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  • Building the planes (and maybe lowering the air fares) of the futureexternal link
    Published on: 24/03/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/star/images/industrial-technologies/building_planes.jpg" title="Building the planes (and maybe lowering the air fares) of the future" alt="Photo of a small plane taking off"> Intelligent, extremely tough and ultralight; these are the anticipated characteristics of the materials that will be used to build planes of the future. At Lublin University of Technology in ...
  • Oiling the wheels of greener transportationexternal link
    Published on: 16/03/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/16_03_15_small.jpg" alt="Big truck on the road">Burning rubber is the last thing a driver wants to do to save fuel. In fact, tyres account for up to 15&#37; of a vehicle's fuel consumption. An EU-backed project has developed new compounds, designs and treads for tyre manufacturing to slash this "rolling resistance" for the good of the transpo...
  • Coastal forecasting service sets sailexternal link
    Published on: 09/03/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/09_03_15_small.jpg" alt="Tugboat on the sea">Powerful modelling tools developed by European researchers have been commercialised to provide forecasting services for coastal sea conditions in Europe and beyond. Applications range from storm forecasts for beach and coastal defence management to efficient route planning for shipping, and conting...
  • Going the extra mile with batteries that breatheexternal link
    Published on: 27/02/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/27_02_15_small.jpg" alt="">A major challenge facing full electric vehicles is the limited range between charges. An EU-backed project has designed a new-generation battery that can potentially power a car for up to 500 km, instead of the current 150 km, before needing to be recharged. This breakthrough could encourage more people to buy elect...
  • Engineering longer lives for bridgesexternal link
    Published on: 25/02/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/25_02_15_small.jpg" alt="">Bridges are an integral part of today's road and rail transport network, but maintaining them puts significant strain on public finances. The EU-funded project Long Life Bridges has found a way to keep them safe at lower cost. It has also built a prototype of a device designed to extend the lifetime of bridge cables...
  • Powering towards collaborative maritime navigationexternal link
    Published on: 18/02/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/18_02_15_small.jpg" alt="Picture of a container ship in the port">EU-funded researchers have developed a concept for a novel satellite-based navigation network to improve traffic flows and safety along Europe's congested maritime and inland waterways. Through the exchange of vessel data, the network could help reduce accidents and enable Euro...
  • Smart seat and seatbelt to help sleepy drivers stay alertexternal link
    Published on: 11/02/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/11_02_15_small.jpg" alt="Photo of sleepy fatigued driver">EU-funded researchers have developed a driver's seat and seatbelt from smart textiles that measure heart and breathing rates. Detecting if drivers are showing signs of fatigue behind the wheel and somehow alerting them to the fact, the system could prevent thousands of fatalities every...
  • Helping Europe's aviation sector rise to the challenges of the futureexternal link
    Published on: 04/02/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/04_02_15_small.jpg" alt="Airplane at the airport">Air transport is a growing and increasingly vital part of our rapidly globalising world. At the same time, the aeronautics industry faces an unprecedented set of challenges. Chief among these is the need for greener and more sustainable aviation. For everyone in the industry, the message is cl...
  • Robots of the deepexternal link
    Published on: 27/01/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/star/images/it/robots_deep.jpg" title="Robots of the deep" alt="Photo of two people carrying a submarine robot"> Underwater robots can explore seas and rivers, gathering in groups to solve problems together, if they learn to cooperate. How can we teach robots?
  • Personalised travel advice from your pocketexternal link
    Published on: 26/01/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/26_01_15_small.jpg" alt="Photo of man with smartphone">While many of us are used to checking transport schedules on our smartphones, the i-TOUR app, created by EU-funded researchers, goes much further. It advises which form of transport is most appropriate to get from A to B in large urban areas wherever you are in Europe, and takes into acco...
  • Safety in numbers... for European transport systemsexternal link
    Published on: 16/01/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/16_01_15_small.jpg" alt="Illustration of a plane flying away">Years of research, application and targeted policy initiatives have massively improved the safety of Europe's transportation system. An EU-funded project has identified ways for researchers to share their knowledge and work with each other and policymakers, leading to new insights ...
