Mobility project received a budget of six million

IMG 2734amLocal authorities, researchers and companies want to change!

The goal is ambitious: to transform radically urban mobility in Portugal. This is what they propose a diverse set of entities, 46 in total, through the Mobility System User Centered (TICE.Mobilida-of). Among them the Instituto Pedro Nunes, the University of Coimbra, Carris, Metro do Porto, Guimarães or the Board of the Centre for Excellence and Innovation in Automobile Industry.

With an overall budget of six million - the project is financed 80% by the NSRF - the TICE want to be a reality now, within three years, and has two main focuses: the user and the participating companies. If the first is intended to provide mobility systems in close proximity, lower cost, more pleasant travel, as if the seconds-the idea is another. You give them the oppor-tunity to use innovative technology that allows them to develop more competitive products and led to the global market. We are talking about, for example, mobility systems for autonomous vehicles or bike-sharing.

The financial impact of the project, although not calculated, it will be, of course, positive. "Right now we do not have concrete figures on the financial impact that the project will have, business to business," says one of the VE researchers TICE, Carlos Bento. "What is clear is that more than 20 participating companies are focused on defining how this project will leverage the turnover, as well as strengthen its internationalization strategy," he adds.

The whole initiative is still in study phase.

"Having the starting a business model that was developed for the project, this is now to be detailed or as regards the technology platform that will be available for either

services that will be designed for users and makers of mobility, "explains Carlos Bento.

 The creation of skilled jobs

Such a project will also generate new ideas and new jobs and highly skilled. At least this is what we said Carlos Bento. "Hold on mind that this project will generate new jobs at a level where it is most important, namely in the field of highly qualified technicians, generating high added value," he says. And it is true that by now, people still prefer private transport, the authors of TICE expect the initiative will serve to change habits. "We want people to start to use more public transport not because they afford to do otherwise, but because really, this seems like an attractive alternative," states Carlos Bento. The researcher pointed out aspects such as ease of use, the information at hand about the system of mobility, ease of payment, a good understanding of the tariff. And not least, environmental sustainability and energy that represent public transport.

 

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At Ambiente Online

Date: 02-2011