SEASON 3 ACTIVITY REPORT
TABLE OF CONTENTS Foreword
The FIA Smart Cities initiative at a Glance
What is a Smart City?
Season 3 - Key Figures
The FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest
The FIA Smart Cities Award
On-Track Experience and Exclusive Access
FOREWORD TOWARDS A SMARTER FUTURE Urbanisation is a major global development trend. In many ways, it is a hallmark of our times, bringing about significant change. Mobility in particular is going through a marked period of transformation. With urban densification comes new challenges and opportunities for people to get to where they need to go. To address this global phenomenon, the FIA established its Smart Cities initiative three years ago, using its unique position at the crossroads of Mobility and Sport to advocate for an urban mobility future that is safer, cleaner and more accessible to all. Three years on, this initiative continues to gain momentum gathering key mobility stakeholders in a unique environment, using the Formula E urban racing series as a showcase for innovation. For this third season, the FIA Smart Cities Forum – the knowledge generation and experience-sharing platform of the initiative – was held in three locations: Mexico City, Hong Kong and Rome. Visiting the Asia-Pacific region for the first time, the Forum has seen some of the highest attendance rates since its creation, proving not only that our message is reaching a broader public, but also consolidating the FIA as a key player in this field. The strong content that was on offer played a key part in ensuring the success of this season. High-level speakers, including the Mayors of Brussels and Rome, as well as numerous other thought-leaders and senior representatives from international organisations and the mobility industry took the floor to share their experience and views on the future of mobility. Keynote and panel sessions were the occasion to focus on solutions and provide insights on Autonomous Vehicles, Mobility as a Service, big data, drones, traffic management, last-mile logistics, and numerous disruptive technologies that are changing mobility patterns. This third season was also an opportunity for the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest to begin a new collaboration with start‑up accelerator MassChallenge. The strength and quality of the start-ups that took part in this year’s contest has been notable and we look forward to this collaboration reaping valuable rewards in the seasons to come. Likewise, the FIA Smart Cities Award has seen Sciences Po students undertake an evaluation of the city of Rome using indicators developed by United Smart Cities, a United Nations supported initiative. Their key findings and conclusions can be found later in this report. Of critical importance has been the engagement of FIA Member Clubs in this season’s programme. Club representatives from OMDAI (Mexico), AAHK (Hong Kong), and ACI (Italy) all participated in their local Forum, providing the audience with information about how their Club is working to meet the demands of all road users. I thank them, and the Formula E team for their participation and support. Urbanisation will continue for the foreseeable future, with cities becoming increasingly dense. The societal change that will accompany this is in many ways uncertain, but I am confident that with the rapid rate at which technological innovation is occurring, there is great opportunity to improve the quality of life in our urban environments. The FIA Smart Cities initiative, together with those who share our vision, will work towards these goals. With best wishes, 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 Award evaluates urban mobility initiatives of cities, while the FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest, powered by international start-up accelerator MassChallenge, seeks to identify and promote start-ups working on mobility-focused innovative technologies. The FIA Smart Cities initiative utilises the ABB FIA Formula E 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 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 sectorsâ€™ stakeholders ahead of FIA Formula E rounds
GLOBAL STARTâ€‘UP CONTEST Global contest to support visionary entrepreneurs who foster innovation in urban mobility
AWARD Distinction rewarding innovative city initiatives on urban mobility
WHAT IS A SMART CITY? INNOVATION POLICY
• Vision Zero • Improved infrastructure • Efficient road safety management
• Cost • Choice • Ease of access
• Air pollution • Decarbonisation • Urban planning
A smart city leverages policy, innovation, and connectivity to improve the lives of its citizens. Combined, these factors can be utilised to achieve safe, accessible 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 and most accessible form of mobility for any given journey.
INNOVATION Information technology, electrification, 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.
CONNECTIVITY The collection and analysis of data in real-time allow for an improvements in the allocation of resources to ensure that the most appropriate mobility solutions are in place, and in use, at the right time.
