FIA Smart Cities Season 4 Activity Report

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The FIA Smart Cities initiative at a Glance


How to Achieve Smart Mobility in Cities?


Season 4 - eForum Key Figures


Going Digital


FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest


FIA Smart Cities Voices


FIA Smart Cities Legacy


FIA Smart Cities eForum - Europe


FIA Smart Cities eForum - Asia-Pacific


FIA Smart Cities eForum - Americas


FIA Smart Cities Leaders eTalk




The rapid spread of COVID-19 has affected our entire urban space, strongly impacting personal mobility with new concerns about health and safety. Many services were temporarily stopped or reduced and the use of alternative modes of transport increased. However, these disruptions are an opportunity for urban mobility actors to assess and rethink public policies in order to transform the way we move around cities for the better. The FIA Smart Cities initiative — created for the benefit of FIA Member Clubs to address and promote key urban mobility challenges and solutions— accompanied stakeholders in building resilient responses during this challenging global context. To do so, the initiative swiftly adapted to hold its Season 4 in a fully digital format, relying on innovative and interactive virtual platforms. Focusing on three regions — Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Americas — the FIA Smart Cities eForums gathered high‑level speakers and key players in smart and sustainable urban mobility to discuss how transport is being reshaped because of COVID-19, what solutions should be adopted to address this new mobility normal, and how to prepare for a smarter future in cities. Taking this one step further, ‘FIA Smart Cities Voices’ was also launched. ‘Voices’ is a video and podcast interview series featuring prominent mobility experts. So far, Professor Carlos Moreno from the Panthéon Sorbonne University, Ian James from the Mercedes‑Benz EQ Formula E Team, and Lluis Puerto, former-Director of the RACC Foundation, have all shared their insights on the future of urban mobility and smart cities. Once again, the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest, also held entirely online, gave visibility to four promising start-ups offering practical and efficient solutions to tackle the main mobility challenges in cities and improve the quality of life in our urban environments. With the support of the start‑up accelerator MassChallenge, the Contest is looking at societal transformations and aims to help start-ups willing to act as game-changers by putting technological innovation at the service of people. As the pandemic made it more difficult for the FIA Community to gather, the FIA Smart Cities initiative offered a great platform for FIA Members to engage, take the floor and learn about recent developments in smart cities. Club representatives from the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, the ÖAMTC (Austria), the Touring & Automóvil Club de Colombia and the RACC Foundation (Spain) featured in this season’s programme and a record number of 67 Club representatives from 35 Clubs attended the eForums. I would like to thank them for their participation and support, as well as the partners of FIA Smart Cities. As we are releasing this report, COVID-19 is still impacting our cities and our everyday lives and it is all the more essential to keep advocating for solutions to make urban mobility safer, cleaner, more inclusive and accessible to all. Now more than ever, city dwellers are concerned about public health issues. It is time to build a more reasoned mobility to ensure safety becomes a core value of all transport systems. The FIA Smart Cities initiative, together with all those who share its goals, will continue to drive that change. I hope you enjoy the journey. Yours sincerely, Jean Todt FIA President

THE FIA SMART CITIES INITIATIVE AT A GLANCE Building the City of the Future, Today According to the United Nations, 68 percent of the global population is set to live in urban areas by 2050. Urban densification will bring about economic activity and social and cultural change. Ensuring that the cities of the future will be navigable and liveable is a primary developmental concern. Launched in 2017, the FIA Smart Cities initiative – and the three pillars around which it is based – aims to ensure that mobility in the cities of tomorrow is safer, cleaner and more accessible for all road users. By bringing together thought-leaders, elected officials, senior representatives from international organisations and the private sector, and FIA Member Clubs, the FIA Smart Cities Forum promotes the development of technologically advanced urban mobility systems that will improve urban standards of living today and tomorrow. In order to help fast-track this sustainable development, the initiative also features two other pillars. The FIA Smart Cities Legacy pillar which looks to build capacity and expertise


for tangible and long-lasting benefits for citizens, and the the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest, powered by international start-up accelerator MassChallenge, which seeks to identify and promote start-ups working on mobility‑focused innovative technologies. The FIA Smart Cities initiative utilises the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship – the FIA’s all electric, urban racing championship – as a unique platform to advance innovations that are being developed in motor sport for their potential application in every day motoring, urban transport, and clean technologies. Supported by special partners such as the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship, ABB, Julius Baer, Michelin, and MassChallenge, the FIA Smart Cities initiative is working to build the city of the future, today.

