São Paulo city to finance mobility projects

A tender will be launched to select ideas that use technology to improve mobility in South America's largest city

The São Paulo city government has launched a tender to select technology-based projects to improve the mobility issues of South America's largest metropolis.

Individual entrepreneurs, as well as small and medium enterprises will be encouraged to submit ideas for the initiative, to be launched today as part of the government-sponsored Mobility Week event.

The projects will be developed at the Mobility Lab of São Paulo government's Department for Transport. Ideas based on open-source tools will be prioritized and will receive funding between R$50,000 and R$200,000 ($12,500-$50,347) during a 6-24 month timeframe.

Over the last three years, the city of São Paulo has been investing in a range of technology-based initiatives aimed at enhancing the provision of public transport services, as well as solving the acute mobility issues of the megalopolis, often nicknamed the city of "20 million traffic jams" due to rising car ownserhip.

Such initiatives driven by Mayor Fernando Haddad have included hackathons and trials to improve the management of the local bus fleet of 15,000 vehicles by using data analytics.

More recently, in parallel with the row between local taxi drivers and car sharing application Uber, a proposal has been submitted at the City Council to allow studies to be carried out by the Mayor's office with new technologies that focus on public transport.The project also requires the creation of mechanisms to better evaluate the service provided by traditional taxis.

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