The SRF has been part of a successfully consortium bid for a European project on high capacity vehicles.
The FALCON project: ‘Freight And Logistics in a Multimodal Context’ aims to address two important issues concerned with application of high capacity vehicles in Europe: (i) the factors that influence modal choice and (ii) ‘fit for purpose’ road vehicles to influence modal choice. A team from Cambridge is heavily involved in the latter issue: focussing on developing a framework for performance based standards (PBS) that ensure the safety, infrastructure interaction and environmental performance of high capacity vehicles. The team will be assisted by John Woodrooffe from the University of Michigan see separate news item.
Other members of the project team include the project coordinator from HAN University of Applied Sciences, (Netherlands); VTI (Sweden); DLR (Germany); TNO (Netherlands); IFSTTAR (France); BRRC (Belgium); MAN Trucks and Michelin Tires. The project team was assembled during a previous project on PBS standards, coordinated by ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.
The project is funded by CEDR: Conférence Européenne des Directeurs de Routes (Conference of European Directors of Roads) as part of their Transnational Research Programme. The work will take place over a two-year period, beginning in September 2016.