The Swedish and French governments have announced plans to collaborate on transport innovation, recognising "...that the fight against climate change and the shift towards a more sustainable and resilient economy is a major global challenge." The Swedish and French Ministers Tomas Eneroth and Elisabeth Borne agreed on roadmap for reinforcing collaboration between the two countries in June 2018 during a meeting in Gothenburg.
The countries say they will develop green solutions for transport and inclusive and sustainable cities. Their purpose is to develop innovative solutions for cities to address the environment and greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector
The agreement addresses three specific areas;
- Autonomous and connected vehicles, with the objectives to cross-exchange on the concrete results achieved by French and Swedish experiments on connected, cooperative and automated driving, in order to share regulations, results and experiences and identify critical solutions, and to make use of common tests and testbeds, from 2018, regarding truck platooning, in connection with relevant stakeholders including the most involved private companies and clusters;
- Green vehicles, with the aim to explore the possibility to include France in the German-Swedish partnership for Electric Road Systems. First step would be to organize, by the end of 2018, an unconditional information meeting between ministries in France, Germany and Sweden;
- Rail and other transport modes, with the idea, inter alia, to organize in Stockholm, during the autumn 2018, a French-Swedish Expertise meeting on High Speed Lines (HSL), to put HSL in a strategic long term perspective, taking into account French expertise in this field.
In April, the Swedish government also agreed to cooperate with India on the development of smart cities, including transportation and e-mobility.
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