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Current projects


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    DenCity 3

    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.

  • Feasibility studies for digitizing logistics chains Read more

    Using innovative digital technology, new conditions are being created to enhance the efficiency of the logistics and transport systems of the future. Innovations and effective business models are enabling a smarter use of resources in today’s infrastructure and the transport system as a whole. Within this main area, three feasibility studies have been carried out between December 2017 and July 2018 in preparation for demonstration and implementation. 

  • FR8HUB Read more

    For the first time, a comprehensive European grasp of the railways is being taken through the Shift2Rail initiative. Nearly SEK 9 billion is being invested from the EU and the industry for the purpose of developing the rail system to meet tomorrow's needs. Part of the Horizon 2020 project, Shift2Rail will run up until 2023. With 71 member organizations working in six innovation programs, the Swedish Transport Administration is taking part as a Swedish partner and one of the founding members. CLOSER is now coming in to support the Administration in its latest project: FR8HUB.

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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.

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    NordicWay 2 Read more

    This project is contributing 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 2 will lay the groundwork for the implementation of C-ITS services by developing a digital infrastructure that supports hybrid communication of traffic-related data.

  • SESAM II Read more

    The objective of this project is to establish a sustainable business model and to ensure the quality of the technical platform for the digital locks that were developed in the first SESAM project. Its ambition is to contribute to a more effective supply chain and improved level of service for product owners and freight recipients through a more customized logistical arrangement. A standard for digital locks creates the conditions for freight recipients to allow carriers to open locked spaces and to deliver the goods even if the freight recipient is not on site.

  • Shift2Rail

    Shift2Rail is the first European rail initiative to seek focused research and innovation (R&I) and market-driven solutions by accelerating the integration of new and advanced technologies into innovative rail product solutions. CLOSER has the role, by the Shift2Rail partner Swedish Transport Administration,  as cluster coordinator for swedish partners within the framework of Innovation Program 5 – Freight.

Completed projects


  • Autolast Read more

    Automation is considered an important enabler for more efficient freight transport systems. This project addresses the issues surrounding a relatively unexplored aspect of freight transport systems: automatic loading and unloading of freight. The project’s objective was to study the potential—and the technical conditions required—to develop and prepare one or more demonstrations of autonomous forklifts that can load and unload freight.

  • 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.


  • Bypass 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. 


    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 contributes to increased transport and energy efficiency as well as to minimized disruptions and nuisance from construction logistics.

  • DenCity level 2 Read more

    The DenCity project aims 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 are the test locations for the new transport solutions of the future.

  • Effective, sustained and connected logistics systems Read more

    Increased digitalization and connectivity in logistics, as well as the transition to renewable fuels for freight transportation, are the starting points for several feasibility studies now in progress as part of the Government's innovation partnership program for "The Next Generation's Travel and Transport." 

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    ELLOG Read more

    The transition to a transportation system based on renewable energy will likely mean that electric-powered trucks will be used, especially in urban areas. Electric-powered vehicles reduce or eliminate local emissions of gases and particles, as well as noise. The energy consumption for a given transportation assignment is also expected to decrease. 

  • Extended gates Read more

    Extended Gates is a project that will lead to reduced congestion and environmental impacts from heavy vehicles adjacent to ports and terminals. The study is coordinated and projects led by Closer and further develops results from an FFI projects IVL and Logistics Landscapers drove and gave the final report in June 2015 that showed a big improvement in the Gothenburg harbor.

  • Fossil-free gas for heavy truck transport Read more

    The challenge of converting the freight transportation sector to fossil-free energy will require more than one type of energy source. Electrification is one promising alternative for urban distribution in city regions, as well as inter-regionally between metropolitan areas. Providing all of Sweden with fossil-free energy, however, will require alternative fuels.

  • Go:smart Read more (Swedish)

    The projekt Go:smart is developing and testing an innovative travel broker service that facilitate and reward sustainable travelling in urban areas. The budget is 20 million SEK over two years, with 10 million SEK financed by Vinnova and 10 million SEK by the participating parties.

