During Day 2, Nov 20, the MobiGoIn-Action network was invited to take part in the Imagine Mobility Meetings organized by Mov’eo, in partnership with Ravi and Paris Region Entreprises. Imagine Mobility Meeting is a smart mobility eventwith focus on automotive and smart mobility including tech meetings, B2B business meetings, startup exhibitions and workshops. Over 200 companies participated to explore new business relations and to get more knowledge in the automotive business.
The morning started with a workshop about autonomous vehicles and international smart cities. The speaker, Ross McKenzie, Managing Director at Waterloo Centre for Automotive Research (Ontario, Canada), held a lecture about what the autonomous vehicle market looks like in Canada and the main challenges and opportunities they have when heading in to the future. The second speaker, Zhilin Sim, Singapore E.D.B representative & Abdelkrim Doufène, Head of Autonomous Transport department at SystemX, continued with a lecture on the development of autonomous vehicles and the ongoing technical steps that they have taken in Singapore in order to further develop the autonomous vehicles’ roll in society. The presentation presented testbeds and opportunities of how autonomous driving solutions will possibly look like in Singapore in the future, with special regards to their underground plans for the city, where the challenge is to achieve the highest possible publicly shared and active transport mode without increasing land take.
To understand the future of the smart mobility industry and city developments on a deeper level, a European panel discussion took place together with the ICT and Smart Cities cluster Torino Wireless, Navya a French company specialized in the design and construction of autonomous and electric vehicles, Transdev a major French operator and global integrator of mobility, and with Wolfgang Fischer, vice- president of e-mobil BW as the moderator of the discussion.
They all discussed the gains and pains within the mobility market, the opportunities with smart cities, but also the changes we’re heading towards with autonomous cars and human behavior. Throughout the discussion, the participants could get three different perspectives from the speakers, including what they saw as potential problems for companies and governments.
Over 650 business meetings!
During the afternoon, the companies were invited to several B2B meetings. All the SMEs had a schedule of meetings with companies who wanted to meet them, or vice versa. The purpose of these B2B meetings was to develop an international network, to take the MobiGoIn-Action network’s needs into consideration, to help them open up to new markets, provide access to new business contacts, to new technology and maybe even find funding partners.