Yep, you read that right! We are starting our long-awaited and much-requested podcast!
It will be hosted by our editor Grace Dawes, who will sit down with some of the top names in the mobility industry talking about all-things urban transport now and in the future.
Topics will vary from the controversial Inflation Reduction Act, uncertainty with autonomous vehicles, the rise of the software-defined vehicle, AI in transport, and just about anything else in mobility!
Of course, the discussions will circle back to the theme of sustainability and how urban mobility serves a reciprocal relationship with the current climate crisis.
So, keep an eye out for out the first episode which is expected to drop after our MOVE America 2023 event in September!
Ever been to MOVE? If you haven’t, it’s quite an eye opener. Autonomous vehicles crawling round the expo floor as investors thrash it out with tech bros to find the next biggest thing. On stage, energy and payments giants implore the audience to step into the future with them. And, as you reach for a business card, another e-scooter whizzes past. Seems an eclectic mix, right? Well, that seems to be the point of MOVE, an event designed to connect the dots on all things mobility.
The brochure of the event and coverage leading up to it detailed what to expect; a vibrant gathering of thousands of attendees, speakers and start-ups from across the mobility spectrum. And that’s what you get!
As soon as you walk through the doors of the event, you’re met with a red lit and wooden floored stand from AON, with an attendee trying out their race driver simulation that is whirring away with excitement. To the right is a huge Level 4 autonomous shuttle bus from ZF in all its glory, boasting a sleek shiny-grey exterior and absolutely no driver seat – which felt a bit weird at first.
Walking down through the conference, every stand exhibited its own respective aesthetic met with an impressive array of the latest mobility products. The floor was saturated with EV charging stations, electric mini car racetracks, test tracks, screen displays and so much more. A HGV, micro-car, electric motorcycle, e-scooter and e-bike are among the many real vehicle displays that were dotted all around the event.
MOVE boasts itself as the premier mobility event to meet all of the industry’s best experts. In light of this, there were some pretty impressive names that stood out in the crowd of booths: WAE, Mastercard, Hogan Lovells, AON and Dassault Systémes.
Photo: Jennifer Moyes
With an impressive 17 stages, the event claimed to host a total of 700 talks, all presented by industry experts who respectively delved into their own unique mobility-related discussions on trending topics like smart cities, battery tech, electric vehicles, fleet management and even mining. The engaging talks and panel discussions allowed speakers to share their insights and expertise on concerns, issues, excitements and anticipations for the mobility world. Angela Strand gave some insightful opinions on the state of the world’s clean energy transition, as well as providing a fascinating conversation on the Inflation Reduction Act.
Other inspiring talks made me question my pre-determined perceptions of urban mobility, including Dott’s discussion on the 15-minute city concept, Rod King’s 20s Plenty Campaign and Ryd’s conversation with Mastercard about the acceleration of frictionless payments in urban mobility.
But it was not all just a parade of mobility companies talking about their products and success, there was a poignant message that rose above all the brightly lit branding and buzzing ambience. The event stayed true to its word on keeping the issue of sustainability key to the heart of the event. There was not a single attendee that I encountered who didn’t demonstrate their love and appreciation for using mobility to keep the planet green. The event provided an invaluable platform for attendees to grasp and elaborate on the evolution of the mobility ecosystem. MOVE provided a space for learning as well as teaching, and helped its attendees to acknowledge all of the collective efforts of the industry in combatting the climate emergency.
Another touching moment occurred on Day Two of the event, when Nicoletta Gennaro, Group Head of Marketing at Ascendal Group, was awarded the Women in Mobility Award 2023. Her heartfelt acceptance speech emphasised her love for the positive impact of her work in the mobility industry. Gennaro secured victory with a narrow 25-vote margin over the runner-up, highlighting her significant contributions and inspiring influence. The award ceremony was a powerful tribute to the hard-working women in mobility and their major contributions to the industry’s acceleration.
In the later hours of Day Two at MOVE, Cormac Cronin Martin, the Project Director of the event, expressed the exhilaration that he experienced from the two-day conference, stating: “MOVE 2023 was the best MOVE yet – more attendees, speakers, start-ups and exhibitors than ever before. And the feedback we’re getting is that this is a unique and valuable community that’s only going to grow.”
MOVE sponsors and speakers were also interviewed at the interview booth, offering additional insights and perspectives on the event’s innovations and advancements. I spoke to John Wall, who kindly explained to me how exactly BlackBerry QNX fit into the space of mobility. Using the analogy of a plumber, he elaborated that their software helps to provide the foundation for software-defined vehicles, which automakers can then build the car on top of. As someone who is not quite yet an expert in mobility terminology, I valued his passionate yet patient nature in explaining his product.
