When two worlds collide: The story of a powerful partnership made at MOVE 2022

When two worlds collide: The story of a powerful partnership made at MOVE 2022

MOVE is the national stage for industry leaders engineering the future. It is a place where the most innovative businesses, startups and speakers come together and as a result, some incredible partnerships can form.

Back in June, Kammy Horne, Senior Vice President of Development at VIA Metropolitan Transit and Andrew Highfield, Head of Integrated Transport at Hertfordshire County Council, joined us for the first time at the ExCel in London for MOVE 2022.

In the hopes of reaching out to like-minded innovators and leader, the two formed an unlikely, yet powerful, partnership.

We spoke to the pair about their story and the developments that have been made since their meeting at MOVE 2022.

 

Q: Tell us the story of how this connection was formed at MOVE?

A:  I was attending my first ever MOVE conference and was keen to meet like minded leaders in the transport field, especially international attendees to chat over common challenges and best practice. I really enjoyed the speakers and events throughout the day and was keen to chat to further informally

K:  Andrew reached out to me to connect as he noticed that I also worked in the public sector.  This was also my first MOVE conference.

 

Q: How did Swapcard help you when creating this partnership?

A: I saw that Kammy was attending the conference and was active on Swapcard and sent a brief message introducing myself and that it would be great to have a chat at some point during the day

K: Swapcard helped to quickly identify Andrew and his background and facilitated the messaging.  It was easy to use and very helpful in knowing who was reaching out.  There were many vendors, but Andrew was reaching out to exchange peer information.

 

Q: What attracted you to the event?

A: The breadth of expertise, both through the talks, panels and demonstrators in one place was the major attraction. I had and was working with some suppliers who attended and so it was great to catch up with those as well as some ex colleagues from Transport for London. The ability to meet new people such as Kammy and other leaders was interesting also

 K:  I was initially skeptical of the event, not knowing how much I would gain, especially due to the travel needed from San Antonio, Texas.  As I began to look into the other speakers at the event, I became more interested.  I was also impressed by the genuine thoughtfulness of the event organizers who seemed to be very focussed on information-rich sessions.

 

Q: What have been the benefits of this collaboration?

A: The knowledge sharing sessions we have conducted have been fascinating, both in learning similar challenges despite the distances between us and also some of the best practice in the transport field. Connecting some of the teams as a sounding board for ideas an lessons learnt has been fantastic and hopefully will continue

 K:  I agree with Andrew.  My team has also been very interested in hearing from Andrew and his team.   It is interesting to see that so many of our challenges are similar!

 

Q: What similar projects have you both been working on?

A: Demand Responsive Transport, Mass Transit, Bus Priority, Bus Shelter infrastructure, boosting service levels and patronage post COVID

 

Q: What challenges both communities have faced? Are they the same? How are they different?

A: The impacts of COVID on transport have been very similar, both in terms of impact to communities, mobility and the restoration of services with lower patronage. Whilst the area in Hertfordshire is slightly different in topography to the areas that Kammy and VIA oversee, the split between service; urban, rural and semi urban areas, providing high quality, safe, reliable services is a constant. Maintaining that service in the post COVID world with inflation, driver recruitment challenges and balancing services where some passengers have just not returned is a constant challenge

 

Q: Where do you see this going in the next few years? 

A: In terms of the partnership we have formed, further learnings between teams, working on similar challenges and even perhaps co-commission some areas of study, when using similar consultants etc

 

Q: What big developments can we expect to see in the next 12-18 months?

A:  From a transport perspective, we feel like we are in a bit of a high wire act to maintain steady, reliable services whilst upgrading bus services to zero emission, establishing a better mix of fixed route and demand responsive services (including identifying synergies with Paratransit) delivering better infrastructure for transport (Bus priority and mass transit) and ensuring that is supported locally. It is inevitable that there may be a further rebalancing on the network, with services adapted to serve new areas and needs for mobility in communities

K:  San Antonio is working on a voter-approved program called:  Keep SA Moving.  This will involve many new developments including a re-design of the overall network, bus rapid transit, micromobility, and a new maintenance facility.  We will have similar and overlapping challenges with Andrew and it is great to have this connection in the transportation field!

