Sailing on the sea of successful businesses: Horizon 2020 opportunities on the horizon

At Régens, we believe that the world is moved forward by creating value together. That’s why we are continuously pursuing international cooperations with research centres, universities and ambitious expert companies in order to work together and create innovative and valuable solutions.

R+D research has always been a foundation stone of our company’s business plan. We have a lot of experience from previous FP6, FP7, or H2020 projects. We are enormously proud of the relations and friendships, experience, and acknowledgements we gained throughout these cooperations.

But we won’t stop here. We are constantly looking for new possibilities, and if we find them, we are motivated to work hard.

That’s the way it’s just happened recently – we have just submitted a new H2020 proposal. This tender is especially close to our hearts, because we already have an ongoing project in the field of transportation: INFRALERT, which focuses on intelligent infrastructure management and maintenance.

The subject of our current challenge: Sustainable multimodal urban transport, regional mobility and spatial planning.

Nowadays, 75% of the European population lives in an urbanised area, and the cities they live in flood the air with carbon-dioxide. By 2050, the rate of urbanisation can reach between 80 and 90%, and if more and more people are moving to cities, the more vehicles will produce this critical amount of carbon-dioxide. This has a really big effect on climate change – and people’s general health, too.

The task is obvious: We have to create and elaborate a sustainable mobility and action plan, which makes urbanisation more comfortable, but at the same time, environmental friendly as well.

Making public transport better and encouraging non-motorized and carbon-free modes of transport may seem a good solution. However, it is impossible to expect a significant amount of citizens to walk and cycle all the time. One of the aims of the tender is to decrease the number of cars with only a few passengers, and find the holistic optimum in the case of those with a bigger capacity. Besides these, it is also important to improve interoperability between private, public and emerging modes of transport, to promote transport mobility, and to increase the volume of information on routes in order to reduce the uncertainty of travel during travel.

We feel lucky because if our proposal is successful, we can work together with such big names as the University of Seville, Fraunhofer Society and the University of Genova in the project.

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