  • Transforming the driving experience: the connected carexternal link
    Published on: 09/01/2015
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/09_01_15_small.jpg" alt="Photo of the inside of a car">Just as the internet revolutionised the way we use mobile devices, the 'connected car' has the opportunity to transform the driving experience. CARMESH, a European Union (EU)-funded Marie Curie project, took the first steps towards a seamless integration of digital life into the car.
  • Electric cars in the driving seatexternal link
    Published on: 04/12/2014
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/04_12_14_small.jpg" alt="Photo of the three-seater WIDE-MOB prototype car">An Italian-led European consortium is piloting an assembly line for a small electric car developed in an EU-funded project. The vehicle sets new standards for quality, efficiency and safety in the booming market for 'micro' electric vehicles.
  • Clean bill of health for electric carsexternal link
    Published on: 03/12/2014
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/03_12_14_small.jpg" alt="Photo of the car check station">Could electric cars cause cancer? Like all electric devices, and indeed like all motor vehicles, they do produce electromagnetic fields. However, these fields are far too weak to give cause for concern, say EU-funded scientists at the end of a comprehensive research project.
  • No trespassing: preventing rail accidents and suicidesexternal link
    Published on: 02/12/2014
    <img hspace="5" vspace="5" border="1" align='left' width='150px' style='height:auto;' border="0" src="http://ec.europa.eu:80/research/headlines/news/images/02_12_14_small.jpg" alt="Photo of the workers on the railroad tracks">EU-funded researchers have produced groundbreaking proposals to prevent railway suicides and reduce service disruption. The proposals, if adopted, could not only save lives, but also money and time for both railway companies and passengers, they say.
  • When air quality governs traffic managementexternal link
    Published on: 20/03/2014
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    Phasing traffic lights according to air pollution rates at the scale of a city district could soon become a reality.  But this, first, requires overcoming the complexity of air pollution models.
  • Grass as the new biofuelexternal link
    Published on: 17/12/2013
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    A new European research project seeks grass crops that could be grown and harvested on marginal lands, away from areas suitable for food crops
  • ARISTOTEL: Addressing complex pilot-aircraft coupling issues in the sky
    Published on: 20/09/2013
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    A highly trained pilot is at the controls of a helicopter. She is attempting to lift off and deliver a payload that is suspended, like a pendulum, below the craft. Suddenly a gust of wind tilts the rotor slightly; the pilot attempts to right the helicopter, but over-compensates. A life-threatening situation has emerged in a matter of seconds.
  • Demonstrating better urban road transport solutions (Straightsol)
    Published on: 09/09/2013
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    The EU-funded Straightsol project is piloting new systems and solutions for improved city transport, with a focus on better, safer and more efficient parcel and freight delivery.
  • Satellite applications for emergency handling, traffic alerts, road safety and incident prevention (SafeTRIP)
    Published on: 12/07/2013
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    Getting from A to B on European roads could become an easier, safer and more entertaining experience thanks to a new mobile technology platform for vehicles demonstrated by the SafeTRIP project.
  • Attacking oil and chemical pollution in the Mediterranean (Argomarine)
    Published on: 17/06/2013
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    The hundreds of energy- and chemical-related industrial sites located around the Mediterranean Sea represent a formidable challenge for environmental protection. The EU-funded Argomarine project has developed a system to make the task easier.
  • Successful aeronautics project nominated for award (SAFAR)
    Published on: 30/05/2013
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    This year, the EU-funded SAFAR project has been nominated for the FlightGlobal Achievement Awards, in the category of ‘Innovator of the Year’.
  • Rapid response to mitigate the effects of maritime disasters (SUSY)
    Published on: 21/05/2013
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    The propagation of spillages after ship disasters is one of the biggest threats to the marine environment. Instead of focussing on cleaning up the mess, a new EU-funded system will prevent or lessen spillages from the outset, by stabilising vessels in the crucial moments immediately after an accident.
  • Enhancing passenger experience in future air transport (VR-Hyperspace)
    Published on: 07/05/2013
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    Have you ever wanted to get away from it all – while stuck on a crowded airplane? Adopting radical approaches using virtual, enhanced and mixed reality, the ‘VR-Hyperspace’ project is targeting a paradigm shift in the way we ‘see’ passenger comfort.
