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Research projects - Road

  • Demonstrating better urban road transport solutions (Straightsol)
    Published on: 09/09/2013
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • Assessing vehicle compatibility in road accidents (Fimcar)
    Published on: 12/03/2013
    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.
  • Protecting our most vulnerable road users
    Published on: 05/02/2013
    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
    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.
  • 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.
  • Road train approaching
    Published on: 19/01/2012
    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.
  • Nice - A new era for the internal combustion engine
    Published on: 11/10/2011
    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
    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.
  • Innovation brings new road safety measures to market
    Published on: 29/06/2011
    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
    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.
  • 'TIFFE' outlines innovative vehicle temperature management system
    Published on: 25/05/2011
    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.
  • Going beyond ‘niche’: innovative public transport for the masses
    Published on: 11/05/2011
    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
    The EU-funded TelliBox project has optimised available loading space in freight vehicles, promising more efficient transport of goods.
  • 'Beauty' project developing better biofuel engine
    Published on: 15/12/2010
    An EU-funded collaboration between universities and industry is overcoming limitations in current technologies to develop new bioethanol engines.
  • 'CityMove' looks to future of urban freight
    Published on: 07/12/2010
    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
    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.
  • New rail driver's cab points way to future
    Published on: 22/10/2010
    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
    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.
  • First ever 'naturalistic' study to monitor motorbike drivers
    Published on: 19/07/2010
    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.
  • Innovative monitoring for road transport safety
    Published on: 18/06/2010
    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
    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.
  • Weighing up the results of EU-funded rail research
    Published on: 20/04/2010
    The ERRAC ROADMAP project is working to promote a more systematic and focused approach to the use of rail transport sector resources. In a recent workshop in Brussels, participants discussed lessons learned from past research projects, with a view to enhancing real market uptake of results.
  • SARTRE project presents exciting new road transport scheme
    Published on: 02/03/2010
    The EU-funded 'SARTRE' project is developing and testing new technologies to enable vehicles to travel together safely in 'road trains' on unmodified public motorways.
  • Research projects look at transport and climate change
    Published on: 29/01/2010
    Two new EU-funded projects have set out to examine the effects of changing weather patterns on transport in Europe. 'EWENT' and 'WEATHER' will carry out in-depth analyses, assess the hazards and propose response strategies.
  • International Co-operation project aims to improve transport services in cities hosting major sporting events
    Published on: 22/01/2010
    Partners in the EU-funded 'STADIUM' project will look for ways to improve transport services for large events in big cities, including the South Africa World Cup, the India Commonwealth Games and the London Olympics.
  • 'LITEBUS' – the bus that bounced
    Published on: 16/11/2009
    LITEBUS, an EU-funded project set to reduce the weight and production costs of urban public transport, has developed a sandwich composite material to replace both steel and aluminium frames for buses. The composite renders the vehicles safer and more eco-friendly.
  • ‘iTREN 2030’
    Published on: 28/10/2009
    More than 60 experts from the European Commission, national governments, industry and the researcher community met in Brussels on 21 October for the final presentation of the iTREN-2030 project, which has developed an integrated scenario for energy and transport in Europe.
  • Intelligent transport projects in focus
    Published on: 28/10/2009
    With the focus on intelligent transport systems for use in daily life, EU research projects looking to expand practical applications were on show at the 16th ITS Congress in Stockholm.
  • Road infrastructure projects bridge gap between newer and older EU Member States
    Published on: 07/09/2009
    The results of the trailblazing 'ARCHES' and 'SPENS' projects have been presented in Ljubljana, at a conference hosted by ZAG, Slovenia’s National Building and Civil Engineering Institute.
  • 'HeavyRoute' project presents final results
    Published on: 03/08/2009
    A key EU-funded research project aimed at improving road safety and capacity while reducing impacts on the environment and maintenance costs held its final meeting in Brussels in June 2009.
