Evaluation for the European Commission on the future of autonomous vehicles in Europe

Project: Evaluation for the European Commission on the future of autonomous vehicles in Europe
Level: Supra-National
Geographical Area: Europe

Ubiquity Consulting was selected by the European Commission’s Executive Agency INEA (Innovation and Networks Executive Agency) to support evaluations on a Horizon 2020 call related to autonomous vehicles: “Human centred design for the new driver role in highly automated vehicles”.

In this context, Ubiquity Consulting had the opportunity to provide technical advising for the automated and highly-automated vehicles sector, notably in terms of latest vehicle developments (upcoming challenges involving C-V2X vs. U-V2X, available and developing vehicles technologies for reaching SAE automated driving levels 4 and 5), infrastructure and environment developments (Operational Design Domains for Automated Driving Systems, etc.) or in-car systems (artificial intelligence applied to human-vehicle interaction technologies), thus supporting INEA in informed decision-making for the future of autonomous vehicles in Europe.

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Development of an international strategic business plan

Project: Development of the strategic business plan for a startup company offering mobility and accessibility solutions
Level: Local
Geographical Area: International

Ubiquity Consulting’s experts elaborated the strategic business plan for the Compagnon solution, an integrated mobility and accessibility system proposed by Mass Factory, a Spanish Catalan IT startup specialised in developing independent mobility solutions for people with disabilities or mobility impaired.

In line with Ubiquity Consulting’s values of innovation and sustainable development, the Compagnon solution supports local operators, authorities, or associations and foundations worldwide in guiding citizens with specific mobility needs, allowing them to use local transport and mobility options.

Following the comprehensive examination of the Compagnon solution, Ubiquity Consulting provided an exhaustive business plan, with the objective to guide the client on business development priorities, objective settings and market positioning, partnerships to develop, channels to use, etc. and support the solution’s visibility and sales at international level.A project commissioned by GIZ (the German International Cooperation Resources for Sustainable Development) in collaboration with ECREEEECOWAS and CERMI, this assessment of the potential of EVs and other sustainable road transport solutions in Cabo Verde strongly focused on the potential use of renewable energies to power electric mobility on the islands.

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Study on electrification of the Tunisian Post Office’s fleet

 

Project: Pre-feasibility study on the electrification of the Tunisian Post Office’s fleet
Level: National
Geographical area: Africa

Commissioned by GIZ (the German Agency for International Cooperation), in collaboration with ANME (the National Agency for Energy Control) and MEMER (Ministry of Energy, Mines and Renewable Energies), the objective of this pre-feasibility study was to define and evaluate renewal options for the Tunisian Post Office’s fleet, more specifically for replacements by hybrid or electric vehicles.

Following the development of an international benchmarking illustrating the strategies followed by various Post Offices around the world in terms of non-conventional vehicles and renewable energies, the strategic analysis proposed by Ubiquity Consulting focused on different vehicle segments belonging to the Tunisian Post Office’s fleet. A set of works, scenarios calculations and estimates (greenhouse gases emissions, cost of ownership of vehicles) was developed by our experts to determine the economic, social and environmental return after fleet renewal, as well as to determine the potential implementation of electric vehicles within the Tunisian Post Office’s distribution or sorting facilities nationally. In order to foster the organisation’s sustainable growth and reply to a potential increase in energy demand, scenarios for vehicles were complemented by scenarios for photovoltaic installations for implementation in facilities nation-wide.

The information gathered in this pre-feasibility report should enable the concerned ministries to make informed decisions in terms of introducing non-conventional vehicles in Tunisia (and more specifically in the Tunisian Post Office’s fleet) and promote the use of renewable energies on the national territory. A number of recommendations concerning the regulatory framework, the import of non-conventional vehicles or even self-production and self-consumption of electricity were formulated, which may serve in the future as references for upcoming legislations on energy transition and sustainable mobility in Tunisia.

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Interview to Elaborate a Vision of Future Mobility Needs

Project: Interview to Elaborate a Vision of Future Mobility Needs for Asian Car Manufacturers
Level: National
Geographical Area: Europe

Ubiquity Consulting has been invited to participate in an interview conducted by a group of Asian car manufacturers, which objective was to establish a vision of the future of mobility and citizens’ expectations in terms of transportation in Spain.

As experts in shared, sustainable and innovative mobility modes, we were requested to provide a complete overview on these topics, whether from a governance, economical, social or environmental perspective, while assessing proposed mobility scenarios and the potential of some of the brands’ vehicles.

