Transport Research Arena
to be held in Paris for the first time
The latest technological innovations will be on show in Paris during the 5the edition of the "Transport Research Arena" conference (TRA2014). Bringing together both research and its implementation, this event will present flagship projects designed to improve sustainable mobility in Europe.
The conference takes place from April 14 to 17 at CNIT - La Défense, and will be attended by the European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, as well as members of the French government. Its aim is to write the future of the European transport industry, but also to establish partnerships for the economic attractiveness of the European Union and the improvement its citizens' daily lives.
For all European stakeholders in transport research and innovation, TRA2014 will offer an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences about the latest scientific breakthroughs, to think about specific real-life applications and to express their research needs in order to guide future research work.
French and European
innovations for more efficient transport
For all European stakeholders in transport research and innovation, TRA2014 will be an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences about the latest scientific breakthroughs, to think about specific real-life applications and to express their research needs in order to guide the future research work.
In particular, this 5th edition of TRA will deal in detail with the following topics:
• European Scientific Excellence in Transport Research
• European Transport and Job Creation
• Innovative Solutions Working for Users
• Environmentally-Friendly, Energy-Efficient Transport
The 5th Generation Road project is innovative in a number of respects. More resistant to the effects of climate change, the roads of the future will be designed to absorb CO2. They will provide information on their state of operation, on traffic and on potential risks for the user (ice, accident, grip, etc.) through multiple sensors, and will also be capable of recovering energy to supply to their own equipment or even to the vehicles using them.
Among the smart transport projects that will be discussed at TRA2014 is Optimal Energy consumption and Recovery (OpEneR), part of the European Commission's European Green Cars Initiative, which involves partners from the worlds of research and industry, including PSA Peugeot Citroën and Bosch. The project proposes two new features to optimise vehicle range and safety: the integration of navigation data to provide an enhanced view of the road, resulting in an energy saving of up to 15%, and onboard video cameras and radar systems for optimum safety and comfort.
There are plenty of projects afoot in shipbuilding and sea transport, too. The BESST project (Breakthrough in European Ship and Shipbuilding Technologies) is one of many ambitious and innovative European projects that will strengthen the competitiveness and attractiveness of our shipyards in the medium term. By reducing ship life cycle costs (120 million euros per ship), cutting emissions (12% less CO2) and enhancing safety levels, the European shipbuilding industry can envisage the prospect of winning back business and launching projects that will boost the economy and provide employment to areas that need it. The BESST project is an exemplary initiative, bringing together 60 European partners representing the best of European shipbuilding and engineering. The main French players include STX Europe in Saint-Nazaire, Bureau Veritas, the Ecole Nationale Supérieure Maritime and the Port of Nantes-Saint-Nazaire.
For further information concerning the conference programme,
please visit the following page: http://www.traconference.eu/programme/at-a-glance.html
Source: Ifsttar | TRA 2014