  • Biogas from animal waste in need of maturityexternal link
    Published on: 06/05/2013
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    Biogas-based energy could solve both the environmental concern of agricultural waste and reduce dependency of fossil fuels, particularly in Eastern Europe, albeit at a steep production cost
  • Stadium: smarter transport management for global events
    Published on: 06/05/2013
    An innovative online tool has been developed to help cities meet the transport demands of large-scale events. Created through an international EU-funded project, the tool shows how integration of Intelligent Transport Systems can make a world of difference.
  • Hoverspill – new vehicle for oil spill clean-up and more
    Published on: 09/04/2013
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    The ‘Hoverspill’ project, with support from the EU Framework Programme, has developed a new amphibious vehicle platform aimed at rapid oil spill response. But researchers say it can and will do much more.
  • TITAN – focus on aircraft ‘turnaround’
    Published on: 04/04/2013
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    The EU-funded TITAN project has delivered a new model for collaborative air transport decision making, and a tool to improve aircraft turnaround at airports, optimising efficiency while reducing flight delays and cancellations.
  • Assessing vehicle compatibility in road accidents (Fimcar)
    Published on: 12/03/2013
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    Traditionally, car crash safety testing has focused mainly on the protection of drivers and passengers in wall impact scenarios. The ‘Fimcar’ project has been looking more closely at real-world accidents and considering better ways to assess safety.
  • Underground train prototype better equipped against attack (SECUREMETRO)
    Published on: 28/02/2013
    The EU-funded SecureMetro project has developed blast-resilient metro carriages that are better able to withstand a terrorist attack, promising to restore the confidence of travellers and ultimately save lives.
  • How you drive makes a difference (Udrive)
    Published on: 27/02/2013
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    The EU-funded ‘Udrive’ project is using the latest information and communications technologies (ICT) to observe human driving behaviour, with the aim of improving road safety and fuel efficiency.
  • Protecting our most vulnerable road users
    Published on: 05/02/2013
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    Researchers say many thousands of children could benefit from a new system that helps ensure their safety as they go to school. SAFEWAY2SCHOOL brings together the latest communications technologies to, among other things, warn drivers of the presence of children near bus stops.
  • Important new model for car safety (ADSEAT)
    Published on: 29/01/2013
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    The EU-funded ADSEAT project has developed the world’s first virtual crash test dummy of an average female. The computational model is to be used in virtual testing of vehicle seat safety performance.
  • Adapting formula one 1 technology to aid the rail sector
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    A research project funded by the European Commission has led to a potential breakthrough for the rail sector - by adapting light weight materials most commonly found in high performance racing cars. The results promise to provide the rail industry with trains that are more environmentally-friendly, easier and cheaper to produce, and less costly for rail companies in terms of track maintenance. An all round win-win situation.
  • Containers get a redesign to pack more in: Tellibox
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    Shipping containers are crucial for European and global trade and yet concerns about capacity and efficiency and potential environmental drawbacks have led for calls for a redesign. Tellibox, an EU funded project, has done exactly that, successfully demonstrating the MegaSwapBox – a 100 metre-cubed container that can be loaded from three sides and is compatible with multiple transport modes.
  • Cargo crawlers: ship-surveying robots assist human inspectors
    Published on: 12/06/2012
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    Historically, inspecting cargo ships for cracks, corrosion and other signs of wear has been time-consuming, expensive. For the inspectors who have to climb scaffolding it is also potentially dangerous. Seeking to ease these difficulties, the EU-funded project MINOAS has developed robots equipped with cameras and magnetic wheels that can scale walls and report back their findings – quickly, accurately and safely.
  • Reducing the impact of human error at sea
    Published on: 16/02/2012
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    The recent accident of the Costa Concordia cruise ship has tragically shown that mistakes at sea can have severe consequences. The European Commission is supporting advanced research that helps reduce the risks of human error and the impact, should something go wrong nevertheless.
  • Safer recovery from difficult flight conditions
    Published on: 16/02/2012
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    Aircraft are very safe, but unexpected, extremely difficult flight conditions do happen. Up to now, no simulator has been able to give pilots training that could prepare them realistically for situations like these. The SUPRA project has succeeded in building a flight simulator to train pilots for harsh conditions.
