Eighteen European mobility companies and start-ups have joined forces to launch the EU Future Mobility Taskforce.
The taskforce was formally launched in a meeting with the European Commissioner for Transport, Adina Vălean, in Brussels this week, with the goal of “providing guidance to policymakers for the next legislative mandate in the area of innovation and startups in the transportation sector”.
Vălean welcomed the group’s launch and urged transport entrepreneurs to apply for new funding made available by the European Innovation Council.
The taskforce said that its members’ common challenges include outdated and fragmented regulation, lack of enforcement, market entry barriers, access to finance and data accessibility, and that its first input will be a comprehensive report detailing the collective insights and recommendations of its members.
“This is a significant step towards shaping a future where European innovation in mobility is not only sustained but also accelerated, ensuring Europe’s continued leadership in global transport innovation,” said a statement from the group.
It continued: “Companies united in the taskforce share the common goal to introduce new solutions to meet increased consumer demand, and to make mobility more sustainable, affordable and connected”.
The taskforce was initiated by micromobility provider Bolt and MaaS platform Cabify and welcomes new members. The group’s founding participants include companies specialising in shared mobility, EV charging and maglev technology, as well as rail, coach and air travel.
The 18 companies comprising the new taskforce are: Aura Aero, Bolt, Cabify, CARTO, Dronamics, EVBox, EV Connect, Fastned, Flix, Lilium, MaasGlobal, Nevomo, Omio, OTIV, Scoobic, Volocopter, Voi and Virta.