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Strengthening road transport research cooperation between Europe and emerging international markets


The SIMBA project intends to increase RTD cooperation between the EU and the emerging markets of China, India, Brazil and South Africa. SIMBA will bring together European Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), infrastructure and vehicle maker practitioners and technology providers with their counterparts in China, India, Brazil and South Africa in order to establish a cooperation network that will discuss how to increase road safety, mobility and transport efficiency in these countries through the exchange of technological know-how and closer cooperation. The project will map the national and regional RTD activities, policies and future requirements and propose demonstration cases to the regional stakeholders, organise seminars, business meetings, and industry visits in order to keep a close contact between the key players.
The main objectives of the project are to: Increase road safety, Improve mobility, Enhance transport efficiency.
In order to achieve this, the SIMBA project will:
- Prepare, support and facilitate the rapid adoption and transfer of technologies and research results;
- Define R&D priorities and future cooperation areas;
- Make recommendations for new innovative road research activities to be launched locally and in the EU;
- Increase the visibility of the European industry and support the industry to respond to emerging business opportunities;
This will be done through three enablers: ITS, automotive technological development and road infrastructure.
The main activities of SIMBA will be to organise events in the EU and the emerging market that will serve as a means for fostering closer ties between Europe and the EM in the road transport sector and exchanging knowledge in the fields of ITS, road infrastructure and automotive technological development. The main outcome will be trans-national networks of key road transport stakeholders that can help define the priorities, research needs and future cooperation areas.

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