  • Putting the ‘super’ in Europe's capacity for green power
    Published on: 03/08/2009
    With the rise in demand for green transportation, European researchers in the 'ILHYPOS' project have developed a new supercapacitor that could help power the next generation of electric cars.
  • Reducing car weight and cutting down greenhouse gas emissions
    Published on: 08/06/2009
    A new lighter weight car frame unveiled by EU-funded ‘SuperLight-Car’ project could provide the structure on which to rebuild Europe’s ailing auto industry – and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
  • 'TOPMACS' – more progress on 'greener' air-conditioning
    Published on: 26/08/2008
    Once considered a luxury option, air conditioning is becoming more and more common in new cars as a standard feature, but both public authorities and consumers are demanding greater attention to the environmental impact of air conditioning systems, in terms of greenhouse gas emissions and impacts on fuel consumption.
  • 'B-COOL' project developing eco-friendly car air conditioning
    Published on: 19/08/2008
    The EU-funded B-COOL project, set to end in 2008, has been developing a new, high-efficiency, low-cost air-conditioning system for small, A and B segment cars, using CO2 as a refrigerant.
  • ‘iTREN 2030’ joining the dots
    Published on: 14/01/2008
    More than 45 experts from the European Commission, national governments, industry and the researcher community met in Brussels on 27 November 2007 for the iTREN-2030 project workshop. Among the questions they asked was how to predict the combined effects of EU-wide policies on energy, transport, economy and the environment.
  • ‘FELICITAS’ for heavy-duty transport powertrains
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    The FELICITAS Integrated Project is focusing on the development of fuel cell (FC) drive trains capable of meeting the exacting demands of heavy-duty transport for road, rail and marine applications.
  • CITYMOBIL: advanced road transport for the urban environment
    Published on: 08/11/2007
    Partners in the EU-funded CITYMOBIL project presented their work at the Podcar City International PRT conference on 1-2 October 2007 in Uppsala, Sweden.
  • ‘POMEROL’ makes steady progress on new fuel cell technologies
    Published on: 18/07/2007
    The EU-funded POMEROL project on clean battery technologies held its mid-term meeting in Bordeaux, France on 1 June 2007. The event featured several milestone decisions, including the choice of chemical components for new lithium batteries for fuel cell hybrids.
  • EU-funded ‘HyICE’ project a major step forward for hydrogen
    Published on: 30/03/2007
    On 27 February 2007, project partners, invited guests and members of the press heard coordinators and EU officials at BMW Group’s Research and Technology facility in Munich describe the HyICE project as a resounding success and a model of the Commission’s Integrated Project (IP) formula.
  • Efficient high-performing hydrogen engines are a step closer, thanks to EU research funding
    Published on: 06/03/2007
    Researchers from Germany, Sweden, France and Austria, working together within an EU-funded research project and with US partners, have developed a new type of hydrogen technology that will lead to new and more efficient engines. The Hydrogen Internal Combustion Engine (HyICE) project has tested ways to make hydrogen-fuelled engines that are as efficient as current diesel engines, yet non-polluting, and with little or no trade-off in terms of engine size and power.
  • ‘EURO-TRANS’ hits the ground running
    Published on: 01/02/2007
    The EU-funded EURO-TRANS initiative is promoting and supporting the participation of small and medium size enterprises in European surface transport research projects. Partners met at a launch meeting in Brussels on 16 January 2007 to discuss actions and objectives.
  • AC-DC
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The prime objective of AC-DC is to develop a concept, which radically enhances automotive manufacturing in order to achieve the high level of responsiveness required for a 5-day car according to customer specifications, and to validate/demonstrate the novel approach using the characteristic component lightweight chassis as a master.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The overall goal of the proposed project is to develop ways of raising the standard of highway structures in the new Member States and Central and Eastern European Countries to the level necessary for their full economic integration into the EU and for the future development of the Union.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project will bring together major players from the automotive industry across Europe. They will discuss, debate and document various aspects related to the effective use of engineering simulation techniques such as finite element analysis, computational fluid dynamics and multi body simulation.
