The Talgo Award for Technological Innovation was created in 1999 with the aim of promoting creativity and innovation in the railway sector. For almost two decades, across all editions, the Award selected those projects that allowed for further innovation in railway technology. From 2019 onwards, a second innovation category has been included: Mobility. Since this Award could not be removed from the great challenges and issues that the mobility of people in the 21st century poses. Each year, the Award looks for two winning projects: one in the Railway Technology category and the other in Mobility. Both are driven by innovation and aim to improve the world we live in. Do you have an idea? Maybe this Award is the ideal platform to develop your idea. Tell us about it and take part!
UMILES Next has devised a line of accessible and sustainable air mobility through electric, eco-friendly, and quiet air taxis for short to medium distances. Using FlyFree technology, the aircrafts will have autonomous driving capabilities. However, since it is still in its preliminary stages, it includes an on-site or remote pilot to operate them until regulations approve autonomous use.
Another technology developed by UMILES Next is their concept of land vehicles with integrated local automated driving and remote operation that allows drivers, from a control center, to teleoperate the vehicles. It also enables two or more vehicles to travel together on the road in a coordinated manner. The leading vehicle is controlled by a driver while the others follow automatically.
Both developments aim to address the issue of significant city congestion by improving proximity transport and creating an ecosystem that seeks to reshape urban mobility, both for individuals and last-mile logistics.