SEASON 3 KEY FIGURES FORUM PARTICIPANTS
DISTRIBUTION PER SECTOR 60% Private Sector 22% Public Sector 18% Non Profit
Mexico City Hong Kong Rome
FORMULA E REPRESENTATIVES
FIA CLUBS & HIGH-LEVEL REPRESENTATIVES
> Founders > Drivers > Teams
MEMBERS OF PUBLIC AUTHORITIES
G erman Marshall Fund International Transport Forum U nited Smart Cities Program U nited Nations Environment Programme W orld Economic Forum
5 > > > > >
Formule E ABB Julius BÃ¤r Michelin MassChallenge
>H ong Kong Productivity Council and Automotive Parts and Accessory System R&D Centre > MIT > World Resources Institute Mexico
INTERNATIONAL ORGANISATIONS > > > > >
ACADEMIC INSTITUTIONS/ RESEARCH INSTITUTE
> Mayors > Elected representatives > Managers and Heads of transport and mobility departments (Seleta & Iain)
> > > > > >
ABB Acronis Airbus BOMA Canada Cabify CBMM
PRIVATE SECTOR REPRESENTATIVES
> DHL > DigitalGlobe, Inc. > Emerging Transport Advisors > Julius Baer
> Mercedes-Benz Italia > Michelin Group > Navya > Smart Charge (HK) Limited
> T-Systems Mexico >V olvo Buses Mexico >W aze Mexico
THE FIA SMART CITIES GLOBAL START-UP CONTEST Rewarding Innovation Established to identify, support, and invest in the worldâ€™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 third season, the Contest was powered by MassChallenge Switzerland. For each FIA Smart Cities Forum, six start-ups pitched to a jury of mobility experts who selected one winner. The winner then had the opportunity to present their project to a high-level audience at the Forum, gaining prime visibility and establishing relationships with FIA Member Clubs, key decisionmakers, and institutional stakeholders. Participating start-ups also benefitted from an acceleration programme led by MassChallenge Switzerland, with a unique opportunity to access a network of relevant corporate partners of both the FIA and MassChallenge networks. 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.
KEY FIGURES ON THE CONTEST
WINNERS FROM 3 COUNTRIES
Parknav NOHMs Technologies (United States of America) Urbvan (Mexico)
KEYS AREAS OF FOCUS:
> Internet of Things > Autonomous driving and mobility > Smart infrastructure, big data, and
artificial intelligence, > The sharing economy > Digital services
THE FIA SMART CITIES AWARD: CAPSTONE PROJECT ON MOBILITY IN ROME Helping to Keep Cities Moving As mobility demands within cities grow exponentially, planners are becoming more innovative in the solutions they bring to foster safe, efficient, intelligent and integrated transport. All too often, however, the positive results achieved by local programmes remain a success story known only to those at work in the city itself. In 2017, with the creation of the FIA Smart Cities Award, the FIA aimed to shed light on the smartest mobility solutions, spread knowledge and share best practice on the global stage. The third edition of the Award focuses on an integral study of urban mobility in the city of Rome. In partnership with Sciences Po Paris university, the report provides an overview of Rome’s urban mobility statistics, focusing on the city’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan (PUMS) and its objectives. This study uses the United Smart Sustainable Cities’ Key Performance Indicators (UN KPIs) to assess the PUMS and ongoing mobility-related programmes. Recommendations based on interviews with key private and public stakeholders, evaluation of results and a benchmarking of other global cities further complemented the analysis.