  • B-COOL
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project aims at developing a new high-efficiency, low-cost air-conditioning system using CO2 as a refrigerant for small cars (A and B segments). Methods to assess performance, annual fuel consumption and environmental impact will be identified, constituting a preliminary step for new EU standards.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The objective of the CITYMOBIL project is to achieve a more effective organisation of urban transport. At three sites, Heathrow, Castellón and Rome, large-scale demonstrators will be set up to supply proof of concept of innovative automated transport systems integrated in the urban environment.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    ECO-ENGINES aims to set up a virtual research centre (VRC) on advanced engine combustion modes for road transport, giving special emphasis to the use of alternative and renewable fuels, and establishing it as a world reference in the domain.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    ERTRAC II is the continuation of the Coordination Action ERTRAC (see synopses ERTRAC/506525). ERTRAC II aims at supporting the European tehnology platform, ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council). ERTRAC set up the basic structure for the technology platform and created the Vision and strategic research agenda (SRA), and ERTRAC II is focussing on updating the SRA and on its implementation.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    In the GREEN project, European HD engine manufacturers join forces with suppliers, academia and leading engineering institutes. The common goal is to promote future advanced engine technologies to achieve lower emissions, lower fuel consumption and improved sustainability for future fuels.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The general objective of APROSYS is the development and introduction of critical technologies that will improve passive safety for all European road users in all relevant accident types and severities.
  • APSN
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Following the mobilisation of critical R&D mass on vehicle passive safety in EU Thematic Network projects like PSN & EVPSN2, APSN is aiming at a durable integrated European vehicle passive safety research and implementation programme, and the creation of a virtual institute (VI).
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CERTAIN is a CA that aims to facilitate integration of the new Member States and other Central European countries into the established research and development community of the EU. The project will provide the clustering environment for EC research projects on road infrastructure.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    CLEANENGINE is focused on developing modern clean internal combustion engines based on liquid biofuels coming from biomass (biodiesel and bioethanol) and environmentally friendly and ash-free lubes and/or lubrication concepts. The objective is to increase efficiency and minimise harmful emissions.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This project is about the eco-conception of automobiles by using adhesive joining technologies, which include active systems providing for further easy dismantling of bonded parts, at the end of a vehicle’s life or at a maintenance stage, and finding the technologies for activating these systems.
  • EcoLanes
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Infrastructure for surface transport will be developed using slip forming techniques based on existing asphalt laying equipment and steel fibre reinforced concrete. The new construction concept will reduce construction costs, time and energy consumption, minimise maintenance and make use of waste materials.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    ERTRAC is the European Technology Platform on road transport research. This action is aiming at a better alignment of European, national and private research activities for more economic efficiency, quality of results and reduced time to applying innovation. It is ERTRAC’s mission to explore these opportunities and make specific recommendations for implementation. ERTRAC’s inclusion of all major road transport actors makes it unique and allows a truly holistic and integrated view of road transpo...
  • HeavyRoute
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The objective of HeavyRoute is to develop an advanced route guidance system for deriving the safest and most cost-effective routes for road freight transport throughout Europe. The system will take into account road user needs, vehicle operating and environmental costs, but also maintenance costs due to the deterioration of roads and bridges.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    HI-CEPS aims to develop highly integrated powertrains and related thermal-electric auxiliaries for hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) to be verified at bench and vehicle validation levels. The developed devices have to satisfy both the environmental and final-user requirements for the 2010-12 mass market.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The internal combustion engine is ideally suited for hydrogen application since it offers high-power density at relatively low cost. HyICE is an initiative for automotive hydrogen engine development, which will provide economically feasible and environmentally friendly solutions for the increasing mobility demand.
