The project aims at bridging the gap between the manifold studies on the future of the European transport system and its subsections on the one hand, and, on the other hand, the issue of competitiveness that needs to be supported by targeted research strategies.
The project will highlight which future challenges and demand drivers can have a considerable impact on the global demand patterns in the passenger and the freight transport and how this might affect the competitiveness of related industries and service providers.
Planning future transportation
An EU team assessed Europe's future transport requirements and the prospects of the transport sector. Doing so helped develop strategic options for European transport research and policy.
The transportation sector is known to be vital to Europe's economy, and the sector's future will depend on contemporary decisions concerning innovation and research. Hence, research must be targeted to future challenges, though they are difficult to predict.
Funded by the EU, the http://www.futre.eu (FUTRE) (Future prospects on transport evolution and innovation challenges for the competitiveness of Europe) project aimed to provide such foresight.
Specifically, the five-member consortium recognised the future challenges, demand drivers and upcoming innovations, which can have a considerable impact on the global demand patterns for passenger and freight transport and which may affect the competitiveness of related industries and service providers.
Researchers planned to reconcile various future prediction studies with the issue of competitiveness and the required support from targeted research strategies. The two-year undertaking wound up in September 2014.
Work took both demand- and supply-oriented perspectives. The former addressed behaviour, affected by market drivers and other factors, while the latter examined upcoming technologies and innovations. The two analyses were merged, yielding scenarios consisting of qualitative framings and model-based quantification. Together, the work illustrates how the scenarios may help to achieve various European policy targets.
Researchers delivered options for EU research and transportation policies, including the design of future research and development strategies. The project's key findings were published electronically for a public audience. Other dissemination work included additional materials and a series of workshops.
Data produced on private investment in transport research and development were used in the EU Transport Scoreboard.