City of Bilbao: electric vehicles 4.0 to achieve smog-free city

There are two types of intelligent vehicles, with a pioneering driving support system, which would be used for the delivery of packages and the transfer of people with reduced mobility. The initiative has been developed within the framework of the European I-BIKE project, whose objective is to reduce the impact that transport generates in cities, as well as to promote transfers in areas of difficult access to people with mobility problems and to achieve more friendly and accessible environment. This week the pilot tests will be carried out in Bilbao with the vehicles that will travel to Bergamo (Italy) next week, to finalize the project tests.

Bilbao City Council and TECNALIA technological research and development center have come together to advance the development of new mobility tools that allow the creation of healthier, friendlier and more accessible environment. For this, they have designed two types of smart and electric vehicles, which would be used to deliver parcels and, secondly, to transfer people with reduced mobility.

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Both quadricycles have a pioneering driving support system, as they incorporate a 3D sensor and a system that analyzes the data coming from the environment to: detect obstacles and warn of possible collisions; limit speed in pedestrian areas or if people are detected nearby; analyze the driving style and report if the path is rough or smooth; and automatically activate signals, such as turn signals or brake lights. These are 4.0 vehicles, but driving is simple and similar to bicycle.

The initiative has been developed within the framework of the European E-Bike project, whose objective is to reduce the impact that transport generates in cities, as well as to promote transfers in areas of difficult access to people with mobility problems and to achieve more friendly, accessible and smog-free environments.

A New Form of Mobility

Both entities have collaborated throughout this year to make this new form of mobility a reality. TECNALIA has been responsible for developing the driving assistance system and the City Council has contributed its experience in creating healthy urban environments, but compatible with mobility and sustainable economic activity. This week in Bilbao, companies such as Bosch VHIT, Energy and Sustainable Development Agency, Axiro Group, One Less Van, as well as the Bergamo City Council, will test the vehicles to check their capabilities and benefits. After these tests, the vehicles will travel to Bergamo (Italy) next week, to finalize the tests.

In the presentation of the two vehicles, the Deputy Mayor and Delegate Councilor of the Mobility and Sustainability Area, Alfonso Gil, highlighted the importance of projects of this type to achieve sustainable, healthy and accessible mobility in our cities.

The project is part of the EIT Urban Moobility initiative which aims to accelerate solutions and the transition towards an integrated, user-centered and truly multimodal transport system.