The Connected and Automated Driving Forum of Catalonia

Catalonia is one of the main vehicle manufacturing regions in Europe. With a population of 7 million, Catalonia produces 500.000 cars and 35.000 motorcycles a year, counts with 2 car OEM’s and around 600 TIER suppliers, including top engineering and design centres.
Two of the main automobile and mobility pillars are self-driving vehicles and connectivity. For this reason, the Government of Catalonia and the automotive cluster CIAC encouraged the creation of the Connected and Automated Driving Forum of Catalonia in 2015, with the goal to define and deploy strategic initiatives that foster related technologies, talent and business attraction.
This forum groups the main agents committed to the development of the industry of connected and automated vehicle in Catalonia. The main agents of this forum are presented below.

Partners of Catalonia Living Lab


Government of Catalonia

The Generalitat (Government of Catalonia) is the institutional system around which Catalonia’s self-government is politically organised. Different departments participate in the initiative in a coordinated manner: business, traffic, road infrastructure and telecommunications.


The cluster of the automotive industry of Catalonia comprises more than 200 companies involved in R&D activities. Its main objective is to strengthen the competitiveness of the automotive industry as a driving force in the Catalan economy.

Barcelona City Council

The mobility and infrastructures area of the Barcelona municipality ensures the promotion of sustainable and active mobility that favours environmental quality, safety and innovation.


As a member of the Volkswagen Group, SEAT has its headquarters in Catalonia (Spain) and employs 14.000 professionals. The company also has a technical centre that brings together more than 900 engineers

NISSAN Motor Ibérica

NISSAN, the multinational automobile manufacturer, employs nearly 5.000 people directly in Spain. Barcelona’s plant is one of the most innovative and talented ones of the company outside Japan.


Applus+ IDIADA is a leading company specializing in providing design, engineering, testing and homologation services to the automotive industry worldwide.

Aurora Snowbox

Aurora Snowbox (Finland), is a private company providing winter and cold testing facilities for connected and automated vehicle technologies. Aurora Snowbox combines public roads, cross-border corridors and independent proving grounds. Services include engineering, information services, and digital infrastructures.


Ficosa is an automotive top-TIER global supplier devoted to the research, development, manufacturing and marketing of advanced technology vision, safety, connectivity, and efficiency systems for the motor and mobility sectors.

Abertis Autopistas

Abertis is the international market leader in the management of toll roads, managing over 8.600 kilometres of high capacity and quality roads in 14 countries in Europe, the Americas and Asia. Abertis combines the advances in high capacity infrastructures with the new technologies to drive innovative solutions to the challenges of the mobility of the future.

Cellnex Telecom

Cellnex Telecom is one of Europe’s main independent operators of wireless telecommunications broadcasting infrastructures, and develops solutions regarding smart cities, internet of things and security and emergency networks.

Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics

The Institute of Robotics and Industrial Informatics CSIC-UPC (in Spanish: Instituto de Robótica e Informática Industrial), is a Joint Research Center of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Polytechnical University of Catalonia (UPC). The Institute has three main objectives: to promote fundamental research in Robotics and Applied Informatics, to cooperate with the community in industrial technological projects, and to offer scientific education through graduate courses.

Computer Vision Center

Computer Vision Center (CVC) is a non-profit institution devoted to research and development of computer vision, formed by the Government of Catalonia and the Autonomous University of Barcelona. The strategic objective of CVC is to do both Research and Development of good quality on Computer Vision. From a scientific point of view, the CVC wants to contribute to increase the knowledge in this field. From a technological point of view, the CVC aims to contribute to innovation and industrial competitiveness collaborating with companies to develop technological projects. The CVC model plans a natural co-operation between Research and Development towards technology transfer.


Based on the IoT, Sensefields designs cutting edge traffic management and connected vehicle technology tools that make our roads, our cities and our vehicles safer, greener and smarter. The core purpose is to contribute towards a better quality of life. Sensefields aims for intelligent environments open to everybody — citizens, visitors, drivers and passengers in every business, commerce, leisure and everyday life situation.


Saba is a benchmark industrial operator in the development of solutions in the field of urban mobility, specializing in car park management. The group operates in five countries in Europe and Latin America.


The Cooperative Automotive Research Network, initiated by SEAT, Volkswagen Group Research and the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), is an open hub for industrial and academic partners focusing on innovation and solutions that close the gap between academic research and industrial innovation in urban mobility.

Mobile World Capital Barcelona

Mobile World Capital Barcelona is an initiative driving the mobile and digital transformation of society while helping improve people’s lives globally through: the empowerment in the use of digital technologies, the digital transformation of industries, and the acceleration of innovation through digital-based entrepreneurship.

Servei Català de Trànsit

Servei Català de Trànsit( Catalan Traffic Service) is the competent autonomous organism attached to the Home Office of the Generalitat (Catalan Government) that is in charge of Traffic Management, Road Safety and promotion of sustainable and safe mobility in the Catalan territory.