STRIA urban mobility forumISINNOVA’s Andrea Ricci recently participated in The future of mobility in European cities: Graz Forum contributing to the EU’s Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA) on 26-27 November 2018 in Graz, Austria. convened under the Austrian Presidency of the Council of the European Union in Graz, Austria.

The forum was a follow-up to the Strategic Transport Research and Innovation Agenda (STRIA), which drew on the know-how of European transport experts and presented a forward-looking agenda for research and innovation in transport, where ‘Smart mobility and services’ was one of seven priorities. It featured collaborative working sessions in the five priority areas of the STRIA roadmap on ‘Smart mobility and services’: (1) Drones and low-altitude aerial mobility, (2) Establish better operating models, (3) Development of integrated mobility systems, (4) Sharing Data and Infrastructure and (5) Future interoperability. The key points discussed in the event’s 27 working sessions are summarised here.

The outcomes of this event will form the basis for ‘Action Plan on R&I in Smart (urban) mobility services’ with 15-20 strategic recommendations for smart mobility actions that will lead to decarbonisation by 2030 and 2050. These actions can be implemented by the EC, by local, regional, and national decision makers, by companies and by research or other organisations. This Action Plan is planned for publication mid-2019, and will be prepared by the EC (DG MOVE), assisted by the three rapporteurs: Florian Lennert, Fred Dotter and Elena Patatouka.

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The EC and the rapporteurs will publish a draft action plan document in late February-March 2019, for which there will be another wide consultation. The final draft of the action plan will be presented, discussed and validated in late April 2019 (TBC) at a workshop in Brussels that will be open to all.