Every interviewee willingly highlighted their MOVE pledges for the upcoming year and gave a personal or company-governed pledge towards creating increased sustainability in the mobility industry through their products, services and daily lifestyle choices. But only time will tell if they can live up to their promises.
In conclusion, MOVE 2023 proved to be an unparalleled platform for the mobility industry to converge, collaborate and innovate. With its focus on sustainability and specialised platform for businesses to showcase their products, the event served as a catalyst for driving positive change in the world of mobility. As the event continues to grow and evolve, it promises to remain at the forefront of shaping the future of transportation and mobility worldwide.
As the world continues to grapple with environmental challenges and the need for more efficient and eco-friendly transportation solutions, my expectations for MOVE 2024 remain high, as the future event will likely play a big role in showcasing cutting-edge technologies and strategies that address these pressing issues.
MOVE will return in 2024, from 19 June 2024 to 20 June 2024 at ExCel London. To find out more, click here.
Adam Bazih, head of Stellantis Ventures, spoke at MOVE 2023 about his experience and how the event had gone “above and beyond expectations” and even detailed his personal enjoyments from the event.
Stellantis Ventures is the first Stellantis corporate venture fund which targets early and later-stage startup companies who are developing cutting-edge technologies for the automotive and mobility sectors and are focused on improving outcomes for both individual customers and society as a whole.
Bazih also discussed why the company is helping the push for electrification in the automotive and how they are doing so by supporting start-ups in mobility.
At MOVE 2023 Fanny Touron, head of innovation and products at ALD Automotive, discussed her panel and how ALD as a company are making moves towards greener mobility.
Touron commented on the event, she said: “The event is a really good moment to open the eyes and see what is happening in the mobility world.”
The head of innovation and products also discussed the panel she hosted at the event called ‘How reinventing employee mobility is helping companies to meet their CO2 target?’ and pointed out her main takeaways from the talk.
Have a watch of the full interview to hear more about ALD’s experience at MOVE 2023 as well as their MOVE sustainability pledge for 2024!
The director for Catalonia Trade & Investment Oscar Marti went into detail on all of the companies the Catalonian Government stand were showcasing at MOVE 2023.
Catalonia Trade & Investment is the Catalan Government agency for foreign investment and business competitiveness, promoting the innovation, internationalisation, trade and funding of Catalan companies and startups.
Listing all of the respective contributions of Catalonia’s urban mobility companies at the event, Marti noted that the stand boasted an impressive collection of brands and OEMs.
Watch the full interview to hear about what the Catalonian stand had to offer at MOVE 2023 and how their efforts towards sustainability are providing valuable opportunities for the innovation of their urban mobility.
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At MOVE 2023 Roger Jones, solution architect for Cradlepoint, discussed how their connectivity products are key to the current and future potentials of the mobility industry.
Cradlepoint was born in Boise and specialise in a shared vision to Connect Beyond the limits of wired networks. They aim to help customers utilise 4G and 5G cellular technology to connect people, places, and things — anywhere.
In this interview, Jones discusses how the mobility industry can employ connectivity in sustainable environments and lower transport costs. Watch the full interview to hear about Jones’ theatre talk at the event as well as Cradlepoint’s MOVE sustainability pledge for 2024.
At MOVE 2023 Norman Palmhof managing consultant at Valtech Mobility talked about all-things connected mobility and the company’s experience at the event.
Valtech Mobility specialise in designing, developing and managing digital platform services and products to help enable customers and partners to create value streams and monetise data from connected vehicles.
Palmhof commented on Valtech’s recent partnership with Parkopedia and how the two companies are joining forces to provide end-to-end services for carmakers. The services that are made possible through the collaboration include integrated solutions for parking, fuelling, tolling, and charging in connected vehicles.
Can AI help to accelerate the future of autonomous vehicles? dRISK think so!
At MOVE 2023 Rav Babbra, COO at dRISK, talked about how his company is collecting AI data from all over the world and making simulated scenarios in order to de-risk autonomous vehicle (AV) systems.
Babbra also said that the recent Euro NCAP and GSR requirements are now being collated into the company’s scenarios and can be included in client purchases.
MOVEMNT also got to hear about dRISK’s presence at MOVE as a returning start-up and soon-to-be attendee of MOVE AMERICA 2023. Hear all about the dRISK’s journey from the start-up village to the expo floor and what their MOVE pledge is for the coming year…
At MOVE 2023 Henri Moissinac, the co-founder and CEO of Dott, talked about the fifteen-minute city and how micro-mobility can help make this goal to become a reality in cities all over the world.
With a mandate to encourage the fifteen-minute city, Moissinac recently contributed to the Micro-mobility Industry Best Practice Reportand commented on the purpose of the report and its key findings in and around micro-mobility.
