for urban development.” 

The company hopes to drive inclusive, high accessible urban change. 

Moove partners with Paua to launch EV charging network app

Moove partners with Paua to launch EV charging network app

Press release and picture: Paua

Moove has announced that it will be partnering with Paua to develop the first end-to-end EV charging network app solution in the mobility industry.  

The companies will utilise Paua’s technology while Moove Charge supports Moove customers in their transition to electric vehicles. Moove will provide a simplified, all-in-one access solution to over 6,600 charge points in London without paying a hefty monthly subscription free to multiple CPO’s. 

Moove is offering EVs at competitive rates to its customers and helps to improve the productivity of ride-hailing drivers through value-added services like Moove Charge which provides a cost saving of up to £340 per year, or approx. 12% of average annual EV charging cost, according to the company.  

Niall Riddell, CEO & co-founder at Paua and a speaker at the Plug It In Summit stated “Soon Londoners will be able to select electric driven forms of transport for all their journeys from micro-mobility, private hire, buses and even their personal car. Providing a universal charging solution to enable this removes another barrier to the adoption of electric vehicles.” 

Moove and Paua announced this partnership on the eve of the inaugural Evening Standard’s Plug It In Summit run by the Evening Standard, said the companies press release.  

The Summit seeks to highlight what more Londoners can do to go electric with their transport choices. It confronts the biggest roadblocks being faced ahead of 2030 and solving the supply issue of EVs is arguably the greatest challenge. The addition of a 100% EV ride-hailing fleet provides greater access to cleaner transportation and a cleaner environment for the city’s residents. 

Charlotte Bailey, Head of Europe at Moove, stated “Moove is an impact-led company committed to the electrification of mobility. Our mission is to empower mobility entrepreneurs on ridesharing, e-logistics and last-mile delivery platforms to be more productive and successful, and to achieve financial security. PAUA has been a fantastic partner in our mission to support our customers in their transition to EVs.” 

The Moove Charge App has been designed specifically to deal with issues within the sector and to facilitate a frictionless transition by providing easy location and ease of access to the largest network of slow, fast and ultrafast EV charge points across London. 

Ethan Hugh, Loop energy at MOVE America 2022!

Ethan Hugh, Loop energy at MOVE America 2022!

Loop Energy Inc. is a leading provider and developer of hydrogen fuel systems.

We caught up Ethan Hugh at MOVE America to discuss the importance that fuel efficiency has on the road to sustainability and to talk about the unique product portfolio that Loop Energy has.

Find out more below!

Autonomous vehicle starts operation in Old Town, Tallinn

Autonomous vehicle starts operation in Old Town, Tallinn

Picture: City of Tallinn

Estonian-made autonomous vehicles, developed by Vijandi-based Clevon, have been allowed to operate in pedestrian areas of Tallinn Old Town by the city government that signed a two-month cooperation agreement for the pilot project. 

“Tallinn’s Old Town is a UNESCO heritage site but also an active business location and an attractive tourist destination. Old Town is also a place where people live. It therefore makes sense to use innovative mobility solutions to serve its institutions, businesses and residents,” Tallinn’s deputy mayor Tanel Kiik said in a statement. 

“The robotic courier is an all-electric, noise and emission-free means of transport, making it a safer and more environmentally friendly way of delivering goods in the narrow streets of the Old Town compared to conventional motor vehicles,” he added. 

 The full electric, unmanned vehicles will provide parcel delivery services and aim to reduce pollution in the city centre. The company are also partnering with DHL for the new courier solution in the Old Town area. 

Back in 2021, the company became the first in Europe to be awarded a licence to operate semi-autonomous vehicles on public streets without restrictions. The vehicle is also being tested by online shopping service Collect&Go in Belgium.  

The Clevon’s robot courier is fairly small, only weighing 500 kilograms. To ensure the safety of road users, including pedestrians, the machine is equipped with six cameras that provide a 360 degree view of the vehicle. 

V-Go Energy has launched its new EV chargers and power storage solutions

V-Go Energy has launched its new EV chargers and power storage solutions

Picture: V-Go

V-Go Energy, a new brand of the well-connected company, Verve Connect, has announced the launch of its EV chargers and power storage solutions to the market.  

