How Social Innovation turns into Mobility for all

By Jacques

Last week I was at the French startup event LeWeb’12 to get some fresh ideas about digital marketing trends on the startup scene. The theme of this year was the IoT aka the “Internet of Things”, so you could find many connected devices : smartphones, thermostats, watches, drones, headsets, weight or blood trackers that were all mobile and connected things. So why not connect these geeky devices to more familiar transportation & mobility products? IF WE connect internet and transportation, can it offer innovative and profitable mobility concepts?

I was there in my reflexions when I saw the Renault booth at LeWeb and just decided to chat with them to share ideas. And since I had my smartphone with me, I used it to record this impromptu one shot video, so pardon its low quality.

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Getting people back to work thanks to the Mobility community

I met with Florent d’Yvoire, who is project manager on the Renault-MOBILIZ Social Business project to know more about mobility innovation. Our main discussion was about the Renault-MOBILIZ which I found very innovative but not on technology as we usually expect, but more on the business side: This project was born at the Corporate Social Responsibility department of Renault with a vision: looking for sustainable ways to help the poorest benefit from an affordable mobility, so that they can find work and get out of poverty. Beyond that, the innovation is also in the business model that is inspired by the microcredit concept developed by Muhammad Yunus so that it can ensure the financial viability of the project.

In this context the Renault-MOBILIZ program is looking for more connections within the transportation and mobility community of professionals: they are looking for partnerships with entreprises and citizens on providing products, services, and assistance in getting driver’s licenses. Dassault Systèmes can certainly help with its communication to transportation & mobility professionals. More to come on this…

A car-sharing pilot with electric cars

Renault also launched Twizyway, an innovative car-sharing concept in the Paris area with 50 Twizy. These 100% battery-driven cars are beautiful, fun and safe to drive. They are available all day and are tracked and booked via smartphone apps. People use these cars then leave them in the location of their convenience to ensure maximum flexibility for drivers. Customers just scan a QR Code on the windshield and go. So this is quite similar to the Autolib project deployed near there in Paris, but with less constraints at first glance.

Digital apps on the dashboard of your car

The final topic presented by Renault was the second edition of their “call for apps” that will be installed on the dashboard of future cars in a tablet called R-Link. New Zoe and Clio models will benefit from them , Renault was there to call for startups willing to develop new services on their infrastructure.

Renault’s motto is “Drive the change”, now you can see why!  What about you, how would you match internet and transportation yourself? Do you see the digitalization of the world as an opportunity for new mobilities?

Thanks for posting your view in the “comments” field below

Jacques

 

Jacques Bidault is Industry Marketing Director, Transportation and Mobility at Dassault Systèmes

 

 

Live from World Engineering Education Forum in Argentina

By Charles

Throughout the year, Dassault Systèmes is involved in a lot of worldwide events promoting engineering education.

From October 15th to 18th was held the first World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This event brought together the biggest and most important international organizations devoted to engineering education like The MathWorks, HP or Microsoft. The objective was to think and find solutions about sustainable development and social inclusion through engineering education.

As a premium sponsor, Dassault Systèmes played a major role during this event:

Our 3DS booth gathered the Academia team from 3DS HQ, the 3DS Latin America team and Teckdes, our local academic reseller. They met with students, deans and educators, but also hosted several meetings, including a workshop highlighting academic projects authored by Argentinean students.

Our 3DS booth gathered the Academia team from the HQ, the LATAM Marketing team and Teckdes, our local academic reseller. They met with students, deans and educators, but also hosted several meetings, including a workshop highlighting academic projects authored by Argentinean students.

Invited on stage, students from the National University of La Plata and Universidad Tecnologica Nacional presented their projects made with CATIA, SIMULIA, SolidWorks and other 3DS software. Have a look at the projects:

Modelization and analysis of the operational capacity of La Plata airport in order to modernize and improve its capacity.
Made with: CATIA V6, SolidWorks, ENOVIA V6 and 3DVIA Composer

Innovation product design: The Smart Doormat has been designed to clean shoes and to prevent the floors from rotting. Indeed, our houses, hospital and all indoor places in general are   polluted with germs, dirt, bacteria and so on because people don’t take off their shoes.
Made with: CATIA V5 and 3DVIA Composer

An alternative solution for recycling automotive tires: the use of tires as water conducts. The objective of this project was to develop a machine to manufacture a duct for/to drain stacked water.
Made with: CATIA V5 and SIMULIA

Design of a Three Wheel Electric Vehicle:  The vehicle is powered with 19,5 kw/hs Lithium Batteries and has Brushless Type Electric motor.  Its maximum speed is 60 km/h with a range of 300 km.
Made with: CATIA V5 and SIMULIA

You can find on our Facebook page more pictures from the WEEF 2012 event as well as more details about the student’s projects. Hope you’ll enjoy!  :D

 

Do YOU have a World-Changing Dream?

By Aurelien

IF WESo this is a call to all day-dreamers out there  :D

“IF WE could harvest just one iceberg, we could provide half a million people with fresh water for a year.” Georges Mougin dreamed of harvesting icebergs to help address the water scarcity challenge, and with the power of 3DEXPERIENCE, he was able to prove that his dream could become real.

Watch this :

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Now, do YOU have a world-changing dream?

Share your own world-changing dream with the world by coming up with a 140-character statement starting with the words “#IFWE” (e.g., “#IFWE harvest icebergs, just one could provide half a million people with fresh water for a year”) and enter it in the text box to the right.

We’re looking forward to your most innovative, ambitious and awesome “IF WE Dreams”! They will be rewarded, with prize values up to $15,000 to bring your dream to life! See more details about how to participate.

IF WE ask the right questions, we can change the world! And remember, the only limit is YOUR imagination!



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