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Lisbon

Our World Mobility Tour: Lisbon, the 2020 European Green Capital

The next stop in our World Mobility Tour is in Lisbon, the 2020 European Green Capital.

Our discussion with Miguel Gaspar, the Deputy Mayor with responsibility for Mobility and Safety, enables us to discover all the mobility aspects and the strategy of this city regarding the mobility topic.

Tue 02/03/21
New PC registrations

European Passenger Car Registrations in 2020: historical global decline but with a huge increase of electrified cars

For obvious reasons, 2020 was not a good year for new car registrations in Europe: plants, dealerships and service workshops forced to close due to lockdowns and other restrictions throughout the year led to an unprecedented yearly drop in passenger car demand which fell by 24.3 %  in Europe  (EU + EFTA + UK) according to the European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA).

Discover more in this article

Fri 12/02/21
AV

Autonomous Vehicles: Cybersecurity, Insurance and Infrastructure

Today's vehicles provide an unprecedented flow of information. Sensors and other sophisticated equipment collect data enabling new mobility applications such as autonomous vehicles (AVs).

It’s fair to believe that AVs will improve road safety and offer unique mobility opportunities. But they are also vulnerable to cyberattacks, glitches and traffic hazards from other road users which will require innovative insurance products and mindset.

This video presents some risks as well as solutions to address those threats and highlights what the future of insurance could look like in an automated world.

Mon 08/02/21
CES 2021

The CES 2021

The annual Consumer Electronics Show took place mid of January as an all-digital version for the first time in its history. No need to precise that this was due to the covid 19 pandemic.
During this event, the key trends highlighted were the following: digital transformation and digital health, robotics and drones, 5 G connectivity, vehicle technology (electrification, self-driving vehicle) and smart cities.
Our focus will be on vehicle technology, transportation, the megatrend of electrification remaining but having seen an acceleration during the pandemic in 2020.

Read more here:

Mon 25/01/21
Safety on our road

Safety and Security on our Roads

Innovations like the airbag, anti-lock braking and traction control have been developed to protect drivers, the passengers and pedestrians on our roads, but is this enough? As the drop in European road-users fatalities plateaus, governments and industry are breaking the mould to save lives.

Discover more in this video

Wed 20/01/21
Tel Aviv center

Our World Mobility Tour: Tel Aviv, the "start-up" city

During this year, we will discover how municipalities are managing the mobility topic in their cities. What is key for them, what kind of infrastructures are developed and how they support all their changes.

We will start our World Mobility Tour with the city of Tel Aviv, the “start-up city”, which leverages its high-tech ecosystem to support its transformation. Our discussion with Meital Lehavi, the Deputy Major with responsibility for Transportation will enable us to discover all these mobility aspects and the vision of this city regarding the mobility topic.

Wed 13/01/21
Smart cities

Mobility in Smart Cities

What is a Smart City?

You will find different definitions of the concept, various Smart City indexes, and different rankings.
From a mobility perspective, a possible definition could be the following:
Thanks to data, infrastructures, connectivity and new technology, Smart Cities want to improve their residents’ quality of life (safety, security, air quality, health are examples) in a sustainable environment, offering efficient public transports, multi modal mobility and working closely with the private sector. Of course, regulations and policies are implemented in order to accommodate these changes. In France, the city of Lyon wants to exclude diesel car by 2026. In the UK, cities will ban ICE vehicles from 2030 and hybrid from 2035. All these decisions will have an impact on mobility modes in the city centers and city dwellers will have to change their habits.

Mon 07/12/20
HMI

The Interface Between Humans and Machines

The idea of the Human Machine Interface (HMI) is as old as the Industrial Revolution. It describes how humans interact with tools, either through switches, voice commands or any other interactive means. The automobile has seen many iterations of HMI throughout the years. Today, AI assistants and near-holographic displays cohabitate with the traditional pedals, steering wheel and gear-lever that have been present since the first car.

Discover more about the barriers, the challenges and the promises related to these various interfaces in this publication.

Fri 13/11/20