Image by Alena Klímová (CIVINET Czech and Slovak Republics)
Innovative, sustainable mobility-focused start-ups from Czechia, Slovakia, Israel and Spain inspired representatives from Czech and Slovak municipalities and other urban mobility stakeholders at the Urban Mobility Incubation Workshop. The event was held at the Impact Hub in Brno (Czechia) on 6 December 2022.
Young and experienced professionals of the start-ups also intrigued attending regional authorities, mobility and urban planning companies, NGOs and others. The following start-ups showcased their innovative mobility solutions:
- Tirn Technology: Software to simulate different traffic scenarios, allowing the user to compare and verify the deployment of different bus models to predict charging requirements, total costs, or their carbon footprint
- Tunnll: On-demand bus services (responsive transit) allowing each existing operator in a small city to serve many more passengers with the same buses and drivers
- RoadTwin: An artificial intelligence traffic management platform that helps prevent traffic jams by managing them just before they start to form
- eParkomat: Real-time parking space prediction technology
- ITC: A web application that allows transport modelling using a server-based solution in a way that city or regional representatives can easily test different traffic scenarios themselves in seconds
- CITYA: Shared rides on demand for affordable yet sustainable commuting between the suburbs and the city centre
Representatives of the Municipality of Říčany shared their positive experience of cooperation with start-ups, implementation of innovative solutions in the field of public transport and promotion of cycling from the city's perspective. Many other public authorities in the audience were triggered by this best practice city and became engaged in a lively conversation with the Representatives of the Municipality of Říčany.
In addition, the CIVITAS Initiative, the regional network CIVINET Czech and Slovak Republics and EIT Urban Mobility were presented. The Smart Cities Klub from Slovakia shared their interesting experience of how to change attitudes towards urban mobility.
This event aspired to prepare mobility authorities and other stakeholders for an accelerated shift towards sustainable mobility. About 40 participants made use of the opportunity to meet other mobility stakeholders and to discuss inspiring sustainable urban mobility solutions. This Urban Mobility Incubation Workshop was organized by the CIVITAS Initiative, with local support from the CIVINET Czech and Slovak Republics and EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub East. The workshop aimed to provide local authorities and other mobility stakeholders with knowledge, tools and methods that can be used to develop successful mobility interventions that are acceptable, financially viable, legally possible, self-sufficient in the long run and increase the quality of life in cities.
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Authors: Uli Lerche, Breda University of Applied Sciences, Alena Klímová, CIVINET Czech and Slovak Republics