Transport research must focus on the challenges of the future, such as keeping people and products mobile, improving road safety and energy efficiency, and making the sector more competitive. This is the clear message of the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council (ERTRAC) which will tomorrow unveil its Strategic Research Agenda for the sector. ERTRAC brings together all players of the sector - automotive industry, road infrastructures, local and national governments, NGOs, universities and research centres from across Europe. By defining common goals and deliverables for transport research, ERTRAC’s joint Strategic Research Agenda should maximise the impact of public and private investment, and ensure that research is fully geared towards the needs of the sector.
Commissioner for Science and Research Janez Potoènik stated: “We all want cars that are greener and cheaper to run. We all want to feel safer on our roads. By focusing on the research needs of the road transport sector as a whole, ERTRAC is bringing those goals a lot closer.”
Road transport is the backbone of the European economy, with 11% of total GDP. It is a major source of employment – and a highly research intensive sector. Within EU companies there is more investment in road transport research and development than in any other sector (24% of investment in the top 500 EU companies in 2003).
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