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By iCube Programme / Updated: 03 Jun 2019
By Raffaele Vergnani / Updated: 29 May 2019

Two EU-funded projects conclude their work on urban freight distribution


Cities, particularly the largest agglomerations in Europe, are struggling to reduce traffic congestion and transport-related emissions, as they try to improve mobility and air quality for residents and tourists. Each day, a significant proportion of trips in urban areas is made using diesel-powered trucks, which deliver different kinds of goods to private sector customers throughout the day. However, it is not only the goods delivered to private businesses that contribute to increased traffic flows, as the public sector is one of the main customers for the products that trucks deliver.

By Claus Köllinger / Updated: 20 May 2019

EU auditors looking at effectiveness of EU action on urban mobility


The European Court of Auditors is conducting an audit of EU action to improve the mobility of people in cities and densely populated areas. The auditors are examining how the European Commission and Member States use the EU funding available to put into action their urban mobility policies and whether the Commission provides effective support to Member States. The auditors will also assess the progress that has been made in recent years in managing traffic congestion.

By iCube Programme / Updated: 14 May 2019

Electric cars: current trends make for a shocking change


While vehicle manufacturers invest in research, authorities are working to improve charging infrastructure to support consumers’ growing interest in the sector. The day when electric cars dominate the passenger transport market no longer seems quite so distant.

By jacklynwriter / Updated: 14 May 2019

Key Ways IoT Is Shaping The Future of Cars


The global connected car market is forecast to grow by 270% by 2022 according to findings from Counterpoint Research’s Internet of Things (IoT) tracker. In addition, almost all cars in the major European economies including Germany, UK and France are expected to be connected by 2020. Media attention mostly focuses on IoT devices in smart homes but in the last few years, IoT has been rapidly changing how our cars function. 

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By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 07 May 2019

ITF releases report on improving road safety in European cities


A new report published by the International Transport Forum (ITF) benchmarks the road safety performance of 72 urban areas and puts forward recommendations to improve urban road safety.

Data for the report were collected directly from local governments in 31 areas, 19 of which were in Europe. The report also includes two case studies conducted in the Portuguese capital Lisbon and the capital of Latvia, Riga, between 2017 and 2018.

By Ella Andrew / Updated: 02 May 2019

Urban freight logistics: innovation and policy across Europe


A number of recent studies, highlighted by the European Commission's Transport Research and Innovation Monitoring and Information System (TRIMIS) Digest have provided insights into the capacity of innovative technologies and solutions to respond to the challenges of urban freight transport (UFT). But how is urban freight transport changing?

By Ella Andrew / Updated: 10 Apr 2019

SUMI: fostering long-term commitment to sustainable urban mobility indicators in Europe


As cities continue to work towards achieving Europe’s policy goals, it is becoming increasingly important that systems for monitoring and reporting progress are put in place. Through making use of sustainable urban mobility indicators, policymakers will be able to assess the success of current mobility measures, as well as ensuring that upcoming solutions are tailored to respond to the issues which are most pertinent to the cities in question.

By Francesco Ripa / Updated: 08 Apr 2019
By Youris.com / Updated: 28 Mar 2019

Smart city: enthusiasm but caution on new 5G technology


5G networks no doubt have the technological specs necessary to power smart cities, but without careful design and planning the complexity of integrating everything from traffic to health care could prove overwhelming

Long-touted advances of smart cities may finally become reality with the increases to wireless network speeds and bandwidths promised by the switch to 5G. Seamless integration of our homes, cities and utilities can change the way we interact with everything from grocery stores to doctors.