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Strengthening Road Transport Research Co-operation between Europe and Emerging International Markets

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.

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Every year more than 1.17 million people die and over 10 million are crippled in road accidents around the world. Road accidents cost about 1% to 3% of a country’s annual GDP, which amounts to approximately €110 billion every year for developing countries, almost twice as much as the total development assistance they receive. These losses undoubtedly inhibit the economic and social development of these countries. Improvements in safety applications or support systems in vehicles can make a significant contribution to crash reduction and so limit the high number of casualties.

Congestion is also closely linked with road safety. It affects the flow of goods and people, and both business and leisure travel. In both rural areas and intercity corridors, traffic is disrupted by incidents, maintenance operations, detours and many other problems. To the traveller, congestion means lost time, missed opportunities, frustration, and a waste of personal resources. To the employer, it means lost worker productivity, delivery delays and increased costs. Speed, reliability and the cost of urban and intercity freight movements are increasingly affected by congestion and the cost of congestion in OECD countries is estimated at around €670 billion.


The main objectives of the project are to increase road safety, improve mobility and enhance transport efficiency.

In order to achieve this, the SIMBA project will:

  • prepare, support and facilitate the rapid adoption and transfer of technologies and research results
  • define R&D priorities and future co-operation areas
  • make recommendations for new innovative road research activities to be launched locally and in the EU
  • increase the visibility of the European industry and support the industry to respond to emerging business opportunities.

This will be done through the following three enablers: an intelligent transport system (ITS), automotive technological development and road infrastructure.

The main activities of SIMBA will be to organise events in the EU and emerging markets that will serve as a means for fostering closer ties between all the countries in the road transport sector and exchanging knowledge in the fields of ITS, road infrastructure and automotive technological development. The main outcome will be trans-national networks of key road transport stakeholders that can help define the priorities, research needs and future co-operation areas for road transport.

SIMBA Project
SIMBA Project

Description of work

The aim is to create a co-operation network between Europe and the emerging markets that can be used to disseminate the state of the art of national research activities and to map out future research co-operation opportunities.

The project’s work packages represent the four main areas of activity necessary in order to achieve SIMBA’s objectives:

  • Project management
  • Definition of research priorities and strategies
  • National activities
  • Dissemination

Due to the geographical spread of the project, national coordinators have been chosen for all the countries/regions involved in the project (Europe, China, India, Brazil and South Africa). This will facilitate the project coordinator’s management of the project, particularly in terms of defining national priorities and preparing the project events. It will also ensure that the right stakeholders are involved at the local level.


SIMBA will bring together European intelligent transport systems (ITS), road infrastructures, vehicle manufacturers and technology providers with their counterparts in China, India, Brazil and South Africa in order to establish a co-operation network that will discuss how to increase road safety, mobility and transport efficiency in these countries through the exchange of technological expertise and closer co-operation. The project will map the national and regional RTD activities, policies and future requirements, and propose demonstration cases to the regional stakeholders, organise seminars, business meetings, and industry visits in order to maintain a close contact between the key players.