The chargers will feature design, intelligent control and smart features and will introduce an alternating current EV charger range of 7kW and 22kW for residential, workplace and destination customer segment.  

The company has also developed the direct current charger range from 20kW to up to 180kW for the fleet charging segment which will be available mid-year in 2023.  

Chris Edwards, Chief Commercial Officer from Verve Connect, commented: “Our company strives to provide reliable and sustainable products to the market. In addition to our already very successful telecom business, we are now introducing our EV chargers and power storage solutions to the market, we are confident our product and local support will be equally strong and reliable”. 

The products are able to be integrated with third party applications to enable smart on charge scheduling due to internet connection being enabled by the build in communication modules as well as the embedded OCPP protocol.  

Additionally, the company’s chargers can be used as a standalone charger supported via V-Go’s solutions. The chargers are also designed to support V-Go’s RFID based offline payment system or to integrate partner’s application to support the business owners’ energy management considerations. 

The company has also said that the V-Go EV chargers come with PEN fault protection that is designed to help reduce the cost of installation without affecting safety.  

V-Go will be showcasing their product at the London EV show at the Excel. 

Miller Technology launches new battery electric vehicle for underground mining

Miller Technology launches new battery electric vehicle for underground mining

Picture: Miller Technology

Miller Technology has launched a new, battery electric low-profile grader for underground mining. The company has said that customer response and trials at the bauma trade show in Munich, Germany were positive.  

“This is another great day for Miller, for North Bay, for northern Ontario and for Canada as we continue to roll out more battery electric vehicles for mining,” said Dan Bachand, the CEO of Miller. “We also want to recognize and thank the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) for its funding support of the E-Grader.” 

Miller’s E-Grader was built by retrofitting an HBM-Novas 110-M low profile grader with Miller’s patented powered by Ionic drive system. 

Member of Parliament for Nipissing—Timiskaming, Anthony Rota, also adds that “Miller Technology’s battery electric grader is a further example of how Canada is leading the world in green technology, reducing operating costs, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and most importantly improving employee health”, said Anthony Rota. “We are proud to see them serve the world from North Bay in the riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming.” 

The federal government has recently announced their fall economic statement that will introduce a refundable tax credit of 30% of the capital cost of investments in several clean technology items. This includes hydrogen or electric heavy-duty equipment used in construction or mining that are zero-emission or can be charged or refueled remotely. 

“A 30% tax credit will assist our customers with their purchases of the higher cost BEVs and help speed up the electrification of mining utility vehicles and Miller will be right there for them with reliable mining BEVs” said Bachand. 

The E-Grader is currently being “checked out” in Germany by international customers who attended the BAUMA trade show, according to the company. The E-Grader is meant to be returning to Canada from January 2023 onwards for North American customer visits. 

Eric Bach joins us at MOVE America 2022

Eric Bach joins us at MOVE America 2022

Eric Bach, Senior Vice President and Chief Engineer at Lucid Motors joined us at MOVE America to discuss delivering world-class efficiency to change the face of luxury EVs.

Lucid Motors are paving the way for luxury EVs and fast charging technology.

MOVE talked to Eric about how the company are developing the next generation of electric vehicles.

The city of Łódź signs contract with Solaris to supply e-buses and charging infrastructure

The city of Łódź signs contract with Solaris to supply e-buses and charging infrastructure

Picture and press release: Solaris

The city of Łódź has signed a contract with Solaris to supply e-buses along with charging infrastructure. The zero-emission Urbino 18 electric vehicles will hit the streets of the city in 2023. This will be a decisive step towards embracing e-mobility and will mark the first contract for electric buses to be carried out by Łódź by the manufacturer from Bolechowo.  

Key features of the eight Solaris Urbino 18 electric buses ordered by the city are their unique quietness and reduced emissions. The Urbino electric buses will be able to operate up to 24 hours a day. They are expected to roll out onto the streets in the second half of 2023. 

“The signing of the contract for 8 state-of-the-art electric buses, taking place today, is an event of enormous importance for us. We are pleased that Łódź will be yet another city on the electric map of zero-emission Solaris buses. We are also very proud to be able to support the city in the implementation of such ambitious undertakings. These determined efforts to electrify public transport in Łódź will set an excellent example for numerous European towns and cities”, underlined Krzysztof Musiał, Regional Sales Manager for Poland South-East at Solaris. 