  • HyTRAN
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The overall objectives of HyTRAN are to advance the fuel-cell technology towards a commercially viable solution by developing components and a system. Two innovative integrated fuel-cell systems will be demonstrated:
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The ILHYPOS project aims at developing green, safe, powerful and high-energy hybrid supercapacitors for application as peak power smoothing and energy recuperation devices in fuel-cell (PEM) powered electric vehicles and in small energy production plants (such as CHPs).
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    An in-vehicle sensor, detecting hydrocarbons (HCs), carbon monoxide (CO) and particles in the exhaust is to be developed using the spectroscopic narrow-band absorption technology in infrared. The fast response will make it possible to control emissions during transient operating conditions.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project aims at coordinating the dissemination of research on the use of low-noise road surfaces in European countries that have less access and experience in that field. A complementary objective is to promote European harmonisation in the field of road-surface noise classification.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Multimaterial technology (sandwich and/or hybrid materials) is becoming increasingly important in new vehicle design. Public service vehicles (buses and coaches) are regarded as primary targets for application of sandwich construction and multimaterials, which play a major role in the transportation industry of both industrialised and developing countries. The proposed project will be focused on the development of a novel technology to manufacture bus/coach bodies using multimaterial sandwich pa...
  • NICE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The NICE Integrated Project was proposed by the European automotive industry, and given the highest responsibility level. The main objective of NICE is to develop a new integrated combustion system that, independent of the type of fuel, achieves the highest fuel conversion efficiency.
  • NR2C
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    What will the European road system look like in 2040? How can innovation deliver solutions to the challenges of the future? These are the two questions which NR2C aims to answer. NR2C provides a long-term vision of road infrastructure, based on new concepts, and develops specific innovations to support this vision in three areas: urban, interurban and bridges.
  • PISa
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of this project is to develop and use new technologies to provide integrated safety systems for a range of powered two-wheelers, which will greatly improve primary safety. PISa will contribute to the general EU target of 50% reduction in road accident fatalities.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    POMEROL intends to develop high-powered, low-cost and intrinsically safe lithium-ion batteries by using a breakthrough in materials. The materials and batteries will be used for fuel-cell hybrid and conventional hybrid drivetrain automotive applications.
  • SIM
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SIM project deals with the development of an innovative concept vehicle with new safety devices that will result in a decrease in the number of powered two-wheelers (PTW) accidents and related consequences for riders. An integrated (matrix) approach to solve safety issues for PTWs will be implemented.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SIMBA aims to increase road transport research co-operation between Europe and the emerging markets of China, India, Brazil and South Africa by establishing a collaboration network that will bring together the key stakeholders in the field of intelligent transport systems (ITS), road infrastructures and automotive developments.
  • SLC
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    SLC pools the expertise and resources of 38 organisations to develop new lightweight vehicle concepts up to 50% lighter than present high-volume cars. SLC will address present limitations on advanced material processing, multi-material joining technologies and simulation tools (crash, fatigue, cost and sustainability).
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of the project is to develop appropriate tools and procedures for the rapid rehabilitation of road pavements using materials that would:
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The project is focused on the selection and assessment of an integrated active after-treatment system, compliant with Euro V regulations and beyond and capable of superior performances pursued via the generation of activated chemical agents via two alternative ways, a catalytic and an energy-based approach.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    TRAIN-ALL aims to develop a computer-based training system for the training and assessment of different land-based driver cohorts (motorcycle riders, novices, emergency drivers and truck drivers) that integrates multimedia software, driving simulator, virtual driving simulator and onboard vehicle sensors into a single modular platform.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The objective of the project is to enable information exchange between onboard truck information systems and external information systems, through standard and open information interfaces.
  • HOPE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    In order to increase the fuel economy of vehicles, efficient electric drivetrains are needed for conventional or fuel cell-based hybrid cars. Affordable high-density power electronics are a precondition. HOPE has two approaches: a low-cost solution and a more advanced high-temperature solution without liquid cooling.