  • Are in-vehicle technologies improving road safety?
    Published on: 03/02/2012
    As technology advances, vehicle manufacturers are incorporating more and more gadgets such as cell phones, satellite navigators and in-car video systems into vehicles. But what are the effects of these in-vehicle technologies (IVTs) on road safety? Ten European research partners are trying to determine how safe they really are.
  • How a holistic approach can help aircraft noise reduction
    Published on: 03/02/2012
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    Aircraft noise is a daily blight on the lives of millions.  Although aircraft noise is caused by a large number of factors, previous efforts to reduce it have only ever looked at those factors in isolation.  A unique EU project involving 47 partners, including major players in aeronautics, aims to take a ‘whole-aircraft’ approach, significantly reducing the noise by tackling the problem as a whole.
  • Dr Robin Hickman: “To lower CO2 emissions, act across policy areas, vehicle technologies and behaviours.”external link
    Published on: 30/01/2012
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    Dr Robin Hickman, research fellow at the Transport Studies Unit at the University of Oxford and Associate Director of transport research at the Halcrow Group, talked about his sustainable transport research.
  • Road train approaching
    Published on: 19/01/2012
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    The SARTRE project (Safe Road Trains for the Environment) has successfully completed the first test demonstrations of a multiple vehicle platoon. The test fleet included a lead truck followed by three cars driven entirely autonomously at speeds of up to 90 km/h – with no more than a 6 metres gap between the vehicles.
  • Eco-friendly trains with hybrid energy storageexternal link
    Published on: 07/01/2012
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    Researchers are investigating how to make diesel-powered trains more eco-friendly. One way is to implement a hybrid energy storage system that both could lower fuel consumption up to 13 percent and reduce harmful idling emissions.
  • Nice - A new era for the internal combustion engine
    Published on: 11/10/2011
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    A new internal combustion engine addresses the drawbacks of petrol and diesel designs. As a result, it cuts both fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The project, NICE, was supported by the European Commission.
  • Introducing greener cars on our roads
    Published on: 15/09/2011
    Green alternatives to conventional cars are needed fast – for the sake of the environment, and the health of the European economy. But a lot more innovation is needed to make greener cars ready for mass production. To speed things up and encourage cost-sharing, the European Commission is promoting cooperation at every stage – often between commercial rivals.  
  • Driverless Heathrow pods demonstrate the unimaginable
    Published on: 06/09/2011
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    London Heathrow airport has recently introduced driverless pods to connect Terminal 5 with its car parks, replacing a regular bus service. A hit with travellers and techies alike, these pods are being introduced on the road with support from the European Commission’s Framework Programme for research.
  • Towards a common European train
    Published on: 26/08/2011
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    Rail interoperability is needed to ensure that the European trains of tomorrow will enjoy the same freedom of travel as the EU’s citizens do today. This is why the European Commission funded the MODTRAIN research project, which worked on standardising the numerous components that make up a train, as well as the interfaces between them.
  • What the European Commission is funding in air transport research
    Published on: 25/07/2011
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    Air transport has become a corner stone of our economy and the path to our mobility. This video shows some of the fascinating research that is done with the help of FP7 funding for air transport and aeronautics to make air transport safer, greener and more competitive.
  • Innovation brings new road safety measures to market
    Published on: 29/06/2011
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    A chest protection device that was developed following European research into improving ‘passive’ safety for road users is now available on the market.
  • Research on the road to green cars
    Published on: 09/06/2011
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    The European Parliament had an opportunity to see progress made in the European Green Car Initiative (EGCI) on 31 May 2011. Many of the automotive firms involved in EGCI projects exhibited their latest vehicles, while a workshop reported to MEPs of the Science and Technology Options Assessment (STOA) Committee.
  • Nano Powered Carsexternal link
    Published on: 31/05/2011
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    How can electric cars increase their driving range before they need to stop and recharge? Traditional batteries cannot keep up with the high storage demand but the complete redesign of lithium ion batteries open up new possibilities
  • European research to reduce volcanic ash impact
    Published on: 31/05/2011
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    As a new outburst by an Icelandic volcano threatens once again to bring European air transport to a standstill, the European Commission is supporting research into the impact of ash on aircrafts in flight. The aim is to be able to respond more effectively to such rare but high-impact events.
