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FEHRL’s Vision and the Common Approach to Automotive and Infrastructure Research

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  1. FEHRL’s Vision and the Common Approach to Automotive and Infrastructure Research Steve Phillips, FEHRL

  2. FEHRL Background • 15 years as the European Centre of Excellence in Road Research • Formed as the organisation of European National Road Research Centres • Currently consists of 29 institutes – all with a public service orientation – employing over 5,000 staff • Facilitates cooperative research projects for European Road Directorates, European Commisson and other clients

  3. FEHRL’s objectives • Through research collaboration, FEHRL’s statutory objectives are to: • Provide scientific input to EU and national government policy on highway engineering and road transport matters. • Create and maintain an efficient and safe road network in Europe. • Increase innovation in European road construction and road-using industries. • Improve the energy efficiency of highway engineering and operations. • Protect the environment and improve quality of life.

  4. Reflecting Europe’s road needs Temperature Rainfall Geology Research on road transport needs to reflect national and regional differences

  5. Reflecting the challenges of the sector • Considering legislation on issues such as noise, safety, emissions, CO2 etc, the tradition has been; • Therefore solutions are often sub-optimal because of the independent approaches. Future developments need a more integrated approach (c.f. CARS 21, ERTRAC) Vehicle Component (e.g. tyre) Road

  6. Themes for common road transport RTD Environment, Energy & Resources Safety & Security Mobility, Transport & Infrastructure Design & Production RTRAC (2002)

  7. Scope of the Vision USERS ROAD NETWORK Owners Operators Suppliers Others affected VEHICLES INTERFACES – eg rail, air, water

  8. Objective of the Vision Develop a 2025 vision to assist organisations involved in using, operating and maintaining the road network to plan their longer term needs. To provide an input to ERTRAC and other bodies To identify where our activities might need to interface with other stakeholder The Vision is to help to identify research needs over the next five years.

  9. External influences • Growth in demand • Ageing populations; different gender mix • Rapidly advancing ‘mass’ technology • Range of financial models expanding • More focus on end user • Sustainability goals • Climate change

  10. External influences • Growth in demand • Ageing populations; different gender mix • Rapidly advancing ‘mass’ technology • Range of financial models expanding • More focus on end user • Sustainability goals • Climate change

  11. External influences • Growth in demand • Ageing populations; different gender mix • Rapidly advancing ‘mass’ technology • Range of financial models expanding • More focus on end user • Sustainability goals • Climate change

  12. External influences • Growth in demand • Ageing populations; different gender mix • Rapidly advancing ‘mass’ technology • Range of financial models expanding • More focus on end user • Sustainability goals • Climate change

  13. External influences • Growth in demand • Ageing populations; different gender mix • Rapidly advancing ‘mass’ technology • Range of financial models expanding • More focus on end user • Sustainability goals • Climate change

  14. External influences • Growth in demand • Ageing populations; different gender mix • Rapidly advancing ‘mass’ technology • Range of financial models expanding • More focus on end user • Sustainability goals • Climate change

  15. External influences • Growth in demand • Ageing populations; different gender mix • Rapidly advancing ‘mass’ technology • Range of financial models expanding • More focus on end user • Sustainability goals • Climate change

  16. External influences • Growth in demand • Ageing populations; different gender mix • Rapidly advancing ‘mass’ technology • Range of financial models expanding • More focus on end user • Sustainability goals • Climate change

  17. Climate change and the network Road handling issues Winter maintenance Design standards Lighting and signage

  18. Different vehicles on our roads Growth in freight traffic More sophisticated systems Shrinking labour force

  19. Key infrastructure elements by 2025 • Physical: roads, interchanges • Communications, IT, control, information • Financial • Connections between them

  20. Key infrastructure elements by 2025 • Physical: roads, interchanges • Communications, IT, control, information • Financial • Connections between them

  21. Key infrastructure elements by 2025 • Physical: roads, interchanges • Communications, IT, control, information • Financial • Connections between them

  22. Key infrastructure elements by 2025 • Physical: roads, interchanges • Communications, IT, control, information • Financial • Connections between them

  23. Delivering a joined-up approach • Structurally - and politically - infrastructure research (and especially implementation) is not the same as industrial research. • To be successful, we need to involve a greater number of countries in our research in order to avoid the ‘not invented here’ and the ‘it cannot work here’ syndrome. • At a national level, partnerships with industry have traditionally been successful. But we have not yet scaled this up to the European level.

  24. Final word…… • A collaborative approach will be needed for; • Optimising capacity of the network and increasing the efficiency of goods transport • Improving the safety on our roads • Reducing energy consumption, environmental impact and nuisance and societal/cultural impacts • Implementation of innovation • Development of better – integrated - standards & Directives