KEY FINDINGS RECOMMENDATIONS ON SUSTAINABLE MOBILITY FOR THE CITY OF ROME
Regulate micro-mobility services
Implement wayfinding systems
Implement safe mobility for children
Implement accessible routes for people with reduced mobility
Promote transit-oriented development
Promote clean on-demand bus services in the metropolitan area
Implement road safety street design
Encourage the use of electric cars
Reduce car use through parking space management
Implement bicycle-oriented policies
Change peopleâ€™s preference for private cars
Upgrade the existing public transport network
ON-TRACK EXPERIENCE AND EXCLUSIVE ACCESS Full Speed into the Future Key to the FIA Smart Cities initiative is the platform provided by the ABB FIA Formula E Championship. Held in the heart of major cities around the world, the cutting-edge racing series brings electric mobility’s transformative potential into sharp focus. At each FIA Smart Cities Forum, participants are afforded a behind-the-scenes view of the championship to see how motor sport acts as a hothouse for technological breakthroughs and how the sport is driving innovation in road car development. As part of this experience, FIA Smart Cities attendees have the opportunity to take part in track tours, gain exclusive access to team garages, watch the Formula E Shakedown, and visit the enthralling E-Village entertainment area.
We were convinced that what we wanted to bring to a city was not only a race. The race is the excuse for everything else that we build around it. We created Formula E to help change. Alejandro Agag, Founder, CEO, and newly appointed Chairman, Formula E Holdings
We try to take some of the ideas that we have from racing and take those into the city and think about things such as ‘How could we save energy in buses?’, ‘Can we use ideas from energy management in race cars and take the same ideas over to the road, into the real world?’. Maybe it is actually only changing attitudes sometimes. Mark Preston, Team Principal, Techeetah Formula E Team
MEXICO CITY MEASURING SMART MOBILITY 15 FEBRUARY 2019
Mobility is constantly evolving. Thanks to technology and the immediacy of information, we, as actors of this change, are ready to move towards a smarter, more inclusive and sustainable mobility with confidence and determination. JosĂŠ Abed, OMDAI President and FIA Vice-President for Sport
ESTABLISHING A FRAMEWORK FOR SMART EVALUATION Two years after its launch in Mexico City, the FIA Smart Cities initiative returned to the Mexican capital for another successful Forum focusing on measurement and evaluation methods, and the role of Public Private Partnerships (PPPs) in shaping smart and innovative urban policies and services. Opening the Forum, OMDAI President and FIA Vice‑President for Sport José Abed hailed the success of the initiative emphasizing why such events are key for cities and Mobility Clubs. “After two years of success, and the first Forum organised here in Mexico, FIA Smart Cities has become a platform for global cooperation.” Former President of Mexico and FIA Environment and Sustainability Commission President, Felipe Calderón, also highlighted the necessity to focus on users’ need when shaping public policies and emphasised on the sustainable mobility agenda at the heart of the Smart Cities philosophy. For many cities in Latin America, electrification and decarbonisation of vehicle fleets is an on-going concern. The Opening Panel of the Forum gave the floor to city officials who discussed strategies and best-practices in this area. In Mexico City for example, local authorities are looking to reduce carbon emissions through a range of traditional and innovative new measures. This includes expansion and further development of mass transit systems, as well as promotion of e-mobility.
The implementation of this transition will require assessment and evaluation of indicators for smart mobility. For Kari Eik, the Secretary General of the Organization for International Economic Relations, and Co-founder and Executive Program Director of the United Smart Cities Program, cooperation between the public and private sectors is critical in achieving this. During her keynote – ‘Measuring Smart Cities Indicators’ – she highlighted the strategic vision of the United Smart Cities, “Our strategy is building on our holistic United Smart Cities framework to work on concrete city solutions and projects together, and push new and improved models for Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs)”. For Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation, PPPs are a step in the right direction, but are only part of the solution. For Reynolds, “urban mobility is in the midst of an exciting era of disruption and unprecedented opportunity for creativity and innovation, but companies who focus on the technology, to the exclusion of how it will integrate into the cities it serves, run the risk of duplicating the mistakes of the past. Our interest is to aggressively create new places for partnership, both inside and outside government.” Concrete examples of this were given during the following two panel sessions, which brought together private sector organisations and international institutions.
