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Date: October 26, 2023
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By Mobility Portal

GMC is strengthening its position as a hub for sustainable mobility

During the first two days of the event, speakers and exhibitors emphasized the feasibility of promoting a new paradigm of eco-friendly, affordable, and interconnected mobility. Discussions on topics such as ecocities, energy transition, transport decarbonization, and the role of new technologies will take place at IFEMA.

The second edition of Global Mobility Call (GMC) has reinforced the role of this event as the only cross-sectoral center with a comprehensive focus on sustainable mobility.

The speakers, exhibitors, and participants gathered at IFEMA MADRID over the past two days highlighted the importance of promoting a new paradigm of eco-friendly, affordable, cross-sectoral, and achievable mobility.

The event will continue until tomorrow with more roundtable discussions and presentations on topics including ecocities, energy transition, transport decarbonization, and the role of new technologies, among others.

Global Mobility Call has welcomed over 10,000 professionals from around the world who have attended a congress program featuring more than 470 speakers and an international exhibition area with more than 104 participating organizations showcasing their full range of services, solutions, and products.

The Spanish Minister of Transport, Mobility, and Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez, who officially inaugurated the GMC, emphasized the importance of this forum “to provide certainty and protection and to seek answers and solutions to the questions posed by citizens in the face of new forms of mobility.”

Moreover, some of the main speakers on the main stage also called for the deployment of sustainable mobility worldwide.

Bertrand Piccard, aviator, explorer, psychiatrist, and president of the Solar Impulse Foundation, emphasized the need to change the approach to energy needs, shifting from production quantity to consumption efficiency.

Peggy Liu, from JUCCCE (Joint US China Collaboration on Clean Energy), advocated for the role China can play as a “fundamental partner in infrastructure” towards net-zero mobility.

Among the key challenges to advance towards a more integrated, interconnected, and secure mobility scheme, participants in the roundtable highlighted the provision of data for users, increased connectivity, the importance of vehicle traffic data, collaboration between public administrations and companies, data integration with traffic management platforms, progress in regulatory and normative aspects, as well as security and privacy.

Highlights from the exhibition area included the presentation of notable innovations such as the new hydrogen-electricity-powered car for the 24H of LeMans, the first Spanish aerial cabin powered by drones, the autonomous bus by CTAG by PwC, a gyrocopter with a police drone, and the autonomous bus by Karsan.

Furthermore, Global Mobility Call hosted its GMC Awards, recognizing innovation, sustainability, and entrepreneurship in the mobility ecosystem. The awarded categories included Innowinner for the company Antolin, Personality for Trent Victor, and Sustainable Participation for the stand of the company Arriva.

Key events on the final day of this edition of GMC will address topics crucial to sustainable mobility, such as “Sustainable Mobility in a Third Industrial Revolution” by Jeremy Rifkin, a European Union Advisor since 2000 (16:00 GMT+2, Main Stage); the Corridor 360º program, part of the European mobility agenda under the Spanish Presidency of the Council of the European Union, and the official closing of the event with the participation of the Mayor of Madrid, José Luis Martínez-Almeida.

Mobility Portal Europe is covering the event.

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