Our individual modes of transportation must become more efficient while interfaces for transshipment and coordination between different modes of transportation and parties must be supported. This is the basis of the collaboration between organisations where CLOSER plays the role of the engine that drives innovation and supports the goals of an effective, multimodal system for long-distance transport.
The needs' analysis recently conducted by CLOSER in discussion with industry representatives gives an indication of the areas in which we need to gather strength in order to begin the journey towards a future long-distance transport system. The needs' analysis is intended to provide a foundation on which to focus and prioritise project proposals within the area and to which we invite organisations to participate in the dialogue. This is for the purpose of developing suitable demonstrations and pilot projects that can contribute knowledge and new solutions for the transport sector.
A series of interviews conducted in the spring of 2019 is the basis of the report. Here are some of the quotes from those interviews:
- "Innovation projects supporting multimodal transport should be viewed as important for the future and demonstrate that profitability and improved environmental performance are compatible."
- "Logistics companies should be advocates for intermodal transport in order to better utilise our collective resources."
- "The ability to develop creative collaborations has been lacking, with the exception of the airline industry, where the IATA has assumed a leading role in creating collective innovations. Can other modes of transportation learn from the airline industry?"
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