SEAT Metropolis:Lab Barcelona, wholly owned by the company and integrated in the Volkswagen Group’s network of IT-Labs, was formally opened in the framework of the Smart City Expo World Congress 2017, held in Barcelona. The inauguration was attended by several personalities of the technology sector who were invited to the event organised by SEAT, including Miquel Martf, the CEO of Barcelona Tech City, the benchmark hub of Europe’s entrepreneurial ecosystem where Metropolis:Lab Barcelona is located.
The goal of this digital centre of excellence, which began operating last April, is to analyse and find smart solutions forthe challenges facing mobility of tomorrow and contribute to SEAT’s positioning as a leading benchmark in connected car. In this sense, Luca de Meo, who participated in the inauguration ceremony, underscored that “this lab relies on a combination of mobile technology and Big Data to optimise the relationship between the public, the smart city and mobility services. We aim to improve mobility and mal<e people’s lives safer, more sustainable and more efficient in the smart cities where we live”.
During the event, the initiatives being developed by the team at the lab were presented for the first time. The one that is now a reality is the ‘About it’ app, which is intended to improve mobility in Barcelona. Among other functions, it displays areas of the city where construction work is carried out that could affect traffic or black points with the highest concentration of traffic accidents in the city.
Two further major projects being developed were also announced. jose Nascimento highlighted “a ride-sharing app aimed at easing public mobility with the creation of communities that share intraurban commutes”. Furthermore, he also gave insights into “the on demand bus project, geared to optimising the use of existing bus lines by offering flexible routes that adapt to real time demand”. A pilot test of this initiative is already being implemented in Wolfsburg, Germany and will be adapted to Barcelona in a second phase