The future of transportation and logistics, under scrutiny

The logistics and transport sector is one of the sectors that has been best able to withstand the onslaught of the pandemic, with the online market and the supply of supermarkets as its main lines of action. To discuss future challenges, key infrastructures and passenger transport, among other issues, on Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28, various industry players will participate in round tables that will be broadcast on the website of La Voz de Galicia.

The first of them will delve into the challenges of the Sabón industrial estate. The appointment will be at 10.00 a.m. and it will be attended by Marta Marzoa, manager of the business association of the industrial estate; Jesús Vázquez, CEO of Jevaso; Luis Pardo, CEO of Grupo Gestán, and the mayor of Arteixo, Carlos Calvelo. One hour later, representatives of Bidafarma, Sateliun and Transfesa Logistics, will carry out an express presentation of their companies.

From 12.00, the mayor of Culleredo, José Ramón Rioboo; Vítor Manuel Migués, professor at the USC; Julio Sánchez, public sector director of Valora Consultores, and Pilar Tejo-Mora, managing partner of Teirlog Ingeniería, will focus on Culleredo as the infrastructure hub of the metropolitan area.

In the last meeting of the day, at 16.00 hours, it will be the turn of the current and future scenario of freight transport. Ana María Suáñez, manager of Logística Vantrans; José Carlos García, general secretary of Fegatramer; Montse García, member of Congress and secretary of the transport, mobility and urban agenda committee, and Pedro Pedreira, commercial director of ABC Logistic & Ecocargo, will take part in the round table.

On Wednesday at 10.00 a.m. will be the time to analyze the importance of Punta Langosteira as an engine for economic take-off. Participating in the colloquium will be the president of the Port Authority, Martín Fernández Prado; Ignacio López-Bachiller, director of Grupo Nogar; Santiago Pérez-Torres, general manager of Grupo Pérez Torres; Patricio Erhardt, general manager of Terminales Marítimos de Galicia, and Natalia Barreiro, director of the Repsol refinery in A Coruña.

At 12:00 noon it will be the turn of passenger transport. Ignacio Maestro, director of Mobilidade de la Xunta; Juan Manuel Díaz Villoslada, councilor of Urbanism, Housing, Infrastructure and Mobility of A Coruña; José Ignacio Prada, director of Compañía de Tranvías, and Fernando Míguez, manager of Autos Cal Pita, will speak.
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Bicycles are for the future

The good weather and the end of the state of alarm, but not of the virus, have launched us into the streets to the cry of freedom (of movement). Reeds aside, there are few sensations more pleasurable than moving by bicycle. This weekend, in front of those terraces crowded with reckless citizens, we saw more cyclists than ever, entire families, even with athletic dogs, enjoying the spring. But we forget something very important: the bicycle is a means of transportation and not just a pleasure. It is also becoming one of the main tools in the fight against the climate crisis.

The bicycle is up to ten times more important than the electric car to reduce emissions in cities, to make them friendlier and healthier. Because renewing all fossil fuel vehicles will take us at least 20 years and we don’t have that much time. We also don’t have that much space for that many cars.

“In our congested cities, you often get there sooner on the sidewalk or bike lane than on those always clogged streets.”

Again, the modern thing will be the old-fashioned, back to the “San Fernando car”, a little while on a bike and a little while walking. Experts call it “active travel”, moving with the strength of our legs. Although we can cheat and incorporate that cool battery that will help us so much on the steep slopes.

Walking and pedaling are the two cheapest, healthiest and most ecological means of transportation that exist, a fantastic complement to public transportation. You’ll say that the downside is their slowness, but that’s not entirely true. In our congested cities, you often get there faster on the sidewalk or bike lane than on those always clogged streets.

Call it smart mobility. Dust off the bike. And if anyone asks you, you know: I’m no fool.

The drone of the future will dominate the urban sky: aerial cab and delivery service

If the most iconic car of the 80’s cinema was the Delorean from “Back to the Future”, that automotive brand has also baptized an ambitious European research project that will test until 2022 in Benidorm (Alicante) the use of drones for both the delivery of goods and the transport of people.

The Universitat Politècnica de València (UPV) is one of the eight partners participating in DELOREAN, a GSA (European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency) project coordinated by the Catalan aeronautical company Pildo Labs, according to data accessed by EFE.

This project seeks to lay the foundations for the air transport of the future, with drones as the main protagonists. Its main objective: to contribute to bring to the whole society the use of drones in complex urban environments, such as the transport of people -the so-called air taxis- and the delivery of packages or goods.

The two main pillars of DELOREAN are mobility and urban air delivery -Urban Air Mobility (UAM) and Urban Air Delivery (UAD)-, according to the UPV.

“Combining conventional means of transport with drones is not only feasible, but it is the way to move towards more sustainable and friendly cities; it is the ideal alternative to traffic congestion. Drones will make it possible to transport goods and people quickly, economically, without contact and free of greenhouse gas emissions,” according to Israel Quintanilla, professor of Aerospace Engineering at the UPV and president of the Drone Commission (COSIDANT) of this institution.

The project was awarded by the GSA under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework program. The project partners, including the UPV, are working on the development of innovative solutions based on the European navigation system EGNOS that are able to respond to these growing mobility needs of aerial services.

Benidorm, which has tall skyscrapers, offers optimal conditions to emulate the dense urban areas where urban air mobility services are expected to be deployed.

“A network of routes has been defined in what we have called the Galileo Urban Air Mobility Laboratory,” says Santiago Soley, CEO of Pildo Labs.

In his opinion, flight over cities must be based on very robust and resilient systems: “The flights and the data collected during the tests will help demonstrate how Galileo and EGNOS can contribute to this,” as Galileo proposes innovative concepts to mitigate the risks associated with signal interference and satellite occultation.

“The DELOREAN flight tests represent an important milestone in the development of Urban Air Mobility solutions. These flights demonstrate that Galileo and EGNOS contribute substantially to the robust navigation of these new platforms that will open up new possibilities for efficient and sustainable mobility in our cities,” adds Carmen Aguilera, DELOREAN project manager.

For his part, Miguel Angel Vilaplana, head of AirBus in the DELOREAN project, adds that “the urban sky is still unexplored and, as technology advances and regulatory frameworks are developed, delivery services and urban air transport with drones will become a reality that could provide these delivery services not only faster, but cleaner”.

All the partners of this project are working on it, among which is also Correos, “a national reference in the fields of logistics and goods delivery”, add from the UPV.

“Our goal is to make them affordable and effective in any scenario; in short, to open the way for the use of drones in applications that we could not even imagine years ago to become an increasingly closer reality,” concludes Antidio Viguria, head of the project at the Andalusian Foundation for Aerospace Development (FADA-CATEC).

The DELOREAN project, which will run until mid-2022, also involves EUROCONTROL, EC, Bauhaus Luftfahrt EV and GeoNumerics, and is supported by the Spanish Aviation Safety Agency (AESA), the Benidorm City Council and Aeroports de Catalunya.