FORUM High level conference on the future of mobility in cities gathering private and public sectors’ stakeholders online or ahead of Formula E races

GLOBAL START‑UP CONTEST Global contest to support visionary entrepreneurs who foster innovation in urban mobility

LEGACY Building capacity and expertise for tangible and long-lasting outcomes




A smart city is human-centered. It leverages policy, innovation, and connectivity to improve the lives of all its citizens. Combined, these factors can be utilised to achieve safe, accessible, inclusive and sustainable mobility for all.

POLICY Government policy can foster or restrain smart cities. Governments should look to develop a transport policy mix that encourages the safest, most sustainable, inclusive and accessible form of mobility for any given journey.

INNOVATION Information technology, electrification and innovative powertrains, big data and autonomy are some of the trends driving innovative mobility services. New technologies, as well as the willingness for and acceptance of these mobility solutions, can facilitate improved mobility for all.In a smart city, technology and innovation must always be developed in the service of people to reach that target.

CONNECTIVITY SAFETY • Vision Zero • Improved infrastructure • Efficient road safety management


ACCESSIBILITY & INCLUSIVITY • Affordability • Choice • Ease of access

SUSTAINABILITY • Air pollution • Decarbonisation • Urban planning

The collection and analysis of data in real-time allow for improvements in the allocation of resources to ensure that the most appropriate mobility solutions are in place, and in use, at the right time.










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eForum - Asia-Pacific


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World Business Council for Sustainable Development International Transport Forum POLIS Network United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP)


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GOING DIGITAL Keeping the Discussion Going in Times of a Global Crisis As the global pandemic prevented FIA Smart Cities from using its usual in-person platform alongside Formula E events worldwide, the initiative was delivered in a fully digital format for Season 4. An interactive, modern, and user-friendly virtual platform was specifically created with a different design for each of the FIA Smart Cities eForums. Thanks to a live Q&A function, the audience was able to have an engaging experience asking questions to the speakers in real-time. In addition to having access to information about the event and speakers’ biographies, participants had the chance to visit a virtual ‘Expo’ space featuring booths from organisations such as ABB, Julius Baer, the AAA, Mahindra Racing, Mercedes Benz EQ FE team, and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), among others. The FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest was also adapted to meet the new constraints imposed by the pandemic with the 18 finalists pitching their projects to an international jury of mobility experts online on a dedicated platform facilitating interaction and discussions between the jury members. In an ever more virtual world, FIA Smart Cities, an initiative that relies on technological innovation, was able to react quickly and find a way to virtually plan future urban landscapes.







Rewarding Innovation Established to identify, support, and invest in the world’s most innovative and impactful urban mobility companies, the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest features some of the best technological know-how driving the development of technologies that advance safer, cleaner and more accessible mobility solutions in cities. For its fourth season, the Contest was powered by MassChallenge Switzerland and delivered in a fully digital format. The three rounds of the contest focused on three different regions of the world — Europe (April), Asia (May), Americas (July) — with each round featuring six start-ups from the region. Each organisation pitched to a jury of representatives of FIA Smart Cities Partners, FIA Member Clubs, industry and mobility experts who selected one winner. The winners then had the opportunity to present their project to a high-level audience at the eForum dedicated to their region, gaining prime visibility and establishing relationships with FIA Member Clubs, key decision‑makers, and institutional stakeholders. The FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest welcomes entries on key areas of mobility from across the world of new technology, with a particular focus on the Internet of Things, autonomous driving and mobility, smart infrastructure, big data and artificial intelligence, the sharing economy, and digital services.

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WINNERS FROM 4 COUNTRIES fluctuo (France) Commutifi (United States of America) Inmotion Group (Colombia)


Aurassure (India)

> Shared mobility services > Enhanced traffic data analytics tools > Real-time data-measurement > Solutions for better commuting > Sharing for multimodal transportation and environmental conditions




Keeping the Discussion Going in Times of a Global Crisis

Lasting Impact

To share the latest ideas and developments in smart urban transport transformation and to promote sustainable and inclusive mobility through innovation and new technologies, FIA Smart Cities also launched the ‘FIA Smart Cities Voices’, a video and podcast interview series that gives the floor to global mobility experts.

By harnessing the power of connectivity, innovation, and data-driven policy-making, the Legacy pillar of the FIA Smart Cities initiative looks to build capacity and expertise for tangible and long-lasting benefits for citizens.

