José Vicente de los Mozos (São Paulo, Brazil, 61 years old) began his professional career in the automotive world and, although his path in senior management has now taken him in other directions, he maintains his vision of a sector, mobility, that faces radical change in the coming years. The CEO of Indra receives EL PAÍS at Ifema, the institution whose executive committee he presides, on the occasion of the Global Mobility Call congress, where the Spanish defense and technology multinational presents several of its sustainable mobility technological projects.
In mobility, De los Mozos’ vision for Indra is clear: move the business away from infrastructure and orient it towards its strong point, technology. “Indra, at first, focused on mobility as part of the value chain and a little on infrastructure. The vision that I want to give you is to treat mobility from a technological point of view, where there is a great field that opens up. Where? in communication between platforms, mobility… that is the focus. Infrastructure is our legacy, but the heart of our business must go towards technology,” he points out.
As a result of this orientation, the company has presented several of its most recent innovations at the congress: a traffic and infrastructure management platform, which can integrate a virtual crisis room —already implemented in Spain, the United States or Australia; a connected vehicle platform, which offers vehicles real-time information and a Low Emission Zone control program —mandatory in the 151 Spanish cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants—, which allows measuring the real emissions of each vehicle, more beyond the label they have.
The meeting with EL PAÍS takes place hours after PSOE and Sumar have announced the keys to their programmatic agreement for the legislature. Among them is reducing journeys that have a train alternative of up to two and a half hours, in the style of the measure that has already been taken in France. If carried out, the regulation would affect Indra’s business, which has a presence both in the Spanish railway network and in its airports. De los Mozos prefers not to comment specifically on the measure, which “has caught him in Congress”—where he has coincided with the acting Minister of Transport, Raquel Sánchez—, but he does defend that “any measure that helps improve emissions is positive”. “Its reduction commits us all,” he adds.
Electric and automated vehicles
Indra is the coordinator of Mobility 2030, a project financed in part with public funds and focused on automation and electrification. One of its pillars is the deployment of automated and connected vehicles on a large scale, a technology that still has some way to go. For De los Mozos, automation “is a reality” that collides with a “legislative problem”: “We have to go towards standardization as much as possible because that will make life easier for the user,” he points out, and warns of the complications that unequal regulation could cause to users of automated vehicles.
Although he jokes that he has already “forgotten” the automotive world, the man who was president of Renault Spain and industrial director of the group until the beginning of this year is well aware of the priorities in electrification: “In Madrid, 92% of the cars are made of more than 10 years. Let’s not talk about hybridization, let’s talk about cars that are more than 10 years old. It is important to decarbonize the parks,” he defends.
From the sector, it has been insisted that the Spanish infrastructure is not prepared for the decarbonization objectives set by the European Union. For De los Mozos, it is necessary to “work on the infrastructure”, but everything will go through an “orderly transition” of the sector, attending to the needs of users: “When a customer is going to buy a car, they ask: ‘where do I charge it, what autonomy and what charging time’. Not all solutions are green for a person,” he concludes.
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