Sustainable mobility requires public policies to be centered on people who move and travel from one place to another, rather than vehicles.Â Felipe CalderĂłn, Former President of Mexico, FIA Environment and Sustainability Commission President
A Smart City is a place that is future-guiding, welcomes innovation but also makes sure that it solves real problems. Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation
WINNER IN MEXICO CITY: URBVAN PROJECT Urbvan provides a demand-driven shuttle service operating on a network of express routes in Mexico City, all through a mobile app.
CONTEXT In Mexico City, the average time spent commuting is about 2.5 hours. In addition, public transportation is often perceived as not sufficiently safe and efficient. Urbvan offers a daily commute transportation system with strategic routes and executive vans, aiming to make commuting in Mexico more efficient, secure and comfortable.
IMPACT ON SMART CITIES Urbvan makes daily commuting safer and more accessible in one of the world’s busiest and most congested cities.
STRENGTHS The team, with experience in successful companies in Mexico, provides a well‑patronised service to clients, both with their advanced technology and their customised service.
Collecting and analysing the data for us is key to create the routes and improve user experience. Thanks to efficient data management we are able to deliver a better solution for commuting. Renato Picard, Urbvan
FIA SMART CITIES IN MEXICO CITY
HONG KONG DISRUPTIVE TECHNOLOGIES 9 MARCH 2019
We are grateful that the FIA is running this Forum to enhance synergy between technology and mobility, which represents the future of the automotive industry. Ringo Lee President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association
CHARTING A PATH TOWARDS THE URBAN MOBILITY REVOLUTION Drones, driverless cars, automated technologies, new mobility services — ground-breaking technologies are changing the way we move in the urban environment. This edition of the Forum – which focused on disruptive technologies – looked at how cities are adapting to this new mobility paradigm and how they can embrace this evolution. To open the Forum, Ringo Lee, President of the Hong Kong Automobile Association, commented on the long-lasting impact of events such as the FIA Smart Cities Forum which encourages tightening the link between technological development and new mobility solutions. Dr David Chung, Under-Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong SAR Government, also highlighted the role of exchange platforms to promote innovation and technology and welcomed the Forum’s first appearance in Asia. Reshaping urban mobility requires the development and implementation of new transport modes and infrastructure. By 2040, it is estimated that two-thirds of the world’s population will be concentrated in urban areas with 90% of this growth predicted to take place in Asia
and Africa. During her keynote presentation, Marija Zima, Research Team Manager of Power and Energy Systems for ABB, commented on this challenge. “We cannot forget about this rapid growth of the population. Infrastructure development will have to be done faster and smarter.” Iain McBeth, Head of Foresight, Transport for London, highlighted the role of the public sector in fostering technological developments focusing on user need, safeguarding cities from uncontrolled application of technologies, and building confidence in new transport solutions. The necessity for sustainable mobility solutions to build consumer confidence was reiterated by Michael Lin from the Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology’s (MIT) Persuasive Electric Vehicles. Patrick Walker, Executive General Manager of Advocacy and Members at the Royal Automobile Club of Western Australia, presented the innovative autonomous shuttle project the Club had been running, “The dream is safe, clean, affordable mobility, but we need a holistic approach in the way we design our cities.” he said.
This is the first time this Forum is being held in Asia, so we are very pleased to participate and to help drive innovation and show how it can change people’s lives. Dr David Chung, Under-Secretary for Innovation and Technology of the Hong Kong SAR Government
We have a 25-year vision for a zero carbon London. Our role is to safeguard Londoners and make sure whatever comes is fundamentally safe, and also something the public will accept. It can’t be tech for tech’s sake. Iain McBeth, Head of Foresight, Transport for London
WINNER IN HONG KONG: NOHMS TECHNOLOGIES PROJECT NOHMs Technologies, Inc. products improve life, safety, and cost of batteries through the use of innovative electrolytes.
CONTEXT Electrolyte touches every other component in the battery cell, and new more durable electrolyte technology is needed for electric vehicles, consumer electronics, and grid energy storage batteries to ensure they run longer, faster, safer and more affordably.