In 2020, three podcasts were released featuring Scientific Director and Co-Founder of the ETI Chair of the Paris 1 - Panthéon Sorbonne University / IAE Paris-Sorbonne Business School Professor Carlos Moreno, Team Principal and Managing Director of the Mercedes‑Benz EQ Formula E Team Ian James and Director of the RACC Foundation at the time Lluis Puerto.

Innovation Lab Key to the FIA Smart Cities initiative is the platform provided by the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship. Held in the heart of major cities around the world, this cutting-edge racing series brings electric mobility’s transformative potential into sharp focus. At each FIA Smart Cities Forum, participants are offered a behind-the-scenes view of the championship, illustrating how motor sport acts as a hothouse for technological breakthroughs and how racing is driving innovation in road car development. Measuring Smart Cities

The 15-Minute City with Professor Carlos Moreno

Formula E: An Incubator for Tomorrow’s Mobility

Today, over half of the world’s population lives in cities. By 2050, it is estimated that an additional 2.5 billion people will live in megacities and urban regions worldwide. Cities must plan now for sustainable and efficient transportation and mobility that will meet the needs of all future residents. The FIA has developed the Innovative Urban Mobility Platform to help meet these future challenges. By measuring, benchmarking, modelling and simulating current and future urban mobility trends, the FIA is enabling its 245 Member Organisations around the world to ensure a safer, more sustainable and more accessible urban mobility future.

Rethinking Mobility Services





Data is really important but our approach is more important. Data can be rediscovered, reinterpreted. Maybe we have too much data, too much information. Now is the time to think differently by interpreting what we already have. Dr Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum (ITF)




We must ensure freedom for all road users. There is an ongoing need to guarantee that urban transport is multi-modal and interconnected. In this context, we must think in terms of “reasoned mobility.”And, more than ever, safety must be the core value in all transport systems. Jean Todt, President, FIA

In response to the “new normal” created by COVID-19, the Season 4 of the FIA Smart Cities initiative adopted an entirely digital format and started its series of high level eForums with a focus on Europe. Opening the FIA Smart Cities eForum - Europe, FIA President Jean Todt highlighted the challenges and opportunities created by the COVID-19 crisis and encouraged all to think in terms of “reasoned mobility” where “safety must be the core value in all transport systems”. FIA Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism at the time Andrew McKellar shed light upon the way FIA Member Clubs have quickly adapted to the crisis and how they are developing their services to meet consumers’ needs in this new and challenging environment. Invited to give the keynote speech, ÖAMTC Director for Consumer & Member Interests Bernhard Wiesinger mentioned the reduced use of public transport as a direct impact of COVID-19 on mobility. With an improvement in sanitary measures, the Club’s research indicates that a return to normal usage rates is forseeable. The COVID-19 crisis has emphasised the need to increase the resilience of current mobility systems, to improve capacity and space management for people and vehicles, as well as to plan for more efficient coexistence of different transport modes. Cooperation between the public and


private sectors for better integrated multimodal sustainable mobility ecosystems is more necessary than ever. To achieve this, Secretary General of POLIS Network Karen Vancluysen highlighted the need to develop efficient Mobility as a Service (MaaS) platforms and new data sharing approaches. RACC Foundation Director at the time Lluis Puerto talked about the development of ‘City Trips’, the RACC’s MaaS mobile app, and insisted on the fact that foundations should be set to ensure the public/private cooperation observed during the crisis can continue in the future. Director for Mobility of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) Thomas Deloison emphasised the importance of putting in place reliable data governance to lift the barriers that prevent efficient cross‑sectorial data sharing and explained how WBCSD is now working on setting the basis to build that system. He suggested the creation of a framework to foster two essential values of data sharing: trust and the creation of shared value. International Transport Forum (ITF) Secretary-General Dr. Young Tae Kim also insisted on the need to act swiftly in adapting our transport systems, and presented a new approach to post‑confinement mobility that calls on public authorities to “react, reboot, rethink”, with data supporting this idea.

The need for new mobility has not changed and I expect that shared services will increase again and will reach the level they had before the crisis, as soon as cleanliness issues are solved and people do not feel they are taking a risk when using public transportation. Bernard Wiesinger, Director for Consumer & Member Interests, ÖAMTC


WINNER - EUROPE: FLUCTUO PROJECT fluctuo provides shared mobility data services to public stakeholders and private companies with the help of a Data Flow API and ‘City Dive’, a city-centric analytics dashboard offering powerful data insights on the use of these mobility services.

CONTEXT The multiplication of shared mobility services available in cities makes it difficult for public authorities to control growth and assess which services are efficient and necessary. For private companies, it has become challenging to identify which market to launch their services, and once launched, to monitor their performance.