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Technical Assessment for the Potential Acquisition of a European Operator

Project: Technical Assessment for the Potential Acquisition of a European Operator
Level: National
Geographical Area: Europe

Integrated within the Mergers & Acquisitions team of one large international multimodal Transport Operator, Ubiquity Consulting supported its client’s efforts to determine the validity and economical interest of buying a smaller European Transport Operator.

Our team therefore conducted a full economical and technical review on the smaller Transport Operator’s operations processes, existing assets (notably electric buses and ferries) and planned future developments, to assess and attest of the current and expected state of the company over the years to come. The conclusions of this full review were then used at highest levels within our client’s company to take decisive strategic decisions.

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Market and Feasibility Studies for new Ride-Hailing Services

Project: Market and Feasibility Studies for new Ride-Hailing Services
Level: Regional & National
Geographical Area: Europe

Ubiquity Consulting prepared market and feasibility studies for the cities of Madrid and Barcelona, commissioned by a ride-hailing company interested in a potential entrance on the Spanish market in both cities.

These strategic studies involved assessing the local legal frameworks and current transport – and especially shared transport – situation, but also proposing scenarios for potential ride-hailing operations deployment.

In a changing and sensitive political environment marked by UberPop’s temporary ban from operating in Spain in 2014, followed by Blablacar’s Spanish court sentence in early 2017 asking authorities to rule on whether their activities were actual transport services or if they were only acting as a social platform, our client’s intentions were to define business opportunities and risks in the light of legislations in place both in the Barcelona and Madrid provinces and at national level (legislations in force, taxis and private hire vehicles licensing processes, market regulations and barriers to entry, competent authorities, etc.).

After completing the market study, Ubiquity Consulting focused on the feasibility study and proposed different operational scenarios, taking into account competitors and mobility players already present on the market, economical indicators, vehicles advantages (e.g. using electric vs. conventionally fuelled) and proposing an assessment of risks and benefits for each scenario proposed.

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Training for a National Transport Agency

Project: Training for a National Transport Agency
Level: National
Geographical Area: Middle-East

During this project, Ubiquity Consulting’s experts provided training and advising services to support the recently created National Transport Agency of a Middle-East country. The training was held in London, with the objective to provide the client with strategic tools, organisational methods and operational background knowledge in order to support the development of the Agency.

Sessions focusing on topics such as Transport Economics, Governance and Collaborations, Contracting and Tendering, or Operations and Planning for different transport modes were given by field experts, illustrated by presentations and field trips proposed by  our training partner Transport for London, the London area Transport Authority.

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Assessment of the Potential of EVs & Transport Solutions in Cabo Verde

Project: Assessment of the Potential of Electric Vehicles and Other Sustainable Road Transport Solutions in Cabo Verde
Level: National
Geographical Area: Africa

A project commissioned by GIZ (the German International Cooperation Resources for Sustainable Development) in collaboration with ECREEEECOWAS and CERMI, this assessment of the potential of EVs and other sustainable road transport solutions in Cabo Verde strongly focused on the potential use of renewable energies to power electric mobility on the islands.

During this three-month project, Ubiquity Consulting had the opportunity to interview key stakeholders in order to assess the current transport situation, evaluate the state of the grid and available (renewable) energy production sources, estimate GHG emissions at national level and compare these to various scenarios of fleet renewal, or establish a set of strategic recommendations to be established at national level in order to progressively introduce electric vehicles to defined population segments.

As a prequel to a NAMA Support Project, Ubiquity Consulting also provided recommendations from a governance, social, economical and environmental perspective in order to foster renewable energies and sustainable mobility, which arguments will make the case for the NAMA Support Project and other national-level supporting legislations.

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2018 Season’s Greetings

2018 has been the year of diversification for Ubiquity Consulting: our experts have had the opportunity to collaborate, write or present on a wide range of topics linked to governance, sustainability, urban mobility or even renewable energies.

Ubiquity Consulting’s team also shared expertise on innovations for the mobility sector, such as the blockchain, MaaS, electric vehicles or shared mobility.

With so many changes and opportunities to seize in the transport and mobility world, we therefore hope to be able to collaborate with you and your team in 2019 to make our sector always more sustainable and innovative!

Happy New Year! Feliz año nuevo! Bonne année! Feliz ano novo!