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DenCity level 2

DenCity develops innovative solutions for sustainable passenger and freight mobility in dense neighborhoods, with high standards of attractiveness, accessibility and sustainability. DenCity stands for radically new thinking and innovative processes for sustainable densification.

DenCity is a collaborative project between industry, academia and society. The project is led by the Swedish national arenafor collaboration within transport efficiency, CLOSER, at Lindholmen Science Park.

DenCity´s focus

Using appropriately designed sustainable transport, we could build smarter cities that are attractive to live and move in. The project is unique in that it adopts a comprehensive approach to both passenger and freight transport.  

DenCity is looking at innovative types of travel services as an alternative to car ownership. DenCity reviews solutions and services that will be tested under real conditions. For instance, the project will look at the types of services required to solve the puzzle presented by non­ownership of a car. It could, for example, take the form of a new e-commerce service that combines the distribution of parcels with grocery deliveries, or it could involve people being given access to a comprehensive mobility service such as electric­powered bikes and car pools via their landlords. 

The project also considerate sustainability, energy efficiency, reduced congestion and noise coupled with a vibrant urban environment should be matched by demands by residents and working people for facilities and delivery services. 

A crucial aspect is to involve the public when designing solutions. In this project are Stockholm and Gothenburg test sites for the future of new transport solutions.

Read publication and reports from the project

DenCity in Swedish

Read more about the project

The five focus areas


  • Enabling infrastructure for a dense city

    In workpackage three work a supportive infrastructure that enables efficient pesonal, goods-mobility and waste - management services is developed. A key element is to ensure that developed service offerings will meet the residents, visitors and those working in the dense urban environment needs and willingness to pay. As well as viable business models for commercial actors. 


    The work package is divided into different sub parts, which together build a supportive service and physical infrastructure: Mobility as a Service (MAAS) , Digital platform and " mobility hub".


    Contact: Magda Collado, Viktoria Swedish ICT

  • System integration

    The purpose of this work package is to integrate the solutions developed in work package 1 to 4 to achieve a common system for freight and passenger transport.


    This system integration requires changes in all dimensions (supply/demand for transport services and regulations and infrastructure), and that these changes are aligned to one another. A central element is therefore an early integration of freight transport issues in the urban planning process. This work package aims to develop these innovative processes for urban and real estate planning.


    ContactSönke Behrends, Chalmers

  • Urban services and deliveries Read more

    Sustainable Innovation will together with School of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Gothenburg, PostNord, Baghitch and Svensk Digitalhandel develop subscription services for consolidated deliveries to private customers and small enterprises.


    The subscription services will build on the work preformed in WP3 and enable coordination with current distribution. Within the work package the conditions, specifications and the customer needs will be inventoried. Demonstrations with 10 users from each category will be executed to evaluate the concepts that have been developed.

    Read more and see the film from the project


    Contact: Roland Elander, Sustainable Innovation

  • Urban shipping Read more

    Urban waterways has a great unutilized capacity which could be exploited for waterway transport of people, gods and waste. An increased share of urban shipping could contribute to reduce pollution and noise caused by road transport. This work package aims at demonstrating the feasibility of combining transports of goods to cities with transport of waste from cities. Read more and see films from the project


    Contact: Martin Svanberg, SSPA 


  • Zero Emission Deliveries Read more

    During the autumn 2018, Volvo in collaboration with COOP and DB Schenker will test a new zero-emitting distribution truck for temperature-controlled food transport in Gothenburg. This truck will accommodate 18 pallets and be up to 10 meters long. This enables a radical reduction of noise and emissions and improve the working environment for drivers and other employees.

    The project idea is to create a clean and efficient transportskyttel into a leveransnav in a central, dense neighborhood in the city. The technology will also be able to show new and interesting delivery methods, for example in the form of indoor supplies.

    Read more and se interviews about the project

    Contact: Fredrik Cederstav, AB Volvo 

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  • Lina Moritz
    Program manager (Parental Leave)