Moissinac also discussed his predictions for the future of micro-mobility and whether he thinks the trend will continue to climb. With more and more micro-modes of transport being embraced in cities all around the world, publicly and privately, Moissinac commented on how he thinks this will impact ownership of personal cars.
Around 20 years ago, Rod King MBE campaigned in his local town for a 20 mph speed limit on roads where pedestrians mix with motorists. Fast forward to today and King’s organisation, 20s Plenty for Us, now boasts 600 local campaigns across the entire of the UK.
King talked about his campaign with MOVEMNT at MOVE 2023 and commented on his keynote talk “20’s plenty: maximising the potential of the spaces between buildings that we call streets”.
King asked how cities and towns can sweat the assets of what we call ‘streets’ in order to meet the needs and aspirations of we have right now in the third decade of the 21st century. He endeavours to promote the 20s Plenty Campaign in order to “make your place a better place to be”.
Watch the MBE’s full interview to learn more about his MOVE 2023 and what his personal MOVE sustainability pledge is for the upcoming year.
“Woman only represent 20% of the workforce in transport and that is a number that needs to change urgently,” said Sandra Witzel, co-founder of Women in Mobility UK, at MOVE 2023. The organisation was founded three years ago and serves as a networking group for women in the mobility industry.
The group offers its members opportunities to network, connect, and grow with other members. Witzel added that the group organised a meet-up at MOVE 2023 in order to being women in mobility together in-person.
The co-founder also commented on SkedGo, a MaaS technology solutions provider for which Witzel is the CMO.
Listen to what SkedGo’s MOVE pledge is and to what the future for women in mobility could be.
Angela Strand, chairwoman of SEA Electric, discussed her opinions on how the Inflation Reduction act will support the clean energy transition in the US at MOVE 2023.
The Inflation Reduction Act aims to promote the clean energy transition in the hopes to curb inflation and was put into federal law last year. Whilst the act will promote the electrification of vehicles in the USA, it also comes with its own controversies surrounding green subsidies.
Strand participated in the keynote talk which touches upon these issues, called “How can we make green subsidies operable and politically acceptable?”, from which Strand told us her main takeaways from the discussion.
Strand also commented on her MOVE experience as well as her own personal MOVE pledge in which she disclosed how she intends to reduce her air miles.
Steve Schwinke, VP of customer engagement at Sibros, praised MOVE as the “premier event when it comes to sustainability and mobility”. With multiple appearances on panels, roundtables, and talks at MOVE 2O23, Schwinke gave some insight into what topics he’s dying to discuss.
Schwinke also provided some insight into how Sibros is helping to lay the foundations for the software-defined vehicle and are providing a deep connectivity service to its customers. The technology that Schwinke refers to includes Sibros’ Deep Connected Platform.
This program was developed by automotive industry experts and designed with the latest safety, cybersecurity, data privacy and software development standards in mind, to help costumers provide the best connectivity service possible.
Providing services as an “enabling technology”, Schwinke also talks about how Sibros provide solutions for innovation in connected vehicles, endeavouring to accelerate the journey towards the software-defined vehicle.
On the expo floor at MOVE 2023, we caught up with Jawad Khursheed, CEO of HVS. The hydrogen technology distributor showcased their latest HGV on the expo floor, being entirely unmissable on the front door of the keynote theatre.
HVS is a systems integration company that brings together existing systems, parts and technologies to design, develop, manufacture, market and sell advanced zero-emission commercial vehicles.
With an aspiration to change the famous acronym to ‘Hydrogen Goods Vehicle’, Khursheed told MOVEMNT about global attitudes to the HGV world and what makes their designs so unique.
At the ExCeL last month, we spoke to Ardo Reinsalu, the director of vehicles at Bolt about all-things micro-mobility.
On day one of MOVE 2023 , Bolt announced the release of their latest in-house e-scooter, Bolt 6. In this interview, Reinsalu told us what makes this next-gen model better and more efficient than its previous versions. In addition, Bolt told us what their MOVE pledge was as a company for the upcoming year.
We also spoke about Reinsalu’s theatre discussion at the event on “The future of vehicles: what are the drivers of change?” and his main takeaways from the talk.
On day one of MOVE 2023, we spoke to Niclas Poitiers who enlightened us about how economic policy can heavily influence the car market and how Bruegel are trying to make these policies into actional policies.
Poitiers gave an example of the types of questions that Bruegel ask and provide solutions to: What is the role of industrial subsidies to produce electric cars?
Also discussed in this interview was Poitiers keynote talk with Angela Strand on how green subsidies could be more operable and more politically acceptable and his opinion on this topic.