July 10, 2020
EUROPEAN MOBILITY CHALLENGE BUCHAREST’S STUDENT TEAM WINS WITH MOTUM
On Friday 26th June, over 100 participants from the smart mobility community elected the winner of the 2020 European Mobility Challenge, a competition where graduate students from universities across Europe are challenged to solve real-life mobility issues and win the chance to represent Europe at the Global Challenge Competition in October 2020. With their solution called MOTUM, Bucharest University’s team of students impressed the audience with an idea that will decrease traffic and reduce the number of private cars in European cities.
teams, three smart mobility solutions, one goal: make European cities more
sustainable and inclusive through transport. In front of a European selection
committee, city representatives and an audience gathered together from the ITS
community; the teams from Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iaşi,
Romania; the University “POLITEHNICA” of Bucharest, Romania; and the University
of Bologna, Italy, pitched their solutions.
mobility solution was “MOTUM”, which seeks an answer to the challenge that
exists at the heart of every city: decreasing traffic and the number of private
fast-paced world, saving time is more important than ever. This challenge was
the long-awaited occasion to create a multi-disciplinary team capable of
addressing Bucharest’s traffic situation,” said Adrian-Daniel Azoiței, who
represented the student team at the competition.
MOTUM is an
Integrated Mobility Platform that centralises data from different databases in
the already existing infrastructure, riding the wave of emerging technologies
powering IoT (5G, AI). MOTUM provides real-time congestion level tracking,
alternate means of transport recommendation, community advertising and rewards.
All these aim at meeting the needs of the target users by changing the ways in
which non-target users (drivers) participate in the traffic of Bucharest.
in change and this competition is a hands-on opportunity to provide vulnerable
road users with a solution that pursues mobility without hindrance. We hope to
get the right network and environment to scale up our concept”, concluded
and passionate presentation convinced not only the Jury, but also the city
representatives who were challenging the student teams in the Q&A session
following the pitches.
is the way forward for innovation and a real chance to disrupt traditional
structures and solutions,” said Irina Patrascu-Grant, Head of the European
selection committee. “There are many exciting opportunities awaiting the
winning team, and ERTICO wants to make sure that Adrian-Daniel’s team is well
connected to the European and global ITS community and has the opportunity to
make a real change in smart mobility”, she concluded.
also offer the winning team visibility in an interview dedicated to MOTUM and
will support team members in the preparation for the Global Challenge in