  • HP FUTURE-Bridge
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The overall objective of the project is the development of a high-performance and cost-effective construction concept for bridges based on the application of fibre-reinforced polymers (FRP) for rapid infrastructure renewal in the new Member States (NMS) and beyond.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The overall goal of HyHEELS is to provide an UltraCap energy storage system for the use in hybrid- and fuel-cell vehicles, which satisfies all the properties necessary to make an integrative component.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The objective of the project is the research on low-cost components for fuel-cell (FC) systems and electric drive systems, which can be used in future hybridised FC vehicles (a medium-term objective) and ICE vehicles. The components will be integrated and validated in two vehicles.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The INTRO project aims to address the problems of road safety and capacity by combining sensing technologies and local databases with real-time networking technologies. This will improve both road safety and capacity by providing rapid feedback on emerging problems to maintenance authorities and road users.
  • IPSY
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Future diesel car engines will have ‘conventional’ combustion at high and full loads, and partial homogeneous combustion at low loads with different emissions. This makes necessary to develop new cleaning devices. To ensure soot regeneration at the resulting low NO/NO2 and exhaust temperature levels, the research will develop a compact porous media design for the trap, with tuneable particle collection and multifunction catalytic nanostructured materials together with the needed control strategi...
  • ISLE
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    This proposal aims to develop an innovative manufacturing technology to produce a new generation of headlamps for vehicles, which will be the basis for a future car-to-car or car-to-infrastructure communication system. To achieve this, a new production process needs to be developed, combining LED chips into a packaging which already forms the beam, with minimised losses. This proposal aims at simplifying the production process of headlamps by:
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    Road traffic is steadily increasing. The objective here is to provide tools to investigate new road surfaces, which will lower noise emission, lower fuel consumption and meet safety requirements. It will demonstrate the implementation of virtually prototyped road surfaces.
  • MISS
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    MISS aims to develop an innovative platform to dynamically sense and predict natural and infrastructure conditions. This project wants to increase the safety of both citizens and operators by enabling a just-in-time intelligent computation of an open dynamic road surveillance network.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    OPTO-EMI-SENSE involves the research and development of novel optical fibre-based sensors for monitoring exhaust gas emissions and temperature in modern road vehicles. Novel sensors will be deployed on board the vehicle to provide monitoring and control in order to minimise atmospheric pollution.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim of this project is to provide a comprehensive, system-oriented view on potentially new after-treatment processes that will be required for the next HCCI (homogeneous charge compression ignition) combustion systems, taking into account the next fuel generation.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The REACT project represents a breakthrough towards the long-term vision of significantly reducing traffic deaths and improving the transport infrastructure’s efficiency. REACT will sense natural and infrastructure conditions within and near each equipped vehicle. By using mobile vehicle sensors, REACT will ultimately cover all roads, and not just interurban routes where existing traffic management systems tend to be located.
  • SEES
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The SEES project aims to develop sustainable, clean, cost- and eco-effective electrical and electronic system (EES) prototypes and end-of-life processes. SEES follows a life-cycle approach considering all life-cycle steps, including design, pre-production at suppliers, production, assembly, use and end-of-life of automotive EES.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The goal of the project is to develop mobile air conditioning systems (MACS) with a reduced impact on the environment. The systems will be considered for two vehicle applications: passenger cars and trucks.
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The aim is to construct a platform for exchanging information and strategic planning of RTD projects on an internal combustion powertrain running on new fuels. This CA will identify links and favour integration by targeting pollutant/CO2 reduction and energy supply security.
  • EU-funded ‘HyHEELS’ takes new approach to fuel cells
    Published on: 17/08/2006
    The HyHEELS project (Hybrid high-energy electrical storage) is developing an ‘UltraCap’ energy storage system that is suitable for hybrid and fuel cell automotive applications. Partners say HyHEELs is an important step in the drive towards ‘well to wheel’ energy efficiency.
  • EU-funded CLEVER prototype makes exciting debut
    Published on: 20/04/2006
    CLEVER is a three-metre-long and one-metre-wide tilting three-wheeler with room for a driver and one passenger, developed with EU support and aimed at alleviating rising urban transport congestion. On 10 April 2006, this sleek and exciting new vehicle was unveiled in Berlin where project partners, journalists and interested parties were allowed to test drive it for themselves.
