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Future Road Vehicle Research - A roadmap for the future

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Complete with results
Geo-spatial type
Other
Project Acronym
FURORE
STRIA Roadmaps
Transport mode
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Transport policies
Safety/Security,
Environmental/Emissions aspects
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Background & Policy context

From June 2002 to November 2003, the European Thematic Network FURORE - Future Road Vehicle Research - established a platform of European stakeholders to discuss breakthrough technologies and the corresponding research demand for vehicles of the year 2020 and beyond.
The network focused predominantly on road vehicles powered by internal combustion engines, but was also analysing potential breakthrough technologies in advanced fuels and systems such as hybrids and alternative propulsion. FURORE served as an umbrella to initiate pre-competitive research activities for the development of these technologies by universities, R&D organisations and the automotive industry and also provided input for research programmes and initiatives such as ERTRAC - The European Road Transport Research Advisory Council.

Objectives

Automotive R&D today has become a more international, collaborative effort within and between research organisations, universities and industry.
The FURORE Network aimed at improving this by creating an integrated, long-term research strategy for the European automotive sector, which is based on the specific point of view of research organisations and Universities. The overall objective of the FURORE Thematic Network was to establish a platform for the creation of an Automotive R&D Technology Roadmap describing automotive breakthrough technologies for the year 2020 and beyond based on transport and energy scenarios. It provided an independent expertise for the EU and member states for future research programs regarding road transport and guidance for research.

Methodology

FURORE's Automotive R&D Technology Roadmap consolidated the specialist knowledge and the opinions of the participating organisations via several dedicated workshops, individual discussions with specialists in the fields of automotive research, voting surveys among FURORE-experts and a comprehensive literature analysis.

The topics discussed were:

  • Energy & fuels (including conventional, advanced and alternative fuels),
  • Powertrain technologies (including today's state-of-art technologies as well as advanced and alternative systems and after-treatment technologies),
  • Complete vehicle aspects (including vehicle structure, safety and noise).

Every task was discussed according to:

  • its current technology status,
  • the targets for the year 2020 and beyond,
  • the potential technologies which can fulfil future objectives, 
  • the hurdles and barriers that might hinder the introduction of the potential technologies, and
  • the research demand needed to overcome major technological hurdles to successfully achieve the 2020-targets.

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission, Directorate-General for Research (DG Research)
Type of funding
Public (EU)

Results

The main physical output of FURORE is the Automotive R&D Technology Roadmap. This roadmap was created by the FURORE workpackage and task leaders with contributions from the FURORE consortium, the Working Group Powertrain of EUCAR, CONCAWE and other additional R&D organisations.


It consolidates the specialist knowledge and the opinions of the participating organisations via several dedicated workshops, individual discussions with specialists in the fields of automotive research, voting surveys among FURORE-experts and a comprehensive literature analysis.

The topics discussed were:

  • Energy & fuels (including conventional, advanced and alternative fuels),
  • Powertrain technologies (including today's state-of-art technologies as well as advanced and alternative systems and aftertreatment technologies), 
  • Complete vehicle aspects (including vehicle structure, safety and noise).

Every task was discussed according to: 

  • its current technology status,
  • the targets for the year 2020 and beyond,
  • the potential technologies which can fulfil future objectives, 
  • the hurdles and barriers that might hinder the introduction of the potential technologies and,
  • the research demand needed to overcome major technological hurdles to successfully achieve the 2020-targets.

In addition a study about the technical potentials for liquid biofuels and bio-Hydrogen was made. The roadmap was also published as a 24-page brochure summarising the highlights and including a CD with the entire FURORE Roadmap report.

Policy implications

Major Statements from FURORE: 

  • In the year 2020 and beyond we will have an increased plurality of different propulsion technologies, still with a main focus on internal combustion engines. 
  • A higher variety of fuels, conventional, advanced as well as alternative fuels, will be on the market, with designed fuels for new combustion processes. 
  • Most of all it will be essential to save energy wherever possible independent from future scenarios on propulsion systems or fuels. 
  • Adequate research investment in the evolution of powertrain technology based on IC engines and conventional-based fuels guarantees global competitiveness of European Automotive industry together with reduced energy dependency and improved environment. 
  • Research in completely new technologies is an additional must to promote sustainable advances in environment and energy security. 
  • For fuel cell and hydrogen based powertrain systems only improvements in terms of production and distribution will make them a competitive alternative. 
  • The main challenge for electric vehicles is the development of cost effective advanced batteries / energy storage systems. 
  • Vehicle weight is crucial for both fuel consumption and safety issues. Intensive research for new materials and production processes including recycling technologies is needed. 
  • Active and passive safety show great research potential and require an integrated approach to deliver the best results.
  • The same applies for noise: Future vehicle technologies focus on road/tyre interaction, the engine, the exhaust and intake system and the vehicle driving condition. 
  • Advanced simulation techniques are necessary to establish basic detailed knowledge in order to simulate physical processes more precisely and to increase the accuracy of predicted results.
  • A system approach which integrates the concerned stakeholders (infrastructure, vehicle manufacturers, research providers etc.) and the concerned scientific areas (materials, electronics, telematics etc.) will lead to remarkable technological progress. 
  • The integration of specific and generic technologies as well as development tools & platforms will lead to better, faster and cheaper research results, finally crucially strengthening the sustainable development of the European road transport sector.





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