The Future of Road Transport: How New Technologies and Mobility Solutions Can Change the Business of Going Around


WHEN May 16, 2023
3 PM WHERE Experimental Research Building (C1), Room 120 Part of "CITIES Seminar Series" WHO CITIES Open to the Public

A perfect storm of new technologies and new business models is transforming not only our vehicles but everything about how we get around and how we live our lives. At the same time, they are expected to address some of the challenges posed by the transport system to our society. In reality, new transport technologies, on their own, won't spontaneously make our lives better without upgrading our transport systems and policies to the 21st century. The improvement of governance and the development of innovative mobility solutions will be crucial to ensure that the future of transport is cleaner and more equitable than its car-centered present. The presentation will report on the main activities carried out in the past years by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission to prepare for a digital transition in road transport and the implications that this may have in the near future.

  • Biagio Ciuffo, European Commission Joint Research Centre


Biagio Ciuffo works at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, where he leads the research group on Smart Mobility and the Living Lab for Future Mobility Solutions currently being set up in the Ciuffo has published more than 100 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings in transportation engineering. He is also one of the lead authors of the JRC Report on the Future of Road Transport, which analyses the wide implications of connected, automated, low-carbon, and shared mobility with the objective to inform the policy audience in the field. Ciuffo is also Deputy Editor in Chief for the IET Journal on Intelligent Transport Systems and Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Intelligent Transportation Systems and serves as a reviewer for the most important journals in the transportation field. For his research activities on traffic simulation, he was awarded the 2012 Greenshields Prize and the 2020 and 2013 Prizes of the SimSub Committee, all from the Transportation Research Board of the US National Academy of Science.

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