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.

 

“This is not a car!”- MOVE talks to Microlino creator Wim Ouboter

“This is not a car!”- MOVE talks to Microlino creator Wim Ouboter

Picture: Microlino

“The strange TINY car built by a scooter company”- not what you would expect right? The Microlino is  one of the most anticipated cars of the year, except it’s not really a car at all. The Microlino is a lightweight microcar for two, and also, a fashion icon.

Inventor, Wim Oubouter, has designed a modern EV for the commuter age. MOVE spoke to Wim about the fantastic new design and how this will revolutionise city travel and the electric-car market!

The Microlino will be joining us at MOVE 2023, so don’t miss out and grab your tickets here.

 

Q: Tell us about yourself and how you found yourself in this industry. 

A: I was trained as a banker, but quickly realized, that I wanted to do something with impact. 

So I invented the kickscooter in 1999 and coined the term micromobility, in fact our company is named “Micro Mobility Systems”. So we have always thought about making mobility more sustainable and then at some point also started looking at other vehicle form factors. And when you put one step in front of the others, truly magic things can happen and so that is how we ended up not only producing kickscooters, but also having a car factory in Italy. 

 

  

Q: How was the idea of the Microlino created? 

A: So as we were always thinking about how to make urban mobility more eco-friendly, we came across a startling fact: there are just 1.2 people sitting in a car on average, driving just about 35km per day. And that made us think: how can we create a weather protected vehicle for two people that uses as little space as possible? And so we stumbled across the bubble cars from the 1950ies that served as a design inspiration for the Microlino. 

  

 

Q: It is described as the ‘perfect car for any city’. Why is this? What features make it unique? 

A: First of all, it needs only about one third of the space and due to its length and front door, it can cross-park. That means you can get three Microlinos in one parking spot. Also, it has space for two adults next to each other and three beer crates ion the trunk. With a max speed of 90km/h it can also drive on the highway if needed and with a maximum range of 230km it has more range than needed. 

All that while using only about one third of the energy both during production and usage than comparable small electric citycars. 

 

 

  

Q: What has been the response from prospective buyers to this vehicle? 

A: Amazing – we have received over 35’000 reservations! 

  

 

Q: What is your vision for the future of the Microlino? 

This product category in general should make up 30% of the new vehicle registrations in 5 years. It’s ambitious, but with the political will to downsizing, it is feasible, just look at Japan where the small Kei-Cars make up 40% of new registrations. 

  

 

Q: How important is the development of micromobility and smaller cars like this in creating smarter and more sustainable cities? 

I think it is absolutely crucial, because we cannot go on with just making cars electric – we have to move to lighter vehicle types also! Individual mobility will always be a need and therefore we need vehicles that pollute less and need less space than cars. 

 Find out more about the Microlino here:

 

Coastr joined us at MOVE 2022!

Coastr joined us at MOVE 2022!

Coastr’s Founder and CEO, Biswajit Kundu Roy, was at MOVE 2022 to talk about their AI technology that they are developing to automate and digitialise fleet management. Also, about how they are improving fleet utilisation.
“One of the things we really want to do, and this is kind of the vision of Coastr and yesterday we made a pledge about it as well, is that we want to help customers really understand their carbon footprint and a major part of Coastr’s vision is to enable more shared cars and shared vehicles” said Biswajit
We are happy to be seeing Biswajit and the Coastr team again at MOVE America in Texas in September! Biswajit will be speaking about why the automotive industry is heading towards a hyperconnected future.
Find out more about Coastr at:  https://www.coastr.com/
Watch the full interview below:
Teague Egan makes amazing pledge at MOVE 2022 and talks all things lithium!

Teague Egan makes amazing pledge at MOVE 2022 and talks all things lithium!

