Some 200 automotive and road transport researchers are gathering at today’s annual ERTRAC conference, which has just been opened this morning by Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni, acting Chairman of ERTRAC and EGVIA. “Road transport today offers major opportunities for innovation, which are also opportunities for job creation and competitiveness in Europe”, said Paola-Galloni, who is Corporate Vice-President for Sustainable Development of the automotive supplier VALEO.
ERTRAC, as the European Road Transport Research Advisory Council, provides a unique platform to develop a vision for road transport research in Europe. At today’s conference, ERTRAC’s Working Groups are presenting the research needs as they identified them in continuous work. Stakeholders from industry, researchers and representatives of national and local authorities are collaborating in ERTRAC to identify the research needs related to the following topics that are on today’s agenda: powertrains (engines, fuels, and electrification), connectivity and automated driving, and infrastructures, urban mobility and freight. In these three strategic sessions, ERTRAC Working Group leaders and invited high-level speakers from industry and the European Commission will exchange information and ideas on the research and innovation priorities for Europe.
Innovative vehicles such as electric cars are exhibited at the conference and can be tested in short drives through Brussels.
Original source: ERTRAC