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Urban Mobility

Urban Mobility is a broad area that includes innovative, sustainable solutions both for urban freight and passenger transport. As the field of urban mobility is so broadly based, the involvement of business, academia, government, and policy makers is a significant prerequisite for success.

Within this thematic area, a neutral and national Round Table is operated, and is convened four times annually. This is a forum for trustful dialog and an exchange of experiences regarding current challenges, research and ideas for initiatives and demonstration projects. These lay the basis for the strategic direction of Urban Mobility.

The overall aim of CLOSER’S Round Table within Urban Mobility is to contribute to:

  • More efficient transport and transport systems
  • Increased growth in Swedish industry and Swedish companies
  • Reducing climatic and environmental impact
  • Solutions for urbanization and more favorable land utilization
  • The combining of technological solutions and business models, regulatory frameworks and so forth.
  • Superior collaboration between academia, business and social actors
  • Greater Swedish participation in the EU
  • Promotion of industry and business innovations

CLOSER’S Round Table within the Urban Mobility theme features an elaborate strategy process, structure and organization around the meetings,which shape the work ahead. In turn, future work is based on the roadmap for City Logistics and its identified innovation domains, but with clear links to adjacent roadmaps (Public Transport, Efficient and Interconnected Transport, etc.). Adjustments are then made based on relevance and group skills/interests. The objective is to act as a national platform for urban mobility and identify opportunities offered by the neutral, nationwide presence. It has developed a profile that structures alignment in a manner that clarifies projects and their focus. This is viewed as a living document that is continuously adapted and updated based on current challenges and ongoing activities that are thus logged into the profile.

The following are part of the work with Urban Mobility within CLOSER:
Helene Giaina, DB Schenker Consulting
Ulf Hammarberg, DHL
Magnus Jäderberg, Göteborgs stad
Anette Thorén, Göteborgs stad
Märta Brolinson, Stockholms stad
Robin Billsjö, Stockholms stad
Erik Levander, SKL
Max Hanander, Malmö stad
Thomas Ney, Ramböll
Frans Prenkert, Örebro Universitet
Sönke Behrends, Chalmers tekniska högskola
Patrik Ståhl, Örebro kommun
Christopher Öhlund, Örebro kommun
Staffan Bolminger, Älvstranden Utveckling AB
Christine Olofsson, Älvstranden Utveckling AB
Michael Koucky, Koucky & Partners
Kjell Håkansson, Coop
Ulf Ceder, Scania
Catrin Wallinder, Trafikverket
Hans Fogelberg, Västra Götalandsregionen
Fredrik Cederstav, Volvo
Pernilla Sustovic, Volvo
Erika Svanström, Sveriges Åkeriföretag
Per Jonsson, Tyréns
Maria Johansson, Vinnova
Henrik Pålsson, Lunds universitet
Lena Hiselius, Lunds universitet
Maria Björklund, Linköpings universitet
Mats Abrahamsson, Linköpings universitet
Anders Johnson, RISE
Jenny Karlsson, VTI
Pegah Amani, RISE
Sara Ranäng, Sweco
Charlotta Johansson, Luleå tekniska universitet
Andia Gemsjö, Transportföretagen
Peter Georén, KTH
Andreas Hagen, Högskolan i Borås
Niklas Arvidsson, RISE
Jon Svensson, Skanska

Current projects


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    DenCity 3 Read more

    DenCity develops innovative solutions for sustainable and highly efficient passenger and freight transport in densely populated cities, and primarily contributes to the social challenge Sustainable Cities and Communities. DenCity will after step 3, has contributed to radical innovation and has created innovative processes for sustainable densification with good urban environments and reduced traffic intensity in complex urban development processes.

  • Geofencing

    Geofencing Read more

    Geofencing is a collective term that covers the application of technical solutions in combination with appropriate digital and organisational processes and procedures to prevent or to check vehicular transport in certain geographical areas. 

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    MIMIC Read more

    Smart construction logistics

    Construction is a necessity to create attractive and sustainable cities. However, the transport of goods and personnel to construction sites disturbs residents, businesses and road users. With your help, we can mitigate the negative impact through dialog, logistics optimization and smart governance.

Completed projects


  • Automated logistics services Read more

    To create conditions for sustainable urban and regional development there needs to be efficient transportation to, from and within cities and regions. By looking into different cases related to the handling of goods, collection of data and connection of goods, load carriers and vehicles, this pre-study aims to identify specific areas where efficiency could be improved by automation and also what other benefits automation can provide.



    Construction is a necessity to create attractive and sustainable cities. However, the transport of goods and personnel to construction sites disturbs residents, businesses and road users. By involving stakeholders, the CIVIC project contributed to increased transport and energy efficiency as well as to minimized disruptions and nuisance from construction logistics.

