- New mobility use concepts;
- Automated driving connected with infrastructures,
- Digital experience in manufacturing and
The main objective of the proposed thematic area is to gather the industrial challenges involved in the transition towards decarbonisation and digitalisation of the road transport system. This transition is expected to have a disruptive impact in the SME competitiveness and thus in the socio-economic regional environment. Although 75% of motor vehicles is manufactured by car suppliers, the transformation of the road transport system is far to be only an issue related to the motor vehicle manufacturing groups. Fourteen million jobs in Europe depend on the automotive industry and the sector is the first in terms of R&D investments in the EU. In a fast-changing environment, this industry faces many scientific, technological and economic challenges.
Boosting innovation at interregional level undoubtedly becomes a key factor as well as a powerful tool to enable the European industry actors to maintain Europe's standing as a leading industrial position while maximizing the industry's contribution to growth and employment. Moreover, as the future of the automotive industry depends on the ability to tackle the challenges of tomorrow’s mobility, environmental issues and new mobility behaviour also require that plenty of public and private stakeholders with diverse business interests work together in a collaborative and interdisciplinary way. Thus, mobility and logistic clusters also play a central role in contributing to the competitiveness of the EU transport industry, sharing skills within a joint ecosystem.
Accordingly, the main goal of this thematic area is to strength the innovation regional capacity beyond automotive industry to facilitate investments based on open innovation infrastructure and new technologies provided by clusters in regional ecosystems. Through a closer collaboration, the partner regions and cluster organizations complete the interdisciplinary competences needed and will be able to respond to industrial challenges of implementing a ‘Safe and Sustainable Mobility’ (hereinafter SSM). Among other key initiatives, this proposal gives special attention to highlight the most promising innovations for regional development, to identify replicability/scalability investment priorities and to allocate funding resources more effectively.
More specifically, this proposal aims to further support the deployment of advanced research and technologies along the value chain by connecting innovative SMEs and value chain segments from traditional value chains.