Through the activities of WP0 "new concepts for the road of the future", NR2C seeks to present an overview of possible future innovations and new concepts for European roads over the upcoming decades. To this end, a number of surveys are being carried out on the state of the art, expectations, trends and needs regarding social and economic developments, technological innovations for urban roadway systems, interrurban infrastructure and civil engineering structures. The results of these surveys will be collected in one report and presented in a dedicated workshop. The analysis will lead to ranking the innovations proposed for tomorrow's road transport systems. It will follow the development of the most promising innovations, to prove their feasibility, clarify unsolved problems, lay out a path towards their progressive implementation.
The development of specific innovations will be addressed in separate work packages:
By identifying research needs for the years to come, NR2C will also contribute to the implementation of the FEHRL Strategic Road Research Programme (SERRP III) for 2002-2006 and the elaboration of the programme for the following period with special regard to issues related to the construction and maintenance of roads.
Innovations for urban roads (WP1) led by LROP/LCPC
Task 1.0: International survey for an understanding of innovation related expectations and needs with respect to urban roadway systems
Innovations for interrurban roads (WP2) led by EPFL-LAVOC
Task 2.1: Survey to assess the state of the art within the framework of innovations for interrurban infrastructure
Innovations for civil engineering structures (WP3) led by JMI
Task 3.1: Survey of the problems encountered by managers and owners of civil engineering structures over the next four decades and state of the art of today's innovations and anticipated future innovations in the field
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