04 April 2022
The first round of Hello Mentor has been completed
- International talent
Zero emissions. Zero traffic fatalities. Zero traffic jams. To ensure the Eindhoven region is easily accessible, that traffic doesn’t have a damaging effect on the climate and that people can travel safely. These are the goals of Brainport Eindhoven. Companies, knowledge institutes and public authorities have joined forces to realize these goals. They are working on a large number of innovations regarding zero-emission vehicles and smart mobility solutions as part of the Green & Smart Transport Delta innovation program.
The Green & Smart Transport Delta innovation program is part of the top sector HTSM roadmap and helps realize three goals: zero emissions, zero traffic fatalities and zero traffic jams. By being a frontrunner in the development of sustainable and smart mobility systems, the Brainport region wants to remain a world leader in the automotive sector. This is important, because this sector provides tens of thousands of jobs in the Netherlands and is responsible for an export volume of €20 billion per year.
The Innovation Program follows the two tracks green and smart, which are closely related:
The goals regarding sustainable and smart mobility are ambitious. Wide-ranging cooperation across the entire chain is required to be able to realize those goals. That is why 65 parties are working together as part of the Innovation Program, each bringing in their own expertise. Large companies, such as DAF, VDL, NXP and TomTom, but also start-ups and SMEs. Knowledge institutes like TU/e and TNO are also closely involved, as are the public authorities and implementing bodies, RAI Automotive Industries NL and Brainport Development.
Within the Brainport mobility program, we are developing projects and consortia on three levels:
By connecting the three levels, we can conduct high-quality research and then convert this research into innovations that can be introduced to the market. It is crucial that we operate at an excellent level, because it allows us to remain competitive in an international market.
The program constitutes a long-term roadmap, which includes various projects based on which different consortia, parties and an associated funding strategy are established. Below are three examples of projects submitted under the R&D Mobility Sectors scheme.
The projects amount to a total of € 110.6 million. The outcome of the assessment conducted by R&D Mobility Sectors is expected by the end of October.
Another example is the way the Brainport line is funded by means of the National Growth Fund. This innovative transport system links all Brainport campuses in and around Eindhoven and provides a better connection to other national and international business sites. The Brainport line is a smart, zero-emission public transport system consisting of electric pods that will drive on designated driving lanes and stop at various transfer hubs along the main roads and at public transport hubs. The pods will be developed using sensor technology, autonomous driving technology and proven technology. The system thus offers a safer, cleaner and more efficient commute.
To ensure that the Brainport line is optimally aligned with our goals, we want to set up a living lab. In this living lab, we will use software to test various scenarios and effects in a safe setting. This way, real vehicles are tested in a digital environment. To realize an optimal mobility system with minimal risk and to be able to make an accurate forecast of the necessary infrastructural investments. Once the Brainport Line has been sufficiently tested, we can roll out the living lab to other cities in the Netherlands and abroad.
As of next year, the most important automotive parties in the region will work together. The first projects have been initiated and applications for funding have been approved. In ten years, we want the region to have an integrated system of electric and autonomous vehicles. This system will allow us to see how we can implement autonomous driving in a practical way. Our approach can easily be copied in other regions, because we have learned our lessons and gained our knowledge at one location. And our goals (zero emissions, zero traffic fatalities, zero traffic jams) have been realized.