This is the public transport of the future: electric and digital | technology


Barcelona hosted the World Congress on Public Transport (UITP Summit), the most exclusive global event in its category. Held every two years and organized by the International Union of Public Transport (UITP), a long-standing group (it’s been around for a century) of more than 1,600 public transport companies and associations from 99 countries around the world participating.

The UITP conference was held at the L’Hospitalet de Llobregat in Fira de Barcelona, ​​and was attended by around 15,000 international visitors. It brought together more than 400 exhibitors and nearly 300 experts who took part in 85 sessions focused on analyzing the present and future of mobility, clearly oriented towards decarbonisation.

MOBILITY ADO, a Mexican mobility expert with presence in America and Europe, actively participated in the UITP Summit. Share knowledge, discuss trends and offer some of the most innovative solutions. Two proposals have emerged: the electrification of a bus fleet in Mexico City and the Digizity project, developed in Spain, in Zaragoza, which encourages automated, emissions-free driving in urban environments.

The electrification of the bus fleet in Mexico City and the Digizity project, developed in Zaragoza (Spain), are promoting automated, emission-free driving in urban environments.
The electrification of the bus fleet in Mexico City and the Digizity project, developed in Zaragoza (Spain), are promoting automated, emission-free driving in urban environments.

The company is based on two core values: putting the citizen at the center and improving their quality of life through mobility

Antonio García Pastor, Corporate Director for Avanza Operations in MOBILITY ADO Spain and Chairman of the Bus Committee of the International Federation of Public Transport

connect people

MOBILITY ADO stands out for its wide range of comprehensive solutions in the field of public transport. Every year, more than 455 million travelers trust the company with their travels. Whether through urban or intercity buses, rapid transit systems, trams, subways or bicycles, the Mexican company provides mobility options that connect people and places, providing access to hard-to-reach destinations.

With a fleet of more than 10,530 operational units in service, MOBILITY ADO covers a total distance of more than 910 million kilometers per day, creating a solid and extensive network. The company strives to provide a high quality service that meets the needs of travelers, while prioritizing efficiency and reliability on every journey.

It offers simple mobility solutions, focusing on human needs and with an intelligent approach. Antonio García Pastor, Director of Avanza Operations for MOBILITY ADO Spain, highlights that the company is based on two core values, “putting the citizen at the center and improving their quality of life through mobility”.

These two goals are in line with the vision of UITP, with which MOBILITY ADO works closely. García Pastor, who was recently appointed as Chair of the Bus Committee of the International Public Transport Union, highlights the commitment of both organizations to the constant search for operational excellence and efficiency.

More than 400 exhibitors gathered for the UITP Summit.  Nearly 300 experts participated in 85 sessions focused on analyzing the present and future of mobility, clearly geared towards decarbonization.
More than 400 exhibitors gathered for the UITP Summit. Nearly 300 experts participated in 85 sessions focused on analyzing the present and future of mobility, clearly geared towards decarbonization.

At the forefront of the electric movement in Mexico

In the future of mobility, decarbonization is essential. Encouraging the electrification of public transport is critical to achieving a cleaner environment. Achieving this requires the development of a comprehensive strategy that includes the creation of infrastructure ecosystems and financial models that support the viability of projects.

In Latin America, this challenge is even more important. MOBILITY ADO is strongly committed to exploring all opportunities in order to drive the transition towards more sustainable public transportation. A notable example is the electrification of Bus Line 3 in Mexico City, where they successfully implemented 60 fully electric articulated vehicles 18 meters long.

Europe is a leader in urban mobility

Juan Carlos Abascal, Director of Mobility Solutions for Mexico and Latin America at MOBILITY ADO

Thanks to this experience, MOBILITY ADO has been able to provide electricity to some Mexican states such as Yucatan and Mexico City. Juan Carlos Abascal, Director of Mobility Solutions for Mexico and Latin America at MOBILITY ADO, confirms how this initiative has opened the way for the expansion of electrification and that they are beginning to see it as a “real option” in other countries. In addition, Abascal highlighted Europe as a pioneer in urban mobility.

Safe and automated buses

Technology also plays an important role in the future of public transportation. In Spain, MOBILITY ADO leads the Digizity project with its company and operating brand Avanza. With a total budget of more than 9 million euros and a public subsidy of 5.4 million, the main objective is to automate, decarbonize and digitize urban transport through the implementation of zero-emission buses.

MOBILITY ADO strives to provide quality service that meets the needs of travelers, prioritizing efficiency and reliability on every journey.
MOBILITY ADO strives to provide quality service that meets the needs of travelers, prioritizing efficiency and reliability on every journey.

After completing the field testing phase in Zaragoza to evaluate specific operations, the lessons learned are analyzed for the implementation of a series of applications after the summer. Starting in September, we will test the car with passengers

Valentin Alonso, Avanza General Manager at MOBILITY ADO

Digizity is an ambitious research and development project in the field of electric and connected vehicles. According to Valentin Alonso, General Manager of Avanza at MOBILITY ADO, it is progressing at a good pace. After completing a field testing phase in Zaragoza to evaluate specific operations, lessons learned are analyzed to implement a series of applications when the summer is over. “From September we will test the car with passengers,” Alonso predicts.

The robotic vehicle used in the project is the 12-meter Zero Emissions Irizar model, which incorporates driving assistance technology to ensure safety and reduce the possibility of accidents, without eliminating the driver’s presence. Alonso stresses the importance of applying automation to improve safety in public transportation and is optimistic about progress. They already have a real-world application, he concludes, “for example, if a pedestrian crosses, the brakes are faster than the driver.” The future is promising.

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