A full innovation cycle partnership of 20 core KIC partners and 77 associated partners, via the eseia membership, will tackle urban mobility issues and promote the health, welfare and quality of life of the European people
written by Daria Delnevo
The health, welfare and quality of life of the European citizen lie at the core of the KIC Urban Mobility proposal wemove2zero eseia submitted on 12 July 2018, presenting a full innovation cycle partnership of 77 associated partners, 20 of which core partners and 57 under the eseia umbrella. Aiming for a future where the urban environment is pollution free, wemove2zero addresses the citizens’ needs and desires, and the root causes of current urban-mobility issues. The expected result? Citizens who are able to walk to work and who are surrounded by green spaces where they can exercise, learn, walk their pets, relax, and spend time with their families and friends. In other words, socialise without worrying of getting sick because of exhaust emissions. Not only. wemove2zero aims at making longer-distance mobility fully on demand, multi-modal, inexpensive, frictionless, and personalised. This in turn will require changes in the planning of European cities, to ensure greater open and flexible spaces, where everyone, disabled and elderly included, can move around effortlessly.
At the origin of urban mobility issues, wemovetozero identified the persistent fragmentation of mobility service providers and infrastructure; the lack of a coherent policy between urban planning and city service, as well as of a unified economic model to match citizen needs; and the need for qualified professionals who can keep up with the fast technological innovation. In order to solve them, wemove2zero will be founded as a holding company with a Hub coordinated by eseia, in Graz, Austria, and 3 initial Co-Location Centres (CLCs) in Northern Europe (Tallin, Estonia), Central Europe (Graz) and Eastern Europe (Brasov, Romania). wemove2zero expects to generate two additional spin-out CLCs in Northern Europe (Dublin, Ireland) and the South-Western Europe (Lisbon, Portugal) in the coming year, and become operational in 2021.
wemove2zero KIC will work to align and bring closer education, research, and entrepreneurship thanks to experts from a wide range of sectors from ICT to logistics, automotive, urban-transport organizations, food, banking, science museums, and the arts. The KIC consortium partners are located in 17 EU countries and in China. Its close connection to the network of Urban Mobility Labs in Europe, wich give unique contribution in bridging the gap between innovation and deployment.