IMPACT ON SMART CITIES Combining innovative data collection methods, algorithms, and a team of mobility experts to produce the most exhaustive and accurate data possible, fluctuo is helping stakeholders handle data and transform it into a single, easy-to-integrate, normalised, real-time data feed for smart mobility across cities.

STRENGTHS fluctuo’s customers and partners range from shared mobility operators to travel/ navigation/map application publishers, mass-transit operators, public transport authorities, and cities. ‘City Dive’ provides powerful data insights for more than 70 European cities. The Data Flow API gives access to accurate data on shared mobility vehicles available in real-time for over 150 operators listed in more than 400 cities.

We have to encourage the emergence and development of shared micro‑mobility services, worldwide. This is the mission of fluctuo. Julien Chamussy, CEO, fluctuo (Mobility Intelligence)





With COVID-19, we don’t know what the legacy will be yet and I think that’s very much true for automated vehicles as well. They will probably reshape our cities but a lot of that still needs to be worked out, and a lot of that is relying on the stage the technology is at. Anne Still, General Manager, Public Policy and Mobility, Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia



Formula E, of course, is a race. It’s a very serious sport but it also has this purpose around addressing climate change and that vision is very much at the core of our product. We use the power of sport to inspire and to tell stories, and climate change is the most important story of our time.


Jamie Reigle, CEO, Formula E Holdings For its second eForum, the FIA Smart Cities initiative focused on Asia-Pacific and looked at how cities are adapting to the new mobility normal created by COVID-19. FIA President Jean Todt welcomed the eForum participants highlighting that the pandemic offers the chance to build a new reality for mobility. FIA Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism at the time Andrew McKellar and Formula E Holdings CEO Jamie Reigle insisted on the approaches needed to address this new mobility normal. In the keynote session, Deloitte Director of Future of Mobility Solution Centre Andrey Berdichevskiy highlighted the tectonic shift from individual transportation to systemic optimisation and presented four potential scenarios for transportation for the next three to five years, depending on the duration and severity of the pandemic, as well as the government’s response. Adapting transport systems and mobility offers to respond to rapidly evolving user concerns has been a key challenge for mobility stakeholders and operators over the last year. Head of ABB’s Global Business for E-mobility Infrastructure Solutions Frank Mühlon recalled that the COVID-19 pandemic heightened environmental awareness and global demand for sustainable transport and that, in this context, electric vehicles and infrastructure can play a crucial role in driving change and innovation. In addition to more sustainable modes of transport, over the past years, the demand for new mobility services had been a crucial trend in the Asia-Pacific market. Frost & Sullivan Industry


Principal for New Mobility Shwetha Surender explained that COVID-19 and the resulting constraints on movement have had a rapid and far-reaching impact on this sector. However, she said that if services are evolving towards greater diversification and flexibility to better respond to shifting customer needs, the demand for shared mobility is expected to continue to grow. The outbreak of COVID-19 and health concerns also had an important impact on the roll-out of autonomous vehicles, with increased demand for autonomous solutions for delivery during lockdowns. Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia General Manager for Public Policy and Mobility Anne Still presented Intellibus, the Club’s autonomous shuttle trial which was a great success and generated strong community endorsement. She highlighted the fact that the magnitude of the long-term effect of this new technology on the mobility landscape still remains unknown but that there is great potential. All panellists agreed on the fact that, as the pandemic continues, guaranteeing safe transport of goods and people is crucial to ensure economic recovery and to support communities. To do so, in addition to innovation, an emphasis on cleaning, safety and more rigorous maintenance regimes is needed. UNESCAP Economic Affairs Officer Madan Regmi explained the need to adopt a holistic approach, to rethink city planning to integrate new mobility concepts and systems, to favour digitalisation whenever relevant and possible, and to facilitate freight transport and delivery of goods.

We identified the future of mobility as one of the tectonic shifts in how organisations work together and how businesses are run because we’ve been going from individual transportation more and more to systemic optimisation. Andrey Berdichevskiyh, Director of Future of Mobility Solution, Deloitte


WINNER - ASIA-PACIFIC: AURASSURE PROJECT Aurassure’s product is based on an IoT-enabled intelligent air quality monitoring system.The system collects and analyses environmental factors through real-time data in India. These findings are publicly available through interactive web services and a mobile app.

