“Towards a Single and Innovative European Transport System” (LOT 1)
SINTRAS was a service contract for the European Commission (DG MOVE, C2) and pursued two main objectives:
The research process was based on desk research but also – and importantly – on various stakeholder involvement techniques, most notably interviews, online Surveys and five Focus Groups all across Europe (Warsaw, London, Berlin, Madrid, Helsinki). Rupprecht Consult was in Charge of organising all these stakeholder interaction activities. (This Approach was similar to the one deployed during the TRANSFORuM project, which Rupprecht Consult coordinated between 2013 and 2015.)
SINTRAS addressed the following five thematic areas:
1. Connected driving and automation of transport, and use of automated optimisation of traffic flows
2. Transformation of infrastructure to address connectivity, resilience, new fuels and energy efficiency
3. Smart mobility services (including provision and use of data, and urban mobility), freight and logistics
4. Standardisation and interoperability
5. Alternative fuels other than electrification
We at Rupprecht Consult were responsible for the thematic areas number 1 and 3, connected and automated transport and smart mobility services. For each thematic area, the SINTRAS team developed a thorough “state of play” report (Task 1), gathered evidence to understand barriers (Task 2) and developed a detailed Action Plan (Task 3) which included cost-benefit analyses of proposed actions, roadmaps, action plans and progress indicators.
The SINTRAS team also produced 23 thorough country-specific studies to understand the different national status quos, challenges, actor landscape and technological as well as political priorities. Rupprecht Consult was responsible to conduct these country studies for Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Romania and Bulgaria (the latter three with significant contributions from local partners in the respective countries).
We led task 2 in this project: “Evidence base and analysis of barriers.” We were also responsible for two out of the five so called “Focus Areas”, which were addressed in this project: