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Strengthening road transport research cooperation between Europe and emerging international markets

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As emerging markets today are experiencing unprecedented economic growth, their transport and mobility needs are increasing. Problems such as road accidents, congestion, and air pollution are faced worldwide. The SIMBA project recognised that EU cooperation with emerging markets in developing the technologies within the fields of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), infrastructure and automotive development to improve road safety and mobility is a pre-requisite to continued economic growth in all regions, as well as betters the quality of life for citizens. SIMBA aimed to increase road transport research cooperation between Europe and the emerging markets of Brazil, China, India, and South Africa by establishing a collaboration network that will bring together the key stakeholders in the fields of ITS, infrastructure and automotive development. The objectives of SIMBA were to increase road safety, mobility and transport efficiency through the exchange of technological know-how and best practices. The project mapped national and regional research activities, policies and future requirements. Furthermore, regular events were organised in order to establish each country's priorities and define areas for future joint road transport cooperation. The following activities were undertaken as part of the project: - mapping national and regional research activities, policies and future requirements in emerging markets and the EU; - organising regular events in order to establish each country's Research and Development (R&D) priorities and define areas for future joint road transport cooperation with the EU; - making recommendations for new innovative road research activities to be launched as EU-Region cooperation; - creating networks and establishing strategic partnerships with emerging markets. The following exploitable results were generated: - the definition of priority areas for cooperation where there is mutual interest to cooperate and drive forward progress in SIMBA countries; - key networks built up and expression of interest for joining expert working groups on priority topics; - awareness of European Commission initiative in emerging markets and the possible deployment of European technologies; - awareness of SIMBA countries needs, priorities and context by EU stakeholders (policy makers, road operators, industry, research, associations); - identification of strong demand from Europe and emerging markets to cooperate within this domain and identification that there are mutually beneficial outcomes; - input from broad stakeholders on key future actions.

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