  • Progress in the development of rechargeable batteries through nanotechnologyexternal link
    Published on: 26/05/2011
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    Researchers are testing different ways of improving rechargeable batteries for electric vehicles and nanotechnology plays an important role in the development. The aim is to offer batteries that have fast charge and discharge rates as well as high stored energy per mass. This can make electric vehicles a competitive alternative to petrol-powered vehicles
  • 'TIFFE' outlines innovative vehicle temperature management system
    Published on: 25/05/2011
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    The EU-funded 'TIFFE' project has developed a new vehicle with an innovative front-end design and advanced components for more efficient heat radiation and onboard cooling, and better fuel economy.
  • Dr. Mario Conte: “Ionic liquids make new and better-performing supercapacitators greener”external link
    Published on: 24/05/2011
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    The supercapacitators that Dr Mario Conte develops with his European partners in the ILHYPOS project will be used to enhance the batteries in electric vehicles as well as hybrids or those using combustible batteries; besides that, they will be more environmentally-friendly thanks to the use of ionic liquids
  • Going beyond ‘niche’: innovative public transport for the masses
    Published on: 11/05/2011
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    The EU-supported ‘Niches+’ project recently held its final conference, which included the prize ceremony for the Osmose Awards, honouring local and regional authorities that have introduced new measures for sustainable urban transport.
  • 'TelliBox' delivers better system for intermodal freight transport
    Published on: 29/03/2011
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    The EU-funded TelliBox project has optimised available loading space in freight vehicles, promising more efficient transport of goods.
  • Dr. Jörg WIND: “Performance of vehicles with fuel cells is twice as high as those with combustion engines, but safety issues cannot be neglected”external link
    Published on: 17/03/2011
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    Hybrid electric cars offer many advantages for the future. On the road, they don't produce any greenhouse gas emissions and are also twice as efficient in terms of energy, but safety systems have to be developed to make these vehicles trustworthy
  • A new supercapacitor to improve power and efficiency and increase battery life of electric vehiclesexternal link
    Published on: 04/02/2011
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    The first generation of electric vehicles had limited operating distance, poor acceleration and poor battery life;a new accumulation system - the ILHYPOS supercapacitor - can improve performance, power, efficiency and increase the life of the batteries
  • Tune Up Your Electric Car!external link
    Published on: 03/02/2011
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    A new invention by Italian researchers could provide a significant boost in the performance and efficiency of electric cars. “The ILHYPOS supercapacitor can improve the performance of your electric vehicle, particularly the power, efficiency and duration of the battery”, says Mario Conte project coordinator of the European Research Project ILHYPOS
  • Hydrogen: The Green Fuel Of The Futureexternal link
    Published on: 31/01/2011
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    Engineers from 28 research institutions have combined their expertise to make significant improvements to the electric powered car. They worked on fuel cell technology and electric drive systems to build a car which is cost efficient, satisfies the customers and is ready for mass production. Working together within the European research project HySYS, their aim was to create a standard of the improved and newly invented components
  • European research looks into sustainable solutions for an innovative high quality bus systemexternal link
    Published on: 18/01/2011
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    This winter has not helped the image of public transportation. Trains and busses were often running late, adding to the many other nuisances of public transport such as crowded carriages, uncomfortable travelling or the inefficient exchange of vehicles. At least, this is the perception of millions of commuters in Europe. But not everywhere
  • Bus of the Futureexternal link
    Published on: 17/01/2011
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    Punctuality, comfortable travelling, efficient exchange of vehicles. It sounds like a dream, but for Umberto Guida it’s a vision. Guida works for the international Association of Public Transport and coordinates the research project EBSF, European Bus System of the Future, which aims to improve bus services in seven different European cities
  • Prof. Hermann Knoflacher: “Our car-addicted society is not easy to handle so we have to make changes step by step to improve sustainable mobility”external link
    Published on: 14/01/2011
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    Prof. Hermann Knoflacher has been active in the sustainable mobility field for about 40 years. He is conducting research in sustainable transport at the Institute for Traffic Planning and Traffic Engineering at the Vienna University of Technology in Austria. He talked about sustainable mobility development and his scientific solution