MOVE 2022 had the great pleasure of catching up with Teague Egan who spoke of the fantastic pledge they have made for the next year and how important sustainable solutions are for the battery industry.

The battery industry has been described as one of the most important parts in the race to electrification and companies are fighting to provide innovative mining solutions to ensure that materials are extracted more cost effectively and sustainably.

Teague commented saying: “The materials that go into the batteries, they’re there, we know what they are but there’s just not enough of them. That’s the bottleneck, right. So figuring out ways to more efficiently extract them and in larger quantities and create that abundance, that’s where the focus needs to go”.

Not only are EnergyX providing key industry developments, but they have made an incredible MOVE pledge for the next year.

Teague said: “Obviously our whole company is revolved around the energy transition and sustainability. We recently made a pledge for the S, the social aspect of this. A lot of these mines that battery materials come from are in really remote places around the world, that have indigenous cultures and the people there aren’t very affluent or wealthy so what we did was we pledged $100,000 dollars to improve some of the education systems and healthcare infrastructure in really remote parts of Bolivia.” 

We are also excited to see Teague and EnergyX at MOVE America, Austin,  in September, the home of EnergyX!

Find out more at: https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/move-america/index.stm

 

Alex Sobel from UK Parliament joined us at MOVE 2022!

Alex Sobel from UK Parliament joined us at MOVE 2022!

“Too many people are still driving ICE vehicles, for too short a distance, polluting, creating poor air quality. We need people to move out of the traditional ICE and into other forms of zero- carbon transport using electricity or hydrogen.”- Alex Sobel, Chair- Net Zero All Party Parliamentary Group, UK Parliament.

MOVE 2022 saw some innovative speakers from all over the globe, and we had the great pleasure of speaking to Alex Sobel, the chair of the Net Zero All Party Parliamentary Group, UK Parliament. Sobel is also the local MP for Leeds and is committed to enabling seamless integrated transport while also pushing forward the path to net-zero.

Leeds is now the largest city in Western Europe that does not have an integrated transport system. Over the years, numerous systems have been suggested by local initiatives such as trams, bus networks, and even a metro line, however, they have never materialised. This limits movement of people around the city and therefore a transport system is needed now more than ever.

“I think that what we need to be looking at is much more integrated systems, so people can move between transport modes, particularly in urban areas” said Alex. 

To find out more about what we heard from Alex at MOVE 2022, watch the video below!

Oxbotica’s Paul Newman at MOVE 2022!

Oxbotica’s Paul Newman at MOVE 2022!

“Oxbotica’s vision is to become indistinguishable from perfect when it comes to safety in the way that we change how the earth moves.”- Paul Newman, CTO and Founder, Oxbotica

Oxbotica’s Paul Newman joined us at #MOVE2022, where we got to talk about Oxbotica’s latest autonomous project: the first safe and sustainable, zero occupancy vehicle. A few weeks ago Oxbotica deployed, on UK roads, the first zero-occupancy vehicle driving around our streets.

Paul commented: “That wasn’t particularly technically hard, the hard bit about that was making sure we had every spotlight, invited every point of view on the safety, the legislation and insurance to make that open and transparent…”

We also got to talk about what potential industry developments we will potentially see in the next 12-18 months!

Watch the full interview below!

 

Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg talks free public transport and new mobility plan at MOVE 2022!

Deputy Prime Minister of Luxembourg talks free public transport and new mobility plan at MOVE 2022!

Picture: Francois Bausch

We caught up with Francois Bausch, Deputy PM of Luxembourg, at MOVE: mobility reimagined to talk their new Mobility Plan 2035 and how Luxembourg has become the first country in the world to make public transport free.

As the transition towards net-zero approaches, many countries have made the decision to charge nothing for public transport services. This aims to reduce the number of cars on the road, and aims to be cheaper than owning a private car. Making public transport free could significantly reduce Co2 emissions in crowded urban zones, who are the main contributors to such pollution.