  • ‘CALMing’ influence – European noise pollution network
    Published on: 26/10/2004
    Noise is more than a vexation for millions of Europeans; it can cause real health problems. European and national legislation aimed at controlling noise pollution has had a modicum of success but problems persist. Intensive research is still required to boost law-making and policy-making efforts. An EU-supported network called CALM has spent the past three years drawing lines between current noise abatement research and technology and EU regulations and policies in this field....
  • ‘ELVAS’ – key technologies to improve car efficiency
    Published on: 11/10/2004
    The EU-funded ELVAS project has successfully designed, produced and tested an improved electromagnetic valve actuation system for car engines, delivering optimised fuel efficiency and reducing CO2 emissions.
  • Lean and Green - the Clever vehicle
    Published on: 19/07/2004
    Current mobility trends are unsustainable - in simple words, we use our cars too much. They congest our cities and harm our health. However, we cannot stop driving altogether. A European consortium is designing a better-behaved vehicle for the future: cleaner, quieter, leaner - and stylish.
  • ‘INTRANSNET’ – building co-operation between transport researchers
    Published on: 06/07/2004
    An efficient transport network, including air, road, marine and rail systems, is a crucial prerequisite for Europe’s economic growth. This means maintaining good communications between the various actors involved in transport research, from basic physical research and engineering on land transport and intelligent traffic systems through to seat comfort modelling for trains and planes.
  • ‘LIVALVES’ - European and Chinese collaboration leads to possible breakthrough
    Published on: 10/06/2004
    New valve technologies for car engines could make a real difference in terms of fuel consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. With some expert help from Chinese friends, researchers have breathed new life into an EU-funded project that looked ready to fail.
  • ‘CLEANRCAB’ – targeting in-vehicle air quality
    Published on: 10/05/2004
    An EU-funded project is developing an innovative air quality management system for a healthy, comfortable and safe in-vehicle environment.
  • APROSYS and APSN – new EU-funded actions target road safety
    Published on: 22/04/2004
    Launched on 6 April 2004 in Brussels, APROSYS is an ambitious new initiative aimed at improving passive safety for European road users. Its kick-off meeting was followed on 7 April by the launch of the related European Advanced Passive Safety Network (APSN).
  • ‘RATIN’ project reducing car tyre noise
    Published on: 04/03/2004
    The EU-funded RATIN project is creating a mathematical model of how car tyres produce noise. Team members say subtle changes in both road and tyre design could significantly reduce traffic din.
  • ‘CUTE’ buses bring fuel cell-powered transport to London
    Published on: 15/01/2004
    On 16 December 2003, transport authorities in London received three fuel cell-powered buses as part of the European Union’s CUTE (Clean Urban Transport for Europe) project. The city will operate the buses on a central route beginning in January 2004.
  • Lightening the atmosphere with low-weight cars
    Published on: 15/01/2004
    Most people understand that a heavy car is a slow car, but weight also increases an automobile’s burden on the environment. In order to meet Europe’s Kyoto commitments, car manufacturers are looking at a number of technologies for reducing vehicle weight. A recent workshop looked into EU-backed projects that will lighten the load on the atmosphere while maintaining stringent safety standards.
  • Learning road safety from dummies
    Published on: 12/12/2003
    A new breed of nimble crash-test dummy with life-like movement is hitting the road to teach European scientists how car accidents affect the human body. Researchers hope the new prototype will provide insights that will enable them to increase the ‘passive safety’ of Europe’s cars and roads.
  • The virtual route to safer cars
    Published on: 12/12/2003
    Crash-test dummies and physical impact tests can only be used to analyse a limited range of accident types and are extremely expensive to run. As two EU-backed projects are demonstrating, computer simulations will one day offer a far more versatile and cost-effective alternative.