Future Technologies in the EU Transport Sector and Beyond: An Outlook of 2020–2035

  • Alkiviadis TromarasEmail author
  • Aggelos Aggelakakis
  • Merja Hoppe
  • Thomas Trachsel
  • Eleni Anoyrkati
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Intelligent Systems and Computing book series (AISC, volume 879)


The aim of this paper is to deliver a brief synopsis of the transport research landscape by conducting a review of the transport projects across the four modes of transport on European level (FP7, H2020). This synoptic review identifies dominant technology themes (i.e. small electric urban vehicle design, battery materials and design, cleaner conventional engines, Automated Driver Assistance System, cleaner and quitter aviation engines, developments of Computer Engineering tools, morphing aircrafts, cleaner multifuel maritime engines, new freight wagon design, satellite positioning for rail Train Control & Management System). Future recommendations and conclusions are also provided.


EU transport research Future transport innovation EU transport projects 



The results incorporated in this paper received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 769638, project title: INtentify future Transport rEsearch NeeDs (INTEND).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH), Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT)ThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW), Institute for Sustainable Development (INE)WinterthurSwitzerland
  3. 3.Coventry University Enterprises Ltd., Coventry University Technology ParkCoventryUK

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