An introduction of autonomous vehicles will make the transportation of passengers and freight more efficient and help transition the transport sector towards more environmentally sustainable solutions. Autonomous vehicles are commonly less space consuming – an important characteristic for the urban environment. As the distance between each vehicle decreases, the traffic will become denser, with the result of higher traffic network capacity.
The emerging Physical Internet concept suggests changes to improve the sustainability of freight transport. Cargo owners and forwarders will not book transport services for the whole transport chain in advance. New actors will take responsibility for transports that are optimal to the society.
Road and railway technology is a broad and interdisciplinary field that involves many parts of SINTEF, as well as our partner NTNU. We perform testing of materials and components in our own laboratories or in collaboration with NTNU.
Transport is crucial to the society. Freight transport provides citizens and businesses with the goods, and free mobility for persons is a human right in most countries. However, transport has significant negative effects like pollution, causalities, space consumption, reduction in urban life quality, etc. ICT applied in infrastructures, vehicles, fleet management, user applications and traffic management can mitigate the negative effects and facilitate sustainable transport.
Giantleap aims to increase lifetime and reliability of fuel cells in buses
Cooperative ITS for Mobility in European Cities
CIMEC is a city-focused project which will explore the role cooperative ITS systems (C-ITS) can play to support city authorities, both in managing their transport networks and the delivery of other transport-linked services. It will reach out to key stakeholder groups (both public and private) to ensure a smooth and cost-effective deployment of C-ITS in cities around Europe. The project commenced in June 2015 and will run until May 2017.
Guardrails with inbuilt noise-barriers are on the way
A combined solution offers better protection against traffic noise – and can also benefit two-wheeled road-users.