The company has said that the new e-buses will be powered by state-of-the-art High Energy batteries with a total nominal capacity of over 400kWh. They will be available to charge both via a plug in connection and by means of an inverted pantograph. 

“It’s great news for the bus fleet in Łódź, which will be enriched by the addition of these new e-buses. Today, we are signing a contract for the purchase of our first articulated e-buses manufactured by Solaris. I am extremely happy about it and strongly believe that this is only the beginning of our long-term collaboration”, said Adam Pustelnik, First Deputy Mayor of the city of Łódź. 

The interiors of the Urbino 18 electric vehicles are equipped with fully automated air conditioning and will offer space for 110 people. The bus will also feature an electronic ticketing system that will allow payment from credit cards and a ticket vending machine. 

The very first Solaris buses made it to Łódź in 2000. Since then, the city’s public transport has been consistently heading towards green mobility said the company’s press release. 

 The vehicles ordered today will be the first Solaris electric buses to be used in Łódź. However, this is not the city’s first investment in Solaris vehicles with alternative drive systems.  

This year, the manufacturer has already delivered 29 low-emission Urbino 12 mild hybrid buses to the city. Soon, another 20 units of the same type will make their way to Łódź. With every passing year, low- and zero-emission vehicles account for an increasingly significant share of European bus fleets, and the city of Łodź is clearly following this trend. 

Lyft announces partnership with Redwood Materials to recycle e-bike and e-scooter batteries

Lyft announces partnership with Redwood Materials to recycle e-bike and e-scooter batteries

Lyft has announced that it will be partnering with Redwood Materials to ensure that its fleet of shared e-bikes and scooters can be kept up to date and fresh.  

This deal is a huge one for Lyft, and it will be used by the company to ensure that its nationwide fleet of bikes and scooters to not end up in the trash at the end of their lifetime, which is estimated to be around five years.  

Lyft have said that they will recover the depleted e-bike batteries through its operations teams and will then ship those batteries to Redwood’s facility in Northern Nevada.  

Redwood will then begin the chemical recycling process, in which it removes and refines elements such as nickel, cobalt, and copper. A certain percentage of that material can then be reused into the battery making process. 

Redwood has said that it does all of its recycling domestically and aims for maximum transparency, inviting all of its clients to come to the facility and inspect every inch of the process. 

Many batteries within electric vehicles reach the end of their life span and need recycling. Through partnerships like these, electric vehicle elements and materials can be reused and recovered. 

The City of Charlotte launches new TravelSafety App

The City of Charlotte launches new TravelSafety App

Picture and press release: City of Charlotte

The City of Charlotte’s Department of Transportation has launched the TravelSafety App with a pilot project in South End. 

The app is designed to improve safety for motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists by connecting users to an electronic network of intersection and crosswalk data.  

The app includes features such as a notification to users when traffic light is about to turn green, a red-light warning if users were approaching the intersection to fast, slow speed warning and a cyclist and pedestrian warning.  

“We must work together to improve traffic safety and this app promotes connectivity to each other and to our surroundings,” said Council Member Victoria Watlington. “The app is another tool that will help us improve safety for all people using our roads and I encourage everyone to download the app and use it in the South End pilot project area.” 

The launch of the new app is part of the city’s Vision Zero safety initiative that aims to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries.  

“We are excited to incorporate TravelSafely in Charlotte,” says Justin Carroll, deputy director of CDOT. “It will improve CDOT’s use of cutting-edge technology and connect those who download the app to a network of traffic intersections, pedestrian beacons, motorists, cyclists and pedestrians.” 

CDOT has entered a partnership with Charlotte Center City Partners to ensure residents and visitors in the South End area are aware of the opportunity to take part in the pilot.  

A partnership with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department was, according to the city, an important part in making the city’s streets safer.  

“The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department works hand-in-hand with our partners at CDOT to address transportation safety and we are excited about the potential of the TravelSafely app to make the roads and sidewalks of South End safer places to walk, run, bike and drive,” says CMPD Major Dave Johnson. “Leveraging technology is the future of traffic safety and piloting this app positions Charlotte at the cutting edge.” 

