The second edition of Global Mobility Call wrapped up with great success in all its indicators, as onsite visitors increased by 42% to 8,000 professionals; and around 500 speakers took part in some of the 120 sectoral round tables and conferences. With over 104 participating organizations, the number of exhibitors grew 76% compared to the previous edition.
Dates of next edition have been released: a third edition will take place next year, 19 to 21 November.
Organized by IFEMA MADRID and Smobhub, GMC Congress and Expo “confirms itself as the unique international platform, bringing together all industries and stakeholders involved in the sustainable mobility of people and goods”, organizers say, where participants have the opportunity to delve into the latest trends, ground-breaking innovations, and state-of-the-art projects that are shaping the future of sustainable global mobility.
Global Mobility Call to release a sustainable mobility report
The role of electrification and other alternative fuels in decarbonization, transportation multimodality, new infrastructures, together with innovation, digitalization and new technologies were some of the most mentioned topics, helping create a paradigm of a worldwide new mobility which shall be non-contaminant, safe, affordable and sustainable. The information provided by the speakers and the discussions in the congress areas will be compiled in the first GMC’s sustainable mobility report, which the experts from the Fraunhofer Institutewill produce in the coming weeks. The purpose of this document is to make the knowledge generated during the event available to all stakeholders.
Italy was the country partner for the event
For the first time, Global Mobility Call had a country partner for the event: Italy, through the Italian Agency for Foreign Trade (ICE), which promoted Italian SMEs and startups in an exhibition space of 80 m2, where twelve of these Italian companies were present to showcase the “Made in Italy” technologies and innovation in the different sectors of sustainable mobility.
Also this edition presented for the first time its Innowinner, Personality and Sustainable Stand awards, that recognise the best technological initiatives, the sustainability of exhibitors and outstanding professional careers in favour of sustainable mobility. The prizes awarded were Innowinner to the company Antolin; Personality to Trent Victor, and Sustainable Participation to the stand of the company Arriva.Among Spanish companies and institutional representatives, international keynote speakers (which represented 30% of total speakers) addressed worldwide mobility topics at the Main Auditorium. Bertrand Piccard, the first aeronaut to fly around the world in a solar plane without fuel, talked about existing solutions to tackle the environmental crisis in sectors such as mobility, energy, agriculture, waste, water and building, among others.
Multimodality in passenger transport was one of the themes of this edition of Global Mobility Call, where experts have opted, for its optimal development, for public-private collaboration. Participants urged taking into account the situation of urban and rural environments and also invited taking into account the role of micromobility for last mile trips beyond collective transport.
Electrification, driverless technology, innovation
The electrification of vehicles was another of the thematic areas very present in Global Mobility Call, and was shown as an indispensable way for the change towards sustainable mobility models, together with digitization and innovation. Different experts in electric mobility explained the urgency of achieving a reality with a greater presence of electric vehicles and of accelerating electrification in order to meet the objectives set by the European Union. Other alternative fuels such as hydrogen or biomethane were also mentioned as complementary ways to achieve clean mobility.
The GMC Expo hosted over 100 companies and startups presenting their innovative projects. The expo showcased a diverse array of sectors, including transportation, infrastructure, consumer goods, technology, and legal, each playing a pivotal role in the development of mobility solutions.At the exhibition area, the Mission H24 project exhibited its first hydrogen-electric prototype race car, the Le Mans Prototype Hydrogen (H2) Gaseous, and become one of the main attractions of the event. The car aims to showcase the potential of hydrogen both for the endurance circuit and for mobility in general.
Some other of the novelties in this area were a Formula E simulator, a guide robot for blind people in big spaces, or pedestrian safety solutions, amongst others.
Outside the pavilion, the Turkish company Karsan presented the Autonomous e-Atak, an autonomous electric bus that, for the first time in Europe, in Norway, successfully manages road traffic in whichever road conditions and without the need for driver intervention.