CONTEXT The necessity to reduce pollution, diversify the energy mix and fight climate change has become increasingly urgent in urban areas and makes the need for real-time data more important than ever for city authorities as well as for city dwellers who are also increasingly preoccupied with these issues.

IMPACT ON SMART CITIES The platform provides real-time high-resolution environment data to monitor micro-environmental elements. The data empowers the government and city dwellers, enabling them to make informed decisions for optimal health and well‑being, and contributes to the development of more sustainable cities.

STRENGTHS Addressing the challenge of ever-changing global climate, Aurassure has been successful in establishing a comprehensive city-level environmental monitoring sensor network across India.

Aurassure wants to empower and make people aware of the environment and provide a yardstick for cities and governments for sustainable development. Amiya Kumar Samantaray, CEO & Founder, Aurassure





It’s a great opportunity for us to look at what’s going on with the technology that we can utilise to improve our transport and vehicle infrastructure so we can really provide a holistic transportation experience from the first mile to the last mile as well as that in‑between travel so people have different options, so that they can go from a point A to a point B not only efficiently but safely. Dr C. Y. David Yang, Executive Director, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety




The last eForum of the FIA Smart Cities Season 4 gathered urban mobility experts from all sectors to look at how urban mobility can be recalibrated so that it is fit for post-pandemic purpose in the American region. Welcoming the participants of the eForum, FIA President Jean Todt highlighted the challenges raised by COVID-19 in the mobility field and encouraged looking at the opportunities to improve urban mobility solutions. FIA Secretary General for Automobile Mobility and Tourism at the time Andrew McKellar and Formula E Co-Founder and Chief Championship Officer Alberto Longo then gave the eForum’s opening remarks on the key role of innovation for changed urban mobility. During the Keynote session, Fouding Director at the Urban Center for Computation and Data Charlie Catlett talked about the data revolution and the importance of data protection. He also presented the four pillars that make a city smart, as detailed in the City Resilience Framework developed by ARUP:. This includes leadership & strategy, health & well-being, infrastructure & environment, economy & society. As a result of the rapid spread of COVID-19, governments in the Americas have taken quick measures to respond to citizens’ concerns. Touring & Automóvil Club de Colombia General Manager Alfredo Albornoz highlighted the action of the City of Bogota and insisted on two trends that cities in the country now have to address : the rise in the use of personal vehicles and the need for a more comfortable, sustainable, convenient, and safer public transport system for the ever‑increasing suburban population.


Moving to the USA, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety Executive Director Dr C. Y. David Yang insisted on the clear shifts in mobility due to the pandemic. He said that the challenge for cities is to provide adapted facilities not only to accommodate the increasing number of pedestrians and cyclists but also to protect them.

Big data can provide us with the opportunity to learn much more about the roads and mobility, and give us the opportunity to transmit this information to the users. Alfredo Albornoz, General Manager, Touring & Automóvil Club de Colombia

Ensuring that the urban transport models of tomorrow are safer, more efficient and sustainable requires addressing another major challenge: energy. Julius Baer Head of Economics & Next Generation Research Norbert Ruecker explained that, while some argue that the cost of electric vehicles can slow down the electric mobility revolution, this should not be an issue as consumer choices are driven by convenience and the perspective of having “a nice ride” and as better performing electric vehicles are arriving on the market. Shell Vice President, US Energy Transition Strategy Jason Klein explained that, as a major actor in the field of energy supply and production, Shell has been directly impacted by the decarbonisation trend and has been active in meeting the demand of a changing market with increased investments in lower-carbon and renewable energies. Orsay Consulting Managing Director Marc Amblard highlighted that the electric revolution doesn’t seem to be spreading at the same pace around the world with a lower adoption of EVs in the US compared to Europe. He also talked about autonomous driving as one of the four megatrends that have impacted the mobility industry over the last few years with electrification, connectivity, and shared & new mobility solutions.

When you think about cities, you have to think about them not as big amorphous blobs but really cities are just collections of neighbourhoods. Those neighbourhoods do change overtime but there is a remarkable amount of persistence. (…) What you see across cities is that they are heterogeneous and, depending on where you live in the city, you have a very different experience. Charlie Catlett, Founding Director, Urban Center for Computation and Data




Commutifi works on defining an industry standard to quantify commuting solutions using its ‘Commuter Score’.


Inmotion Group is a mobility think lab platform creating technology, products, services, and business models that range from specialised software and IoT sensors to complete vehicle sharing ecosystems. It aims to understand and optimise the mobility of people, companies and cities.