  • Dr. David O. Kronlid: “If you think about the existential dimension of mobility you also have to embrace the fact that there are values integrated in the use of mobility technology”external link
    Published on: 11/01/2011
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    Dr. David O. Kronlid at Uppsala University in Sweden is conducting research in environmental ethics, mobility and climate change justice. He talked about mobility at the core of climate change research and policy
  • Innovative concepts of urban mobilityexternal link
    Published on: 22/12/2010
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    The Civitas Mimosa European project, working together with the citizens towards a new and innovative concept of urban mobility, is identifying where traffic congestion can be handled more effectively and how pollution can be reduced in the city center
  • City Closure Increases Mobilityexternal link
    Published on: 20/12/2010
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    With the increase in car numbers on our roads the pollution and congestion in our cities is growing rapidly. This situation becomes problematic especially for city centres with historic heritage like Bologna by CORINNA LÜCKE (Dec. '10)
  • Monitoring dangerous vehicles whilst in motionexternal link
    Published on: 17/12/2010
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    A European research project has tested the use of 3D cameras alongside the highways and sensors embedded in the roadside to detect dangerous, overloaded trucks as they move. The system enables a reduction in accidents, protects the road infrastructure and reduces fuel consumption and pollution by ensuring conformity to weight controls
  • 'Beauty' project developing better biofuel engine
    Published on: 15/12/2010
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    An EU-funded collaboration between universities and industry is overcoming limitations in current technologies to develop new bioethanol engines.
  • Automated Truck Inspectionexternal link
    Published on: 13/12/2010
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    Total control on a Bavarian motorway: European researchers and German Police set up a test zone for extensive traffic monitoring. Their goal is to identify overloaded trucks which destroy roads and cause accidents and traffic jams
  • How are we reducing greenhouse gas emissions from urban mobility?external link
    Published on: 10/12/2010
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    Forty percent of all road transport CO2 emissions come from urban mobility, according to the European Commission. Many projects aim to reduce greenhouse emissions while simultaneously improving mobility
  • 'CityMove' looks to future of urban freight
    Published on: 07/12/2010
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    With the majority of the population in Europe now living in urban areas and the bulk of industrial production being dispatched to these areas, the demand for freight transport in cities is at an all-time high.
  • Making progress on public transport accessibility
    Published on: 29/11/2010
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    EU-funded research projects, including 'Mediate' and 'Access2All' are finding new ways to get the disabled, elderly and other 'transport vulnerable' citizens into the public transport system. In doing so, they are making it easier for everyone to enjoy more efficient mobility.
  • Matthew Turner: “Reduced weight, aerodynamics and fully recyclable composites to make freight transport greener”external link
    Published on: 27/10/2010
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    A new composite material made of plastics, 75% lighter but almost as strong as steel, was created within the EU research project CLEANMOULD. Matthew Turner, composite engineer at EPL Composite Solutions, an independent research centre in Leicestershire, is the project coordinator
  • The Plastic Trailer: a green revolution in transportexternal link
    Published on: 27/10/2010
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    An aerodynamic shaped plastic truck trailer that is as solid as one made from steel but weighs 1200 kg less: Composite Engineers from an independent research centre in Loughborough, UK, succeeded in the development of a new material that could save up to 15 percent of fuel in freight transport
  • New rail driver's cab points way to future
    Published on: 22/10/2010
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    The EU-funded 'EUDDplus' project has achieved new milestones on the way to the safer and more standardised rail transport driver's cab of the future.
  • EU-funded fuel cell vehicle performs like conventional car
    Published on: 29/09/2010
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    The HyTRAN vehicle is an electric prototype equipped with a complete fuel cell system. Essentially a modified Fiat Panda, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 kph in just 13 seconds.
  • Cars without drivers – not science fiction
    Published on: 22/09/2010
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    During the recent 'car-free' day in Brussels, an event organised each year in conjunction with European Mobility Week, members of the public got a chance to try out the latest 'cybercars' – small autonomous vehicles for public transport.