  • DenCity - Förstudie Read more

    In order to create a sustainable and attractive urban environment, there is a need for well-planned freight transport and public transportation. The Vinnova-financed preliminary study DenCity investigated how new urban centres make it possible to create innovative transport solutions. The preliminary study took place from 1 January 2015 to 20 August 2015.

  • DenCity level 2 Read more

    The DenCity project aimed to find innovative solutions and services to reduce overcrowding and environmental impact, and increase the quality of life for residents and workers in densely populated city districts. The key is to involve the general public in designing the solutions. Stockholm and Gothenburg were the test locations for the new transport solutions of the future.

  • Go:smart Read more

    The projekt Go:smart developed and tested an innovative travel broker service that facilitated and rewarded sustainable travelling in urban areas. The budget was 20 million SEK over two years, with 10 million SEK financed by Vinnova and 10 million SEK by the participating parties.

  • Ring Road Logistics - feasibility study Read more

    Increasing urbanization and the expected enlargement of regions as planned by Sweden’s metropolitan areas are resulting in major transportation challenges. There are many opportunities for enhancing transportation efficiency on arterial roads and ring roads in the metropolitan areas by dynamically prioritizing societally beneficial freight traffic and thereby boosting the capacity of existing infrastructure. 

  • Ring road logistics - prestudy Read more

    In March 2015, it emerged that VINNOVA supports a new feasibility study called "Bypass Logistics – efficient use of infrastructure. "The project is coordinated by CLOSER and managed by DB Schenker Consulting.

Associated projects


  • ElectriCity

    How do you create the conditions for a sustainable and attractive public transport network? In Gothenburg, industry, researchers and the community worked jointly to develop, test and demonstrate innovative futuristic solutions. The collaborative effort, which was until 2018, is known as ElectriCity. The participants in this case were Volvo Group, Chalmers Energy Agency, Region Västra Götaland, the City of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi, Västtrafik, Akademiska Hus, Keolis, Lindholmen Science Park and Johanneberg Science Park.

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    NordicWay 2 Read more

    This project contributed to the development and harmonization of cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) services, where cloud-to-cloud communication will contribute to a more efficient and secure transport system. NordicWay 2aimed to lay the groundwork for the implementation of C-ITS services by developing a digital infrastructure that supports hybrid communication of traffic-related data.

  • SamCity

    In its extension, the project aimed at creating a coordinated distribution of freight for the whole of Malmö city, based on coordination between public (municipal) and private flows in the same system, with a common c/o address (terminal) on the outskirts of the city. This is expected to create economies of scale and synergies, as well as environmental and road safety benefits thanks to shorter distances. The possibility of introducing environmentally friendly vehicles in city distribution operations could further enhance the environmental benefits.



    The Sege Park development zone in Malmö was closed to heavy traffic, which was rerouted to a micro-terminal where all deliveries are made. Goods are delivered to all businesses in Sege Park using cargo bikes and small electric vehicles, with waste collected in conjunction with delivery. The waste is then transported to micro-terminals where it is fetched using conventional garbage trucks.



  • CIVIC Final report

    CIVIC Final report

    Published 31 August 2018
  • Sub-report - Cost benefit analysis

    Published 30 April 2018
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  • Appendices - Ring road logistics

    Published 30 April 2018
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  • Ring road logistics - efficient use of infrastructure

    Published 30 April 2018
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  • Sub-report - Criteria for sustainable freight

    Published 30 April 2018
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  • Blockchains as a solution for traceability and transparency

    Published 23 February 2018
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  • Commercial Feasibility of Urban Waterway Transportation in Gothenburg

    Published 7 August 2017
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  • Implementing Inland Waterway Transportation in Urban Logistics

    Published 14 November 2016
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  • Sustainability criteria for urban freight systems - a case study of DenCity

    Published 31 August 2016
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  • Master Thesis Estimating freight deliveries in urban environments - An application to Frihamnen

    Published 25 January 2016
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  • Demo av innovativa lösningar för hållbar mobilitet på vattenvägar, testas i DenCity

    Published 16 February 2018
  • Water ways are a resource for transports in dense cities

    Published 16 February 2018

    A test within the project DenCity of the waterways in Göteborg Spring 2017. 

    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.

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  • DenCity 2027 - Your mobility in the future

    Published 16 February 2018

    The future scenario about DenCity 2027 was developed by RISE as part of the Digitalization Commission's report, Digitalization for a Sustainable Climate. Services and technologies featured in the movie exist today, but are not always commercialized or widely available. The following is a version of how we might use transport in our future cities.

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  • Urban waterways - Thesis presentation

    Published 10 June 2016
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  • Sustainability criteria - Thesis presentation

    Published 10 June 2016
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  • Presentation An Impact Analysis of Urban Activity in terms of Goods Transport Operations

    Published 25 January 2016
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Do you want to know more about Urban Mobility?

  • Anders Forsberg
    Project Manager
    Urban mobility, city logistics, smart city, urban development, sustainable freight and transport