However, some people worry that this could not be the best step for urban cities to take. Governments would be solely responsible for the costs of public transport e.g, maintenance and salary of staff and therefore it means that this would be very expensive to implement. Furthermore, public transport can already be very chaotic in commuter hours, and making it free could only increase this chaos as more and more people ditch their cars.

Whatever the pros and cons might be, the country of Luxembourg is one of the success stories that has come from making the decision not to charge for public transport.

Bausch commented saying: ““We have a complete new strategy about reorganising our mobility system, and for me, the free public transport is the icing on the cake of this strategy,”

He continues to say: “I must say that the discussions we provoked by launching free public transport helped us a lot because it’s really something to de-diamondise… it’s a real success, and I can only suggest for other urban areas to do the same thing”

Many countries have discussed trialling free public transport in an attempt to make their cities more environmentally friendly, however, it may be a long time before we see this implemented across the globe.

Watch the full interview below!

European Union Road Federation talks road infrastructure ahead of MOVE 2022

European Union Road Federation talks road infrastructure ahead of MOVE 2022

We caught up with Christophe Nicodeme, the General Director of the European Union Road Federation, to talk about the importance of road infrastructure for the mobility industry and what we can expect to hear from them at MOVE: Mobility Reimagined 

The ERF is a non-profit organisation that represents the sector of road infrastructure, highlighting the socio-economic importance of roads for the community and society.  

“We tend to call ourselves the ‘voice of the European road,’ said Christophe.  

“We have a large variety of members, which are from the national road associations, private sector research institutes, also universities and test centres, so our membership is quite large, representing different elements of the road community. We provide information to our members, and we follow and try to influence European policy regarding road safety and road infrastructure” 

Road safety is a key element to the global mobility industry. Road transport related industries provide employment to over 14 million people in Europe and through the development of this infrastructure we can tackle issues within the mobility industry such as: ageing infrastructure, higher traffic demand, decarbonisation, and inclusion of modern technologies. 

“When people talk about mobility you have some very ‘fashionable trends’ which are digitalisation, systems of communication and vehicles, of course. But sometimes the road infrastructure is a little bit lost in the equation,” said Nicodeme  

“You can have the best zero-emission vehicle with the highest technology of communication, but if you want these vehicles to drive on the jungle track, you won’t achieve your mobility objectives. The infrastructure is really an essential part of the whole mobility framework, and it needs to be recognised as such.” 

Christophe will be appearing on a panel about the ‘connected infrastructure & V2X tech: realising potential and increasing safety’ alongside some very exciting names.  

We will also have a variety of panels and presentations on the topic of connectivity with talks on: 

  • Smartphones and connected vehicles: developing the interface 
  • Satellite connectivity for sustainable mobility 
  • Digital disruption: how can connectivity and the cloud lead to effective mobility services?  
  • AI computer vision: powering the next Industrial revolution  
  • All-inclusive mobility blueprints for future proofing city transport  

Don’t miss out on all of our exciting panels and presentations! Get your tickets here: https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/move/tickets.stm 

Watch the full interview with Christophe below.  

 

Metbus talks industry developments ahead of MOVE 2022

Metbus talks industry developments ahead of MOVE 2022

We spoke with Diego Fuentes, CPO and CTO of Metbus, about predictions for the mobility industry and what we expect to hear from him at MOVE: Mobility Reimagined next month.  

Diego will be delivering a presentation on ‘Efficient Scaling Metbus’s EV fleet’ focusing on how Metbus has become one of the biggest operators in the city of Santiago.  

“I am excited to come from the other side of the planet to look at experience. There are also no Latin American speakers so it’s a privilege for me to participate. As a speaker I am going to be sharing our experience that we have here in Chile. I also think I can learn and bring back fresh and new ideas,” said Diego  

Fleet management has developed massively in the coming years, with Metbus having 437 of their fleet already being 100% fully electric. Many cities are also developing electrified fleets and, even further, autonomous fleets to improve cities around the world.  

