Innovation is what pushes the development of urban mobility forward. We can see the changes every day

There has never been a more vital part to the development of the urban mobility than innovation. From the invention of the wheel to mass production of cars, innovation moves us forward every day and helps us overcome even the problems that we are facing today. What exactly are the challenges of urban mobility in the 21st century? And how can the bright minds make their ideas become reality? Let's find out in the new episode of the Urban Mobility Podcast brought to you in collaboration of INFO.CZ and the EIT Urban Mobility.

Have you ever wondered how would the traffic look like if there were no traffic lights at almost every crossroad? Today we take them for granted, but do you realise that the invention of traffic lights is over a hundred years old? Without innovation, maybe we will still be riding horse driven carriages today. “Innovation is constantly changing our lives and we see that everyday,” says Marian Nič, the innovation life cycle officer at the EIT Urban Mobility Innovation Hub East adding that the way of living in the cities has changed significantly in the last century, but also technologies helping us overcome the daily struggles of urban living have gone a long road. “When we look at our changing environment, we can see three different topics. The first is digital transformation, the second is the mindset shift that the digital transformation brought us and the third is the regulation of a sustainable environment,” explains Nič.

Urban mobility is a global challenge. How will we move in our cities in the future?

There are many ways how the innovators of today can make it big and bring their ideas to life on a global scale. The EIT Urban Mobility community constanly helps them to achieve these goals. One of the partners in this process is also Prague based PowerHUB, which is a multipurpose institution focusing on incubation and accelaration of startups, helping with financing and funding, providing legal suport and administration and also networking within the community and organising various events. “We analyse the needs of the startups and then look into our pool of mentors and match their knowledge with the needs of the startups. We provide training program, we can help with applying to another programs and to connect with other companies across Europe and not only Europe. Over five hundred startups have already gone through our programs,” says Toufik Dallal, leader of the EIT Urban Mobility program at PowerHUB.

World's cities are changing. Contribution of research and academic institutions is vital to make the most of the change

Maybe you are one of the bright minds full of solutions to the modern challenges. If so, don't hesistate to connect with the EIT Urban Mobility and start turning your ideas into reality.

EIT Urban Mobility, an initiative of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), aims to accelerate solutions and the transition towards a user-centric, integrated, and truly multimodal transport system. As the leading European innovation community for urban mobility, EIT Urban Mobility works to avoid fragmentation by facilitating collaboration between cities, industry, academia, research, and innovation to solve the most pressing mobility challenges of cities. Using cities as living labs, its industry, research, and university partners will demonstrate how new technologies can work to solve real problems in real cities by transporting people, goods, and waste in smarter ways.

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