Mobility leaders unite as EU Future Mobility Taskforce launches in Brussels

Posted: 16 January 2024 | | No comments yet

In a milestone event, 16 CEOs from Europe’s top mobility companies launched the EU Future Mobility Taskforce in Brussels, aiming to align innovative solutions with EU objectives and address shared challenges in the transport sector.

Mobility leaders unite as EU Future Mobility Taskforce launches in Brussels

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In a landmark development for the European transportation sector, 16 CEOs and founders representing the continent’s most influential private mobility companies and start-ups have joined to launch the EU Future Mobility Taskforce. This ambitious initiative aims to align the innovative efforts of these industry leaders with the strategic objectives of the European Union (EU).

European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, said: “Today [11 January 2024] marked the launch of the EU Future Mobility Taskforce, where 16 CEOs and Founders from Europe’s top private mobility unicorns and start-ups joined forces. In a dynamic meeting, we delved into the needs of our transport innovators and explored ground-breaking initiatives like Drone Strategy 2.0 and future Hyperloop regulatory frameworks. The European Union is boosting financial support for transportation innovators and start-ups through Horizon Europe cluster 5 and EIT Urban Mobility. The European Innovation Council, with a €10 billion budget, is calling on transport entrepreneurs to apply.”

The Taskforce, spearheaded by Bolt and Cabify, brings together a total of 18 companies spanning shared mobility, EV charging, maglev, rail, coach, cargo and air mobility sectors. This collective effort focuses on addressing common challenges such as outdated and fragmented regulations, lack of enforcement, market entry barriers, access to finance and data accessibility.

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The participating companies share a common goal: introducing new solutions to meet the growing consumer demand and making mobility more sustainable, affordable and connected. Despite Europe’s pioneering achievements in mobility, challenges persist, including the need to leverage next-generation solutions alongside existing ones and scale innovations on the global stage.

The primary objective of the taskforce is to inform and guide EU policymakers for the next legislative mandate in the area of innovation and start-ups in the transportation sector. The Taskforce’s inaugural contribution will be a comprehensive report capturing the collective insights and recommendations of its members. This report is set to be presented to Commissioner Vălean in Spring 2024.

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