Residents are encouraged to download the app and take advantage of the benefits of the audible alerts within the South End pilot area through November 2023. The free app is available for download on Apple App Store and Google Play Store. 

Carlos Herrera: Inside Spain’s first Unicorn company

Carlos Herrera: Inside Spain’s first Unicorn company

Delve into the ins and out of Spains first unicorn company! Cabify is a Spanish ride-hailing company that connects individuals and businesses with the means of transportation that best suit their needs.

The company has had an exciting year after having launched Spain’s first hydrogen-powered ride-hailing fleet and becoming the first carbon-neutral mobility application in Europe and Latin America.

Over the last five years, Cabify has invested more than $38 million in research and development to introduce various measures in its platform to achieve more environmentally and operationally efficient mobility.

Most recently, Cabify has entered a partnership with Incode Technologies to expand its passenger identity validation system to include selfie verification.

In a nut shell, Cabify is transforming the way we move. Carlos Herrera, Cabify’s Chief Technology Officer, talked to MOVE about Cabify’s recent partnerships and how they plan to reach future sustainability goals.

 

Q: For those who don’t know, tell us about Cabify and what you do.

A: Of course! My name is Carlos Herrera, and I have been Cabify’s Chief Technology Officer for the last two and a half years. Before that, I also worked as VP of Data & Research and Head of Data Science & Research. I was actually the first data scientist ever hired at Cabify. In total, I have worked at this company for the last six years. While I started on my own, I am now leading a team of 250+ highly skilled and enthusiastic professionals in engineering, data, product, and design. My main challenge is to understand, identify and coordinate the execution of the opportunities that arise from the changes technology can fuel to improve how we move around our cities.

Cabify is Spain’s first-ever Unicorn company. We are a multi-mobility platform born to offer a mobility alternative to the excess of private cars that invade the city. We provide various means of transport to reduce urban travel in private cars, taking advantage of technology to make cities better places to live.

Cabify has been transforming how people move around the city for more than 11 years. After being born in Spain, in Madrid, the company spread within a few months. We are currently present in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Spain, Mexico, Peru, and Uruguay, and we have more than 42 million registered users and 1.2 million collaborating drivers and taxi drivers.

On our platform as of today, we offer ride-hailing private hired vehicles and taxis, electric micro-mobility, and logistic services.

 

Q: You have just announced a partnership with Incode Technologies to expand your passenger identity validation system to include selfie verification. Tell us about this and how this will impact biometrics and digital identity.

A: Technology is a crucial enabler for safer mobility, and Cabify is constantly working to improve its capabilities. We were the first in the market to deliver real-time trip sharing, which might not make a difference if we look at it from a European perspective, but it definitely resonated with our users in Latam. Outside the ride-hailing industry, we tend to think more about rider safety because we ourselves usually sit there. However, we must never forget that ride-hailing drivers are more exposed. We have to work so that rides are always safe for both the driver and the rider, and never forget that listening and caring for those behind the wheel is vital for us at Cabify.

That’s why we’re incorporating technology to reduce the risk of insecurity in cities in Latin America. We just announced our collaboration with Incode Technologies to integrate new developments in our passenger identity validation system. This will see the most prominent technology in biometrics and digital identity integrated into Cabify so passengers can validate their identity through a selfie, which verifies the correspondence between the photo and the official documentation. Already active in several cities in Argentina, Chile, Colombia, and Peru, this new solution reinforces the security features deployed and, according to a survey conducted to those drivers that have already tested it, passenger identity verification is the most valued security tool.

The well-being of our collaborative drivers and taxi drivers and the prevention of safety incidents are priorities for us. Our commitment is firm when it comes to relying on technology to detect suspicious behavior of users and avoid any incidents that violate the driver’s safety. Our AI detects when it is necessary to use the selfie verification feature according to our own data.

 

Q: Cabify is the first carbon-neutral mobility application in Europe and Latin America. What technological developments allowed this goal to become a reality? What must other multi-mobility platforms change in order to follow in Cabify’s footsteps?

