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Research projects - Urban mobility

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • '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.
  • Cars without drivers – not science fiction
    Published on: 22/09/2010
    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.
  • Making train interiors safer for passengers
    Published on: 01/09/2010
    The 'SafeInteriors' project is developing new methods for designing and testing furniture, components and systems associated with train vehicle interiors.
  • 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.
  • Solid ground for pedestrians on footbridges
    Published on: 06/07/2010
    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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 'VIAJEO' for more efficient travel, transport planning
    Published on: 21/12/2009
    The newly launched EU-funded VIAJEO project will design, demonstrate and implement an IT-based open platform to collect and process data for travel information and transport planning in cities in Europe, China and Brazil.
  • 'CONCERTOUR' – transport for tourism
    Published on: 02/12/2009
    The CONCERTOUR project, developing new strategies and solutions for sustainable tourism, has held its final conference in Rome. Participants from across Europe discussed results and looked towards further research linking tourism and transport.
  • '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.
  • '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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • ‘GLOBAL VIEW’ bringing railway world closer together
    Published on: 01/02/2007
    The Specific Support Action GLOBAL VIEW is disseminating the results of selected EU projects and learning from similar projects in India, China and Russia, identifying needs and priorities for joint international rail research projects.
  • Modular Urban-guided Rail Systems
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The main target of the MODURBAN project is to design, develop and test an innovative and open common core system architecture and its key interfaces, in preparation for the next generations of urban-guided public transport systems.
  • New Concepts for Turnouts in Urban Rail Transit Infrastructures
    Published on: 30/01/2007
    The word ‘turnout’ describes the junction in trackwork where lines diverge or converge. Although a turnout consists of several components, this project focuses on the most expensive component: the frog. The frog is the section of the turnout that enables the wheel that is running on one rail to literally cross over another rail. The project considers the following types of frogs: cast manganese, welded, moveable nose, flange bearing and deep groove. The TURNOUTS project focuses on the design and...
  • Land transport research: putting Europe’s railway infrastructure on the right track
    Published on: 17/05/2005
    The European Commission is promoting a coordinated research strategy for Europe’s extensive railway systems. Officials say investment at both national and EU levels and by public and private organisations is crucial.
  • MODURBAN – next generation urban rail systems
    Published on: 23/03/2005
    Partners representing major rail integrators, suppliers, operators, research centres and the Union of the European Railway Industries (UNIFE) met in Brussels on 27 January 2005 for the kick-off meeting of EU Integrated Project MODURBAN (Modular urban guided rail systems).
  • ‘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.
  • ‘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.