Putting their combined strengths to the challenging task of sustainable transport, Scania and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Sweden began collaboration in 2014 on the Integrated Transport Research Lab (ITRL) – a new research centre at KTH that will focus on future transport systems and developing innovative low-carbon solutions.
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 transport sector carbon emissions to levels below the EU’s 2020 CO2-reduction target from 1990 levels.
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.
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 our strengths and expertise within those areas of technology important for society and the industry’s future development. Importantly, Scania’s investment in ITRL reflects the partnership approach that is vital to tackling the complex challenge of sustainable transport, through the cooperation of industry, academics and authorities.