The FUTRE project is co-financed by
European Commission Directorate
General for Research & Innovation
as part of the 7th Framework Programme

Project Description

The FUTRE project contributes to this over-arching EU goal as it investigates the challenges for the European transport sector in the long term and develops strategic options for European transport research policy. Derived from this we expect the following five impacts of our work:

  • a clear understanding of the current competitiveness of the European transport sector and a framework to measure competitiveness in future worlds,
  • an analysis of the challenges (upcoming technologies, socio-economic aspects and possible constraints) in the long term and how they could affect the competitiveness,
  • the development of scenarios and the assessment of policy packages and innovation programmes,
  • a definition of strategic options for European transport research policy supporting the European transport sector to cope with challenges in the long term, and
  • the recommendations for future R&D strategy, that could feed into the set-up of the 8th European Research Framework Programme.

FUTRE carries out an analysis on the current competitiveness of the European transport sector. This analysis includes a summary on the EU transport policy, a qualitative description of the different innovation system per transport mode and quantitative analysis of the R&D investments per technology field. This part of the work bases partially on reports on innovations to reduce GHG emissions (GHG-TransPoRD), on the Strategic Transport Technology Plan (STTP) and policy documents like the White Paper, in which members of the Consortium were involved.

Competitiveness will be assessed on key output indicators. Among the output indicators to investigate are in particular the world market shares (current competitiveness), productivities and patents (future potentials) of EU Member States in transport technologies. Emphasize will be put on the patent analysis as patents allow a high disaggregation considering the players (automotive manufacturers, automotive suppliers) and transport technologies (power train, vehicle body).

The WP structure for achieving these objectives is the following: