Towards a single and innovative European transport system SINTRAS: Barriers Analysis and Action Plans - Final Report

Heidi Auvinen, Anu Tuominen, Henning Günter, Bernard Gyergyay, Ralf Brand, Siegfried Rupprecht, Virginia Castaños, Hanna Kuittinen, Eguzkiñe Saenz De Zaitegui Tejero, Naiara Uribe, Leszek Andrzejewski, Tomasz Dowgielewicz, Leo Turno, Marcin Foltynski, Bartosz Guszczak

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    Europe faces the challenge of meeting growing demand for transport with shrinking public financial resources, while reducing environmental impacts, cutting greenhouse gas emissions, reducing dependency on imported hydrocarbons and lowering accident rates. The European Commission's transport strategy responds to these challenges. It recognises that innovation is vital in achieving these aims but notes that the adoption of innovative solutions is hampered by barriers due, in part, to the fragmented nature of Europe's transport system. This report presents the final results of a study to examine these barriers and to propose actions to overcome them.The report examines five Focus Areas: connected driving and automation of transport, and the use of automated optimisation of traffic flows; transformation of infrastructure to address connectivity, resilience, new fuels and energy efficiency; smart mobility services (including provision and use of data, and urban mobility), freight and logistics; standardisation and interoperability; and alternative fuels other than electrification. Although technology development in the five Focus Areas continues, the report finds that the main barriers relate to the implementation and exploitation of existing innovations. The proposed actions address European-level policy; incentive schemes; standardisation; transnational collaboration; the use of data; funding for research, development and innovation; and capacity building.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherEuropean Commission EC
    Number of pages206
    ISBN (Print)978-92-79-68843-0
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study

    Publication series

    SeriesEU Publications


    • transport
    • mobility
    • transport policy
    • action plan
    • foresight


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