Mobility is the lifeblood of modern society: Efficient, sustainable transport of people and goods is essential for our prosperity and well-being. Smart Mobility consists of the smart organization of traffic and the smart use of new technologies and IT. As more and more vehicles hit the road, mobility is one of the biggest challenges facing businesses, the government and road users. Part of this challenge consists of increasing road-traffic safety and reducing fuel consumption in order to lower harmful emissions and move towards a sustainable economy. The Dutch see this as an opportunity.
The Netherlands is a small, densely populated country with a complex road network, making it the ideal place to test and implement innovative mobility concepts. A unique collaboration between companies, research institutes and governments give the Dutch a running start when it comes to developing and quickly implementing Smart Mobility solutions. Since 2011, more than twenty partners have joined forces to create the open innovation organization Dutch Integrated Cooperative Mobility Test Site (DITCM) together with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment as ‘launching customer’. The cooperating partners share both their knowledge and a broad range of test facilities. The unique collaboration demonstrated by DITCM has given the Netherlands a head start in ITS. In addition to improved mobility, the innovations also reduce fuel consumption and increase road-traffic safety. The innovative and competitive solutions contribute to solving the mobility problems plaguing countries around the world.
With pollution and global warming threatening the planet, is it really sensible to promote mobility? How does today’s mobility affect tomorrow’s world? In a world in which everything is interconnected, making the right decisions isn’t easy. Choices made on one side of the globe affect the living conditions, the lives and the future of people on the other side.
The main objective of green mobility is to reduce CO₂emissions. Europe has the strictest regulations for motor vehicles in the world. Innovation, technology and mobility must go hand in hand in countries as densely populated as the Netherlands, where urban mobility, urban planning and environmentally friendly transport solutions are expected to contribute to the quality of life and smart and clean high-tech cars, lorries and busses are a given.
The Dutch have a knack for developing high-tech products and components and finding creative solutions to even the most challenging problems. Solutions to limit CO₂emissions, for example, range from making lighter cars and hybrid powertrains to developing smart aerodynamic solutions.
The next quantum leap in automobile technology is vehicle-to-vehicle communication: systems that enable cars to communicate with each other. At Automotive Campus NL in Helmond near Eindhoven, numerous automotive companies are working together on smart green mobility solutions.
The Dutch automotive sector needs 4,000 engineers a year in order to make these bold steps in smart and green mobility reality. It’s therefore not surprising that the Dutch automotive training programmes provided by for example TU/e, Fontys and ROC in Eindhoven are gaining in popularity.