Connected Vehicle

Come to Barcelona and Catalonia and discover one of the most innovative automotive R&D and engineering hubs for the connected and electric car industry in Europe.

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Barcelona and Catalonia: creating the connected-car future.

The connected car industry in Catalonia generates a total turnover of 4,152 million euros and employs 9,720 workers, according to the study The Connected Vehicle in Catalonia by Catalonia Trade & Investment.

Today we can count 71 companies in Catalonia in the self-driving car industry – 70% of which are SMEs – all working in a wide range of sub-sectors; such as manufacturers, component suppliers, engineering, IT and connectivity providers as well as consultancy and services. You can see the Catalan providers for the Connected Vehicle sector in the Catalonia Industry Suppliers database.

Get the Best Out of our Cutting-edge Labs for Autonomous Car Testing

Besides being Europe’s 4th most innovative city, Barcelona (Southern Europe) offers state-of-the-art labs and testing for connected and electric self-driving vehicles. Catalonia Living Lab is a one-of-a-kind infrastructure in Europe that provides routes on public roads and controlled environments for testing and validating autonomous driving cars.

What’s more, the Catalan company Applus+ IDIADA, a global leader in auto testing and design, also offers its new test track for connected and automated vehicles at its 818-acre technology center.

Barcelona and Catalonia enjoy a very strategic location in Southern Europe, with fast and easy access to markets in the rest of Europe, the Mediterranean region and the North of Africa. Leading infrastructures like the Port and the Airport of Barcelona ensure excellent connectivity with plenty of international cargo routes for your car industry needs.

“Catalonia and Barcelona offer state-of-the-art labs and testing for connected and electric vehicles”

  • 71 companies

  • 4,152 million euros in turnover

  • 9,720 employees

Barcelona, a Magnet for Top Global Talent

Barcelona’s cosmopolitan atmosphere is a magnet for entrepreneurs from all over the world, being the 3rd preferred city to set up a start-up in Europe. Top universities, prestigious MBA programs, a powerful network of technology centers and coding academies generate highly skilled local and international professionals that meet the needs of the connected car  industry.

Nowadays, OEMs and Tier Ones are locating their digital hubs and innovation labs in Barcelona (Catalonia), a city that is a global leader in the digitalization field. This is the case of SEAT’s digital hub Seat:CODE, a unique software development center created to boost pioneering mobility solutions.

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Main players and events.

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