IMPACT ON SMART CITIES The promotion of the electric mobility revolution is at the core of the FIA Smart Cities initiative and can only be achieved with the development of long lasting, low cost, and non-flammable batteries. NOHMs is determined to contribute to this evolution with their custom electrolyte solutions for automotive and mobile device products.
STRENGTHS NOHMs is a global company working with leading manufacturers in the US, the EU and Asia to transform product design by eliminating battery safety and performance trade-offs. Pilot manufacturing has already begun, and they plan to start full-scale production in 2020.
It was a wonderful experience presenting at the Forum. It was an excellent panel of experts who were judging the competition and the quality of the other start-ups that presented was really good too. It was great to see such a diversity of products and people at the event. Nathan Ball, Founder, Board Member and CEO, NOHMs Technologies, Inc.
WINNER IN HONG KONG: MOOVAZ PROJECT Moovaz uses technology to ensure transparency, efficiency, and convenience for clients during their relocation experience.
CONTEXT The platform is built on one significant transformational insight: when it comes to relocating, there is little visibility over the entire process, amplified by the lack of open communication and transparency within the industry. Unpacking this insight made Moovaz realise that a huge opportunity exists to radically simplify and improve the operational model of relocation services.
IMPACT ON SMART CITIES Leveraging on smart technology and backed by a global network of over 2,000 certified partners, Moovaz harnesses the power of big data and machine learning to enhance the operational efficiency of the relocation process.
STRENGTHS Moovaz addresses the challenge of global mobility and relocation from one city to another by providing an all-encompassing, all-in-one relocation service.
The plan is to discover the solutions a little bit quicker, but ultimately everything has to be grounded in reality and practicality, and we work together with big corporations to figure this out and test if. Junxian Lee, CEO & Co-founder, Moovaz
ROME LEADING THE NEW MOBILITY TRANSITION 12 APRIL 2019
All of us here have a vision, and today, with events such as Formula E, we can touch this vision because we can show it is real and possible. Virginia Raggi, Mayor of Rome
BUILDING MOMENTUM FOR A SMARTER URBAN FUTURE The FIA Smart Cities Forum returned to Rome to cap off a third successful season of high-level conferences. Gathering a diverse group of stakeholders, the Forum looked at how public and private actors can lead the new mobility transition. The Forum opened with an introduction by Alejandro Agag, Founder, CEO and newly appointed Chairman of Formula E Holdings, who highlighted how the innovations deployed in this championship can change the way we move in urban environments. As the voice of Italian motorists, Massimo Ruffilli, Vice-President of the Automobile Club d’Italia (ACI), affirmed that throughout Italy, the Club is supporting the adoption of new mobility solutions. Public policies are key to the successful implementation of technological innovations and at this Forum, the Mayors of both Rome and Brussels were present to provide insights on this topic. For Philippe Close, Mayor of Brussels, cooperation is crucial, “For me, the 21st century is the century of exchange and experience. I think with the different Mayors of the world we can exchange about Mobility because we all face the same problems.” For Virginia Raggi, Mayor of Rome, the focus should also be on building consumer confidence in new technologies, with FIA Championships such as Formula E being a clear illustration of this.
Timothy Papandreou, Founder of Emerging Transport Advisors, shared his opinion on evolving demographics and its impact on mobility, “More and more people are moving to cities and there’s physically no way we can move everybody around in the future if everybody has his own car”. David Zipper, Resident Fellow, Urban and Regional Policy at the German Marshall Fund, explained how Mobility as a Service (MaaS) can play an important role in updating transport systems, “The idea behind MaaS is to knit together all the new mobility services that have exploded in the past 10 years so you can actually get from wherever you are in the city to where you want to go through any of these services.” Panel sessions addressed the challenge of finding a balance between traditional and new modes of mobility, and adopting appropriate innovative solutions to meet user demand. Erik Grab, Vice-President Strategic Anticipation, Innovation & Sustainable Development for Michelin Group, insisted on the necessity to make the most of platforms such as the FIA Smart Cities Forum to make the urban mobility transition a reality, “We have to learn how to work in a diverse ecosystem, gathering together key stakeholders. It’s time to go from a ’think tank’ to a ‘do tank’.”
