In 2014, Scania and Sweden’s KTH Royal Institute of Technology combined their knowledge and resources to address the issue of achieving sustainable transport.
The result was the Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL), a research centre at KTH that is focusing on future transport systems and developing innovative low-carbon solutions.
The aim of the lab is to help shape world-class logistics flows in order to address the challenges posed by growing cities and increased transport requirements. The lab will contribute technology and systems-based solutions that allow for significant and concrete reductions in transport sector carbon emissions. The goal is to achieve levels below the EU’s 2020 carbon dioxide reduction target of a 20 percent drop from 1990 levels.
Bridge between academia and industry
Through the ITRL, Scania and KTH are also aiming to create a bridge between academic research and the needs of society and the transport industry’s business models and development processes. Scania will benefit by further developing its strengths and expertise within those areas of technology important for society and the industry’s future development.
Importantly, Scania’s investment in the ITRL reflects a partnership approach. This kind of approach is vital to tackling the complex challenge of sustainable transport, with the cooperation of industry, academics and authorities all needed.
Exploring future concepts
Self-driving buses for use in the public transport system, electric roads, new passenger car concepts, night-time goods transport, and better tools for avoiding congestion and traffic jams in rush hour are a few examples of the concepts to be further developed within the ITRL framework.