Fuentes said: “Countries have different challenges, but the base problem is the same. You have passengers to transport and a public service to perform as best as you can. The cities have different configurations, the fares are different, but these different experiences can bring us together to produce better ideas for mass mobility.” 

At MOVE 2022 we have an incredible range of panels/presentations around the topic of Fleet Management, such as:  

  • How businesses are harnessing the power of fleets 
  • How data-driven companies are providing new and innovative solutions for fleets 
  • New fleet subscriptions and leasing models and how they are benefiting mobility 
  • Showing leadership in the shift to electric fleets 

The development of fleets across major cities has enabled innovative solutions to tackle challenges of data management, battery tech and sustainability.  

“I think the biggest developments will be, first, electromobility, battery technologies, hydrogen fuel cells and technologies to manage fleets” commented Diego. 

“Today we have very congested cities, sometimes the plans that you make do not always operate the way you think. Everyday cities have different problems, traffic jams, building problems and you must act fast in the moment. So, I think the technologies should allow for the decision makers to make better decisions but in the moment.” 

To watch the full interview with Diego follow the link below! 

Make sure you do not miss some of our amazing panels and presentations and get your tickets here  

https://www.terrapinn.com/exhibition/move/tickets.stm

WalkSafe talks public safety ahead of MOVE 2022

WalkSafe talks public safety ahead of MOVE 2022

Picture: VIVA Manchester

We caught up with Emma Kay, founder and CEO of WalkSafe, to discuss what we will be hearing from her at MOVE and what the future holds for public safety.  

Mobility innovations are key to changing our cities and the world itself. As the mobility ecosystem develops with the latest technologies, we must ensure that the personal safety of users is at the forefront of this development. 

At MOVE 2022, Emma will be hosting a talk on ‘How mapping can protect the vulnerable’ and will also be appearing on a panel on ‘The mobility innovations that are changing the world’. 

Emma will be talking about how to change the existing infrastructure of cities to challenge the narrative and pave the way for a safer future. 

She has said: “I really want to challenge and disrupt the industry by showing safety is not just something that affects people on a Saturday night. It’s a 24/7 thing. I think businesses have a role to play in ensuring everyone is safe. For us, that is what we will be focusing on in the next 12 months.” 

She continues to say: “I think what needs to be addressed more by businesses is their duty of care towards their users when they are using technologies such as, escooters and charging points. Just thinking about the welfare of the users, are they (chargers) being put in safe locations? Are we thinking about, for example, what time of night they will be using these products? Safety of users’ needs to be always at the forefront”  

MOVE 2022 will see a variety of panel discussions and presentations around the development of smart cities. Don’t miss panels/presentations on the following topics: 

  • Developing an ecosystem to drive equitable & smart cities 
  • Electric charging points and cycle lanes: what is appropriate allocation of road space? 
  • Crowd density management for safer streets and transport networks. 
  • How data policy and digitalisation is reducing inequity 
  • How one city is using the cloud and edge computing to safely store its data 

The future of our cities is more exciting than ever, however, increased innovation comes with greater responsibility to ensure public safety. 

Emma has said that she will be using MOVE to “learn and be inspired by others at the event. We are very excited to be there.”

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Director of Innovation at TfL talks sustainable solutions ahead of MOVE 2022

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We spoke with Thomas Ableman, Director of Innovation at TfL, about the exciting new upcoming projects at TfL and what we can expect to hear at MOVE: Mobility Reimagined in June. 

Sustainable mobility innovations within the public transport sector play a key part in decreasing carbon emissions across the city. London still faces huge challenges around congestion and air quality, therefore, creating various solutions to tackle increasing emissions is a giant step the mobility industry must take.  

“The need has never been stronger for change, with the climate crises now much more widely acknowledged, the mobility industry has the most enormous role to play” said Ableman 

“Transport is the one area of the economy where carbon emissions have not fallen in the last 30 years. Therefore, that is where we need innovative solutions and ideas, not just to decarbonise our sector, but to ensure that collectively, the entire mobility industry, including car travel, is making a contribution” 

TfL has planned consultations to expand the Ultra-Low Carbon emissions around London. This project is part of many challenges the Mayor of London and TfL wish to tackle, such as improving air quality and health, tackling the climate crisis, and reducing travel congestion.  

