Annual ERTRAC conference highlights new roadmaps to innovations in autonomous vehicles and urban freight

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities March 10, 2015 15:35

Annual ERTRAC conference highlights new roadmaps to innovations in autonomous vehicles and urban freight

Some 200 automotive and road transport researchers gathered at last week’s annual ERTRAC conference, which was opened by Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni, acting Chairman of ERTRAC and EGVIA.

“Road transport today offers major opportunities for innovation, which are also opportunities for job creation and competitiveness in Europe”, said Paola-Galloni, who is Corporate Vice-President for Sustainable Development of the automotive supplier VALEO. He was joined in the Introduction session by Manuela Soares, Director, Transport Directorate of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission (EC), who outlined the EC’s perspective of the current priorities and challenges for automotive and road transport research.

ERTRAC, as the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council, provides a unique platform to develop a vision for road transport research in Europe. At the conference, ERTRAC’s Working Groups presented the research needs identified in continuous work. Stakeholders from industry, researchers and representatives of national and local authorities are collaborating in ERTRAC to identify the research needs related to the three topics of powertrains (engines, fuels, and electrification), Connectivity and automated driving and Infrastructures, urban mobility and freight that were on the agenda.

In these three strategic sessions, the ERTRAC Working Group leaders and invited high-level speakers from industry and the European Commission exchanged information and ideas on the research and innovation priorities. A list of speakers and the presentations is available at the ERTRAC website here.

The meeting was concluded by Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni, as well as Neville Jackson, ERTRAC Vice-Chairman and Ricardo Chief Technology & Innovation Officer and Liam Breslin, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, Head of Unit Surface Transport.

The ERTRAC conference also marked the official release of its latest research roadmaps on urban freight and automated driving. The roadmaps will contribute to the definition of research programmes involving cities, industry, retail, logistics service providers, supported by Horizon 2020, the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.

Jointly drafted by ERTRAC and ALICE (Alliance for Logistics Innovation through Collaboration in Europe), the urban freight roadmap lists the research priorities related to urban freight delivery, returns and urban logistics to improve the efficiency, sustainability and security of this activity.

A draft of the ERTRAC roadmap addressing automated driving, a globally recognised field of road transport innovation, was also revealed. A new ERTRAC task force was created to gather experts from industry, research institutes, and national and local public authorities to address definitions and roadmaps in order to develop, test and deploy automated driving solutions.

Access the electronic versions:- ERTRAC roadmap on urban freight and ERTRAC draft roadmap on automated driving.

Thinking Cities
By Thinking Cities March 10, 2015 15:35