Title: Innovation in the European transport sector: a review
Citation: TRANSPORT POLICY vol. 42 p. 86-93
Publication Year: 2015
JRC N°: JRC90187
ISSN: 0967-070X
URI: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0967070X15300111
DOI: 10.1016/j.tranpol.2015.05.003
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: This article reviews innovation of the European transport industries. It combines a quantitative analysis of the R&D investment of manufacturers of transport equipment, transport service providers and the constructors of transport infrastructure for the years 2008 and 2011 with a qualitative assessment of their incentives to innovate. The latter takes into account sector-specific innovation systems, their distinct market environments and the products and services produced. The findings show that, although the transport sector as a whole is the largest industrial R&D investor in the EU, there are important differences in the level of innovation activities carried out by the highly heterogeneous sub-sectors. These differences seem to be of systemic nature: they are found consistently in the quantitative analysis and the theoretical considerations. The result is highly policy-relevant as it indicates that policies targeting innovation in transport need to take into account the specific innovation capacities of the various sub-sectors.
JRC Directorate:Growth and Innovation

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