Thomas commented saying, “this is incredibly exciting; London has a very long-standing tradition of leading the way in different forms of producer charging. For example, the congestion charge in the city center and charging for high emission vehicles. London still has huge challenges around congestion and huge challenges around air quality, so expanding the Ultra-Low Emission Zone feels like a hugely important step.” 

Thomas is speaking on ‘creating a world-class innovation culture in a world-leading transport authority’  at MOVE 2022 and will also be making an appearance on a panel about ‘fostering an ecosystem of public-private partnerships’ alongside London Firsts, Adam Tyndall, and Matthias Mallik from Mercedes Benz.  

‘I’ll be talking about TfL’s long tradition of innovation, and the work we are doing at the moment, to look at innovation in a changing market and a changing landscape that we find ourselves in. Also, how we make sure that TfL maintains that innovation going forward.” 

MOVE is a great opportunity for the mobility industry to come together. Ableman commented: “MOVE is important so that the ecosystem can all balance off each other. We need input from others, and we have things we can share.” 

Our MOVE event will see the topic of public transport arise in various panels/presentations across the course of the two days. We have panels/ presentations on:  

  • ‘Towards a world of zero emission public transport’  
  • ‘How battery tech has evolved from public transport through to commercial vehicles’ 
  • ‘The role of public transport in boosting the economies of future smart cities’  
  • ‘How public transport makes cities more liveable’ 

These are only a few of our incredible items on the agenda that will be appearing alongside Thomas, so make sure you don’t miss out! 

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We caught up with Teague Egan, CEO and Founder of EngergyX, to talk all things lithium

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We had the great pleasure of catching up with Teague Egan, CEO and Founder of EnergyX, to talk about the increasing demand for raw materials and what he will be presenting at MOVE: Mobility Reimagined in June.  

The worlds transition to electric powered vehicles is becoming faster and stronger than ever and with that, the battery tech industry is seeing a huge increase in demand for raw materials, especially lithium. 

“Energy X was a company that I started to try and address the challenges around Lithium supply, lithium being one of the most important battery materials for the electric vehicle revolution,” said Egan.  

“The biggest bottle neck for the electric vehicle transition are the raw materials and batteries. Most of the other parts of cars already exist. It’s the battery that is the major change here in the vehicle. We’ve never needed this big of a battery, or needed this many, so building our infrastructure around those supply chains is becoming ever more important.” 

The demand for lithium has skyrocketed, having increased by 5 or 6 times over the last 10 years and showing no sign of slowing down. Until now, there has not been anywhere near as much demand for lithium and therefore, innovation in production methods is needed now more than ever.  

“There’s still not a commercial direct lithium extraction company out there. The first person that does it is going to see huge success. We are racing towards that finish line,” said Teague.  

Teague will be appearing at MOVE 2022 to talk about ‘The tech that’s overhauling lithium extraction’. Other talks regarding lithium extraction include a presentation by Jeremy Wrathall, CEO of Cornish Lithium, who will be discussing ‘How eco-mining companies are sustainably extracting lithium.’  

“MOVE is going to be an awesome show, you guys have a stella line up, and for me it’s always interesting and fun to meet other people that are working on solving really hard problems.” said Egan  

He continues to say: “I go to these things to learn just as much as anyone else, I certainly have a story to tell, and I hope that I can share some of my knowledge and experiences… To go into these things and meet people from different disciplines, different backgrounds, you just never know when you’re going to get that one idea or meet that one person that’s going to change everything.” 

Developing new lithium extraction technologies is at the forefront of the battery tech revolution and has a significant part to play within the mobility industry. We will have various talks on the topic at MOVE 2022 such as next generation battery technology and the industry’s perspective on battery tech, plus many more. 

To see Teague at our MOVE event in June, get your tickets here:

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