Title: Digital transformation supporting transport decarbonisation: Technological developments in EU-funded research and innovation
Citation: SUSTAINABILITY vol. 12 no. 9 p. 3762
Publisher: MDPI
Publication Year: 2020
JRC N°: JRC120277
ISSN: 2071-1050 (online)
URI: https://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC120277
DOI: 10.3390/su12093762
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The European Commission’s Communication on a European Green Deal sets out the objective of achieving climate neutrality by 2050, which will require a reduction in transport emissions. To this aim, digital technologies, together with connectivity and automation, are transforming traditional concepts of mobility, with a potential impact towards transport decarbonisation. New business models are emerging and giving rise to innovative mobility services including new online platforms for car-pooling, car or bicycle sharing services, freight operations, or smartphone applications offering real-time travel information and other analytics. This study provides an overview of the European Union (EU) funded research and innovation (R&I) and related technologies that are influencing the uptake of digital transformation in transport and identifies issues and challenges from a European perspective. To that end, it follows a two-tier approach that examines policy and legislative initiatives from the European Commission, highlighting possible challenges and enablers. Moreover, it analyses transport technology developments in Europe, focusing on the technology maturity from EU R&I framework programmes, using the European Commission’s Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS). The technology analysis provides insights that aid policy decisions related to funding allocation in future R&I framework programmes.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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