The framework project to promote vehicle connected in Spain is on the move. This Wednesday the first meeting of public entities interested in participating in the project was held in Barcelona, within the framework of the celebration of the Mobile Word Congress (MWC 2021). The Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism has sponsored the meeting to promote the strategic project for recovery and transformation economic (LOSS) of Electric and Connected Vehicle, integrated into the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan candidate to receive huge European funds. The meeting, held in the Free Trade Zone Consortium from Barcelona, representatives of the Generalitat of Catalonia, the Generalitat Valenciana, the Government of Aragon, the Junta de Castilla y León, the Xunta de Galicia, the municipalities of Castellolí, Zaragoza, Valladolid and Vigo, the Diputación de Pontevedra, as well as such as the Consortiums of the Vigo Free Zone and the Barcelona Free Zone. Summit in Barcelona for a project called to revitalize the automotive industry of the future, marked by the electrification and digitization of automobiles.
The design and development of connectivity elements constitute a strategic challenge for the automotive and mobility industry as a whole, and with this initiative Spain wants to ensure a leadership role in this transformation. The project seeks to improve the product competitiveness through the digital transformation of organizations, the attraction of the best national and international talent, the development of R + D + i that helps strengthen the necessary technology leadership and connectivity maturity.
The general director of Industry and SMEs, Galo Gutiérrez, has valued “the involvement of public administrations in a project that promotes the technological advances in the automotive industry, so that, with the incorporation of the telecommunications industry, Spanish companies lead the transition towards the autonomous vehicle. “For his part, the special delegate of the State in the Consortium of the Free Zone of Barcelona, Pere Navarro, who has been the host of this meeting, he stressed that “we work to be a benchmark in terms of innovation in the business and industrial sector. The strategic location of our industrial estate and the weight that the automotive sector has traditionally had in this industrial area are two elements that drive us to actively participate in this project. ”
In the case of the Barcelona Free Zone, the institution is part of the project proposing two circuits in an industrial, sustainable, intermodal and digital area and putting its infrastructure at the service of this test laboratory. This institutional environment, with the presence of both large companies and SMEs, will allow to explore the need for connected mobility that the industry needs and, in turn, to carry out proofs of concept in a real environment based on use cases that can be transferred to the market.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.