  • GreCOR

    GreCOR – Green Corridor in the North Sea Region –
     is an Interreg IVB North Sea Region project that started the 1st of January 2012. GreCOR promote the development of a co-modal transport corridor in the North Sea Region. Important in this collaborative approach, is the focus on secondary networks and the hubs, and the regional hinterland around the Green transport corridor Oslo-Randstad from a co-modal perspective.

  • Multimodal information sharing Read more

    Over the spring and summer of 2018, the Multimodal Information Sharing cooperation project (MMID in Swedish) will take the first steps toward creating conditions for a standardized information sharing service for industrial freight flows. The project has taken the form of a preliminary study, of which the purpose is to use two use cases to identify gaps in the flow of information - something that today occurs in modal shift between vehicles and other modes of transportation. 

  • Physical internet Read more

    Physical Internet refers to an open global logistics system based on physical, digital and operational interconnection. This is permitted by intelligent modular units, interfaces and protocols for increased efficiency and sustainability.

  • 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.

  • SESAM Read more

    The project’s objective was to develop a business model and technical platform for digital locks that will contribute to more effective supply chains and improve the level of service for product owners and freight recipients through a more customized logistical arrangement. A standard for digital locks creates the conditions for freight recipients to allow carriers to open locked spaces and to deliver the goods even if the freight recipient is not on site. 

  • Swiftly Green

    SWIFTLY Green (Sweden-Italy Freight Transport and Logistics Green Corridor) is a European project aiming to develop a toolbox for green corridors. The toolbox will consist of guidelines, tools and recommendations for greening of logistics and transport. It will be based on best practice and transferable results from a thorough mapping and analysis of previous and on-going projects.

  • Triple Helix Freight Venture Read more

    Can a coordinated investment in research and innovation (R&I) in the freight area be effective in contributing to a more cohesive freight transport system? To answer that question, a new feasibility study looking into the "Triple Helix Freight Venture" is now starting.

Associated projects


  • DUO2 (Swedish only)

    DUO2 is an HCT (High Capacity Transit) project. We develop and carry out experiments on the Gothenburg-Malmö/Helsingborg route via the E6 between Schenker’s terminals in each city. Trial combinations include "DUO trailer" (a tractor, semitrailer dolly and a semitrailer), 32 meters long, and a "DUO-trailer" (Truck and 2 trailers), 27.3 meters long. Trucks and a single trailer are also used for distributing and picking up during daylight hours in Gothenburg, Malmö and Helsingborg.

  • ElectriCity

    How do you create the conditions for a sustainable and attractive public transport network? In Gothenburg, industry, researchers and the community are now working jointly to develop, test and demonstrate innovative futuristic solutions. The collaborative effort, which extends until 2018, is known as ElectriCity. The participants in this case are 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.

  • ETT - a path to a bio-based societ (Swedish only)

    The forest products industry faces the challenge of reducing carbon emissions without losing competitiveness. More energy-efficient road transport, featuring heavier and longer vehicles, is part of the solution.

  • SamCity

    In its extension, the project is 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.


  • Samordning demonstratorer (Swedish only)

    The San Demo project compiles information about all HCT trucks active in Sweden. The project manages and disseminates information about HCT vehicles to interested trucking companies and transport organizations.

  • VETT (Swedish only)

    VETT (Swedish acronym of “Volvo Takes an Extra Pile”) is an HCT project. We are developing and conducting experiments on the Överkalix - Piteå route via the E10 and E4 between SCA's timber terminals using 90-ton combinations (truck-dolly- link-semitrailer) and 70 to 74-ton vehicles for round-log application combinations with and without cranes, tractors and trucks. It is important to have a number of combinations to ensure that the basis for the regulations and technical solutions relating to the 74-ton vehicles are as favorable as possible.

  • ZNOZE (Swedish only)

    The Sege Park development zone in Malmö is closed to heavy traffic, which is 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.