TECNALIA works with Bilbao City Council on developing 4.0 electric vehicles to promote smoke-free cities

31 January 2021

These include two types of smart vehicles, with a pioneering driving support system, which would be used to deliver parcels and transport people with reduced mobility

TECNALIA is working alongside Bilbao City Council on developing new mobility tools that will allow the creation of healthier, friendlier and more accessible spaces. We have designed two types of smart, electric vehicles: the first of these would be used to deliver parcels and the second to transport people with reduced mobility.

Both quadricycles have a pioneering driving support system. They are equipped with a 3D sensor and a system that analyses the data received from the surroundings in order to detect obstacles and warn of possible collisions; limit speeds in pedestrian areas or if people are detected nearby; analyse the driving style and report whether it is rough or smooth; and lastly, to automatically activate signals, such as indicators and brake lights. These are 4.0 vehicles with an easy driving performance similar to a bicycle.

A new form of mobility

Both entities have collaborated throughout the year to make this new form of mobility a reality. Our centre was responsible for developing the driving assistance system while the City Council provided its expertise in creating healthy urban environments that are compatible with mobility and sustainable economic activity.

It also spearheaded the development of the pilot project that will take place this week in Bilbao. Companies such as Bosch VHIT, Energy and Sustainable Development Agency, Axiro Group, One Less Van, and the City Council of Bergamo will test the vehicles to see their capabilities and benefits.

European E-Bike Initiative

The initiative has been developed as part of the European E-BIKE project which seeks to reduce the impact generated in cities by last mile transportation, encourage the transportation of people with mobility problems in difficult to access areas, and, in short, achieve more friendly, accessible and smoke-free environments.