A: Cabify has always led the industry in terms of sustainability, which can be seen in several of the milestones we have achieved. In 2018, we became the first company in our sector worldwide to be 100% carbon neutral in Europe and Latin America, as we offset all the CO2 emitted by our activity. Since then we have offset more than 375.000 tonnes of CO2.

Technology is one of our greatest allies in sustainability. During the past five years, we have invested close to 40M€ in R+D to develop new features aimed at making cities better places to live in terms of security, sustainability, and mobility in general.

With regard to sustainability, we don’t just work with data analysis to make journeys more efficient. Thanks to innovation, we are also able to design a more cost-effective route map for our collaborating drivers. This way, Cabify saves more than 1,000 tonnes of CO2 per year with its technological developments. One of these technological developments is “hot hire”, which makes it possible to travel as few kilometers as possible without passengers. These innovations are implemented with the help of data analysis and artificial intelligence.

However, sustainability is not only about direct emissions from vehicles. We must continue to improve the efficiency of the resources at our disposal. It makes little sense for a car to be parked 95% of the time. Less parking space means higher urban density, which also means shorter rides for citizens. It is precisely in very dense cities where our technology for shared mobility brings the most value.

 

Q: What can we expect from Cabify in the next 12-18 months regarding sustainability in mobility?

A: At Cabify, we have firmly committed to combating climate change, and one of the most important milestones is our aim to decarbonize the fleet in Spain and in Latin America. In this regard, we have set a goal: that 100% of trips on our platform will be in decarbonized or electric vehicles by 2025 in Spain and 2030 in Latin America. For that, we have several initiatives going on at the moment in order to meet this goal.

For example, we have signed an agreement with Mobilize, the Renault Group brand dedicated to new mobility, that will be a milestone for the ride-hailing sector in Spain. Cabify will operate the first forty Mobilize Limos in the world, the first-ever 100% electric vehicles designed exclusively for ride-hailing.

We have also joined forces with Toyota and Enagas to present the first fleet of VTC vehicles that use hydrogen as a source of energy in Spain and have signed an agreement with Fenie Energia in Spain to promote the installation and implementation of recharging points throughout Spain to accelerate the electrification of vehicles of taxi drivers and self-employed drivers that use Cabify.

These are only a few examples of what we are working on at the moment, and a snippet of how our future endeavors will look like.

 

Q: What is Cabify’s vision for the future of mobility?

A: If I had to narrow it down to just two words, those would be sustainability and technology. That is what the future in the mobility sector looks like. Transportation has to be sustainable and technology will be at the center of it all to enable that.

The mobility of the future will be sustainable, and if it won’t, there will be no mobility and no future. Just look at where all mobility companies are heading, how user sustainability awareness is growing, and where European, national and local regulations are heading. The priority must be to reduce the use of private cars within cities and, thereby, improve air quality and the health of the people who live there. Most nations have set a deadline for the decarbonization of transport to become a reality, so any policy or business strategy that does not go towards achieving this goal will not be successful.

Europe is leading the world regarding decarbonization, and we proudly assume our role as a European mobility company with a global impact that is contributing to that goal.

 

Q: You just announced your ten-year anniversary in Latam. What does the future of this region look like as Cabify?

A: Cabify arrived in Latin America in 2012 just a few months after starting operations in Madrid and so, we are just celebrating our 10-year anniversary. We were the first platform in our industry to operate in markets such as Peru, Mexico, or Chile, later expanding to Argentina, Colombia, Ecuador, and Uruguay.

It has been ten years of development, creating quality jobs, investing in the countries we operate, and growing together. And we are not halting after these 10 years. There is still a lot more to come. Over the next two years, Cabify plans to invest more than 300M dollars in the LATAM region to develop different strategic projects that will contribute to further improving mobility in cities. These include strengthening penetration in more non-capital cities in the countries where we operate, further developing strategic points with a significantly higher demand for mobility (such as airports, stations, and malls), and continuing to work on the decarbonization of the fleet.

 

Q: You just launched the first edition of Women Tech Dating. Can you tell us more about this initiative?

