Pooling their combined strengths for this challenging task, Scania and the Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden (KTH) began collaboration in 2014 concerning the Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL).
Tackling urban challenges
The aim is to help shape world-class logistics flows 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 carbon emissions to levels below the EU’s targets. 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.
A system-wide view that spans the entire value chain is crucial to create more efficient transport systems and transport flows. 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. Importantly, Scania’s investment in ITRL is an example of the partnership approach that is vital to tackling the complex challenge of sustainable transport.