  • Prof. Kypros Pilakoutas: “An economic, long lasting and energy efficient material”external link
    Published on: 06/09/2010
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    Within the European Research project ECOLANES scientists have developed a dry mix concrete which is reinforced with the recycled steel fibres. Their aim was to make the production of the concrete as energy efficient as possible, and using recycled materials is a key factor
  • Recycled Streetsexternal link
    Published on: 06/09/2010
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    Making traffic more environmentally friendly is not only about vehicle technology. Prof Pilakoutas from the University of Sheffield and his team have created an innovative concrete that saves energy and makes waste tyre recycling economically more attractive by CORINNA LÜCKE (Sep. '10)
  • Making train interiors safer for passengers
    Published on: 01/09/2010
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    The 'SafeInteriors' project is developing new methods for designing and testing furniture, components and systems associated with train vehicle interiors.
  • Michael Melz: “Reducing weight to achieve better fuel efficiency is the right approach. But it is one among many ways”external link
    Published on: 04/08/2010
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    A reduction of 100 kilograms sounds impressive. But if you compare the cars of today with the cars our parents used to drive, something odd emerges
  • Dr. Martin Goede: “Not a super light car, but a 35% lighter body than the standard used today. Still an important step to limit car emissions”external link
    Published on: 04/08/2010
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    The European Union limits car emissions. A challenge that the industry now tries to tackle through weight reduction
  • Werner Schönewolf: “The last mile is the most expensive in the logistic world. We want to overcome this last mile with a micro-carrier”external link
    Published on: 04/08/2010
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    Freight delivery services have their own challenges when operating in the inner cities. The logistic experts working on the European funded FIDEUS project have taken this problem as a central issue for a complete redesign of the urban freight logistics by REBECCA PARSONS (Aug ’10)
  • EU research targets marine oil spills
    Published on: 27/07/2010
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    A new EU-funded research project is developing monitoring and recognition systems to combat pollution caused by maritime transport and other marine activities.
  • New aircraft engine designs reduce CO2 emissions
    Published on: 22/07/2010
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    The EU-funded NEWAC project has delivered new engine designs to help Europe meet pressing emission targets for air transport.
  • First ever 'naturalistic' study to monitor motorbike drivers
    Published on: 19/07/2010
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    The EU-funded '2BESAFE' project will carry out a groundbreaking study of motorbike and scooter driver behaviour, known to be a major contributing factor in two-wheeler crashes.
  • Building cockpits for safer and more efficient aviation
    Published on: 13/07/2010
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    The 'ALICIA' project is developing systems to improve the safety of landing and taxiing operations, and to increase the efficiency of the air transport network. The target date is 2020, but some technologies could be operational much sooner.
  • World records for EU-funded fuel cell-powered aircraft
    Published on: 09/07/2010
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    A hydrogen fuel cell-powered aircraft developed by the 'ENFICA-FC' project has completed a number of successful test flights out of Reggio Emilia airport in Italy, establishing new speed and endurance records for electrically powered class C aeroplanes.
  • Electric Parcel Serviceexternal link
    Published on: 06/07/2010
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    An electrically powered micro-carrier could soon revolutionize the way parcel services operate in inner cities. (Jun ’10)
  • Solid ground for pedestrians on footbridges
    Published on: 06/07/2010
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    Bringing walkers into the urban transport fold, 'YEAR 2010' award winner Sifiso Nhleko has developed an innovative and inexpensive method for testing the structural integrity of footbridges before they are built.
  • Infrastructure and renewable energy for FCV’sexternal link
    Published on: 21/06/2010
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    Our society lacks hydrogen refuelling stations for fuel cell vehicles (FCV’s) and we have a long way to go before obtaining all energy from renewable sources. However, interesting projects are developing in this area
  • Innovative monitoring for road transport safety
    Published on: 18/06/2010
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    The EU-funded 'ASSET-Road' project has opened a new test site on the A8 Salzburg-Munich motorway in Germany. The objective is to reduce the number of serious road accidents, especially those linked to heavy goods transport.
  • Making road transport more intelligent
    Published on: 18/06/2010
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    A key contributor to this year's Transport Research Arena (TRA) Conference, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Information Society and Media (DG INFSO) works to develop and deploy applications based on information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the transport sector.
  • ACARE Goals Progress Evaluation
    Published on: 16/06/2010