A: We have just launched the first edition of #WomenTechDating, an open day in which women from around the world will be able to connect with female employees of Cabify’s tech team to explore the possibilities offered by the technology sector. This initiative stems from the commitment to promote equal opportunities in the technology sector, offering other women the chance to learn about the different options that a company in the industry can provide them for their career path.

What I love the most about the initiative is that it came from the bottom up. It was our female technologists who came to me and other leaders and said “I feel I have an amazing opportunity working in tech, and I know many women do not even consider joining this industry because of lack of awareness, which is a gap we can help close”. And so they did.

#WomenTechDating will take place through private online meetings with current Cabify employees who are part of the different technology teams such as engineering, product, or data. The project has been carried out in collaboration with colleagues from the tech team in the “Women in Technology” working group that is part of Cabify’s Diversity Committee. This group actually gets together to exchange inspiration and bridge the gender gap in the technological field.

This first edition is currently taking place and we couldn’t be happier with the turnout we have had and the interest we have seen internally and externally.

 

Q: You have also announced a new business division focused on Logistics. Can you tell us how exactly does that connect to your regular business?

A: We opened a new chapter in our diversification of mobility solutions, this time aimed at the storage and transfer of objects, with the launch of the new Cabify Logistics brand. With this new line of business, we seek to continue to grow and consolidate its position as an ally of mobility in cities, offering a safe, efficient, and sustainable quality service, while taking advantage of the potential of technology.

Cabify’s purpose is to reduce private cars in cities. From Cabify’s perspective, every huge parking lot next to a commercial facility is a lost opportunity to have a much nicer urban space.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, Cabify made an ambitious commitment to the delivery service to make it easier for individuals and companies to distribute parcels in cities. Over time, the company began to gain relevance with its B2B2C service and, today, is positioned in the logistics market as a full-service technology provider, an ally of companies with online sales that seek to deliver their products in the best conditions and with multiple options.

Proof of this is the accelerated evolution of this line of the company: we made more than 500,000 deliveries in less than 8 months after launching the service in 2020, which was five times faster than the time it took to make its first 500,000 ride-hailing trips. Today, we already have a portfolio of 5,000 customers, including large companies.

In the coming months, Cabify Logistics will continue to strengthen the technology supporting the operation to remain a leader in routing, real-time tracking, and warehouse management. In addition, we are working to further increase the electric and zero-emission fleet by including electric bicycles and scooters. In the case of Spain, 100% of Cabify Logistics’ owned fleet are electric vans dedicated exclusively to parcel service.

 

Dublin City Council partners with Virgin Media to install Wi-Fi 6 Access Points

Dublin City Council partners with Virgin Media to install Wi-Fi 6 Access Points

Dublin City Council, Ireland, alongside Virgin Media Business, is installing Wi-Fi 6 Access Points that are compliant with TIP OpenWifi as a trial of open, disaggregated solutions for potential use in the city’s public Wi-Fi network. 

TIP OpenWiFi is compliant with the technical requirements of the European Commission’s WiFi4EU initiative, the benchmark for public Wi-Fi deployments in Europe, said the company. 

“A smart city is built around collaboration and openness. We are delighted to be trialing Wi-Fi options that are built with an open-source architecture that enables multi-vendor interoperability,” said Jamie Cudden. Smart City Program Manager, Dublin City Council. 

Wifi4EU is a project that promotes free access to WiFi connectivity for citizens in public spaces including parks, squares, public buildings, libraries, health centers and museums in municipalities throughout Europe.  

The municipalities will receive a voucher that pays for the network including maintenance of the equipment to offer free and high-quality Wi-Fi connectivity for at least three years.  

“Virgin Media is recognized for providing ‘clever tech’ with ultrafast speeds and ultra-reliability. We’re industry leaders offering our customers the latest technology and it just made sense to trial Dublin City Council’s Wi-Fi network using TIP OpenWiFi standards as part of our innovation partnership with the council,” said Noel O Reilly, Business Products and Solutions Manager, Virgin Media Business. 

Dublin City Council will be using TIP OpenWiFi- compliant products and software including a cloud-based controller from NetExperience and access points from Edgecore and HFCL.  

TIP OpenWiFi is an open source-based Wi-Fi architecture that enables multi-vendor, interoperable Wi-Fi networks. This will enable both companies to mix and match additional access points and controllers.