We have to start somewhere. Each city should look at the infrastructure they have right now, and try to make it more efficient, more effective, and then add technologies that make sense. Basic things like footpaths and traffic lights need to go in first, but if everything else is in place, cities can jump to autonomous.”s. Timothy Papandreou, Founder of Emerging Transport Advisors
As an Automobile Club we are very much engaged and attentive to technological development and advances. Massimo Ruffilli, Vice-President of the Automobile Club d’Italia
WINNER IN ROME: PARKNAV PROJECT Parknav uses artificial intelligence to know where there is open on-street parking in real-time.
CONTEXT It is the only scalable solution that uses zero hardware/sensors and works for every street in a city, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, for all types of on-street parking (free, metered and permit).
IMPACT ON SMART CITIES Parknav can be used to increase parking efficiency, providing road users with up-to-date information on parking availability.
STRENGTHS Parknav is available in over 240 cities across the United States and Europe. It also provides the best street parking solution for businesses and their customers.
We believe that our technology is going to revolutionise the world and being on the same platform as Formula E, which is the revolution in terms of racing with electric cars, in front of an audience, and getting exposure on a global stage, itâ€™s everything a start-up could wish for. Jeremy Leval, Director of Product, Partner, Parknav
FIA SMART CITIES IN ROME
EVER Monaco On 10 May 2019, Monaco welcomed a high-level panel discussion on Sustainable Urban Mobility organised on the occasion of EVER Monaco and the Formula E race. H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco, FIA President Jean Todt, Founder and CEO, and newly appointed Chairman of Formula E Holdings Alejandro Agag, Secretary General of the Organization for International Economic Relations Kari Eik and Formula E Driver for Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Lucas di Grassi discussed the development of mobility in smart cities, as well as the role of new technologies and other actionable solutions that can help address pressing challenges in todayâ€™s urban environments.
GreenTech Festival On 23 May 2019, the FIA participated in the GreenTech Festival, taking place on the occasion of the Formula E Race in the former Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. In his keynote speech on “Innovations in Road Safety”, FIA President Jean Todt talked about the innovation transfer from track to road, coming from FIA Championships, and the creation of new financial instruments to close the significant funding gap for road safety. The involvement of the FIA was also featured through an FIA Smart Cities session. From innovative creators and accelerators of mobility start-ups to Formula E partners, this session hosted an interactive panel discussion which was then followed by pitch presentations of three competitive start-ups selected during the 2019 FIA Smart Cities Global Start-Up Contest.
Movin’On Summit At the invitation of Michelin – a founding partner of the FIA Smart Cities initiative – the FIA was strongly involved in this year’s Movin’On Summit taking place in Montreal from 4-6 June. On the main Forum stage, FIA President Jean Todt spoke about how technological innovations, increased connectivity, and social change are shaping new forms of mobility. Following this, the Fédération organised an interactive panel discussion on the role of new mobility services to foster safe, sustainable and accessible cities. The Movin’On Summit was also an opportunity to hear from FIA Members, the Canadian Automobile Association and the CAA’s Quebecois Club who spoke about an ongoing research project into social acceptability and road sharing behaviour towards Autonomous Vehicles.
FIA SMART CITIES PARTNERS The ABB FIA Formula E 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.
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. ABB shares its extensive experience in digitalisation in transportation & infrastructure to drive innovative technology development and encourage FIA Smart Cities stakeholders to work collaboratively towards a sustainable future.
The leading Swiss private banking group is the founding Global Partner of the ABB FIA Formula E 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 the think and do tank “Mobility Open Lab” and its international event “Movin’on”, the annual coming together in the global mobility eco-system, 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 hihg‑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.