In fast-growing cities, the challenge of making commuting easier and more convenient for users must be addressed efficiently in order to make a city smarter and more liveable.

CONTEXT Access to reliable data plays a key role in making a city smarter and urban mobility more sustainable and accessible and has become increasingly challenging. Inmotion Group realises the challenge and provides mobility solutions to mass transit integration within a single platform.

IMPACT ON SMART CITIES Commutifi empowers companies, real-estate developers and city authorities to make smarter, data-driven decisions regarding the way employees commute to work every day. The ‘Commuter Score’ provides companies with a quantifiable view of their commuting problem through individual and entity-wide commuting scores and helps them encourage commuter behaviour change for the better while maintaining individuals’ freedom of choice.

STRENGTHS The team, with experience in successful companies in North America, aims to help people and companies make more sustainable and efficient choices in terms of mobility. The platform gives access to data on commuting behaviuor and evaluates commuting routes with advanced commuter scoring solutions. It suggests targeted mobility solutions to allow for faster, cheaper, and greener commutes for its users through the ‘score’.




By combining behavioural data with transportation data, we can design programmes that are adaptable and resilient. Esteban Sanchez, Co-founder & CTO, Commutifi

Leveraging on its data analytics algorithms, Inmotion Group identified relevant optimisation areas for commuting experience, budget, and environmental impact. Data has been a key feature of functionality in today’s cities and the platform guides users in “creating a package of solutions to a specific community’s commuting and logistics needs”.

STRENGTHS Inmotion Group uses data analytics algorithms to bring efficiency in mobility systems by aggregating transport services and delivering bespoke solutions to users. It addresses the challenge of acquiring public information and provides solutions in a single platform for all mobility issues.


We are thrilled to announce that we have optimised over 15 million commutes since last year when we started commercial operations. Santiago Pérez Cardona, CEO/CTO, Inmotion Group

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DEFINING A NEW ERA IN URBAN MOBILITY Leading the Discussion About the Future of Smart Cities The FIA Smart Cities Leaders eTalk, hosted on 18 November 2020 on the Smart City Live 2020 online platform of the Smart City World Expo Congress, concluded the Season 4 of the FIA Smart Cities initiative. Gathering speakers from Formula E CEO Jamie Reigle, ABB R&D and Marketing Manager for Smart Cities and Solutions Marija Zima-Bockarjova, Member of the Executive Board and Head of Region America at Julius Baer Beatriz Sanchez, and RACC Foundation Director at the time Lluis Puerto, the Leaders eTalk provided insights on how the power of innovation can be leveraged to promote efficient and reliable smart cities solutions for a post‑pandemic world.

FIA SMART CITIES PARTNERS The ABB FIA Formula E World Championship is the electric street racing series and the world’s first fully-electric international single-seater category in motor sport. Formula E brings intense and unpredictable racing to some of the world’s most recognisable and progressive cities. The concept of Formula E is to act as a platform to test and develop road-relevant technologies, helping refine the design and functionality of components and infrastructure — actively speeding up the transition and uptake of electric vehicles on a global scale.

ABB is a leading technology company that energises the transformation of society and industry to achieve a more productive, sustainable future. As a global leader in e-mobility solutions, ABB chose to support FIA Smart Cities with the aim of contributing to the dialogue on sustainable urban mobility.

The leading Swiss private banking group is the founding Global Partner of the ABB FIA Formula E World Championship and is also a pioneering partner of the FIA Smart Cities initiative. Julius Baer’s Next Generation philosophy revolves around an exploration of the global megatrends set to affect our lives in years to come, one of which is the future of mobility. By working closely with the FIA, Julius Baer supports the development of alternative mobility solutions.

Michelin promotes sustainable mobility for everyone not only through its products and services but also through Movin’On, the world’s leading co-innovation ecosystem that brings together the major players in sustainable mobility to provide concrete solutions and innovations to make mobility safer, more sustainable, more inclusive and more efficient. Inspired and created by Michelin, the main levers of action of Movin’On are its think and do tank “Movin’On LAB”, its Global annual Summit for sustainable mobility “Movin’on Summit”, and other events as FIA Smart Cities.

MassChallenge is a global network of zero-equity start-up accelerators. Headquartered in the United States with locations in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Rhode Island, Switzerland, and Texas, MassChallenge is committed to strengthening the global innovation ecosystem by supporting high‑potential start-ups across all industries, from anywhere in the world. The FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest, powered by MassChallenge, is a multi-location competition which aims to identify and support the most innovative and impactful start-ups, that have the power to revolutionise urban mobility.