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21 Oct Moving people and goods – Developing integrated mobility and logistics to promote quality of life and prosperity

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2012
Mobility is one of our basic needs as human beings. It provides us with independence, allows us to express our individuality and enables us to enjoy a full social life and participate actively in society. We need mobility to do our shopping, for example, and it is therefore essential for trade and supplying people with the goods they buy. Goods transport, production and trade are also facilitated by logistics. Efficient logistics networks are key to securing economic growth and enabling Germany's export trade to do business on the international market. The German logistics industry is worth 222 billion euros and employs 2.8 million people, making it the country's third largest industry. Logistics is also a high-tech business with enormous market potential both nationally and internationally.
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21 Oct New autoMobility – The Future World of Automated Road Traffic

National Academy of Science and Engineering (acatech)
2015
Owing to developments in the field of assistance systems and automated driving, vehicles are taking over more and more elements of the driving tasks hitherto incumbent on the driver. Thus, automation and connectivity are under way of revolutionising the road transport system. In the present POSITION paper, the project group New autoMobility, a joint initiative by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure and acatech, develops a target scenario of a world of automated road traffic in a future beyond 2030. It provides a set of usage scenarios addressing the challenges of our present mobility system. On the basis of these scenarios, the project group worked out specific policy recommendations for implementation in politics and society. They describe what steps must be taken to set the course towards automated road traffic and how best to take advantage of its ecological, economic and social benefits to promote public welfare. Contributors: Klaus, Vieweg, Werner, Damm
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21 Oct The automobile of the future

National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF)
2012
The report gives an overview of world-wide automobile production and its foreseeable development: the position of the electric vehicle, the market for hybrid vehicles and ‘green' fuels (including hydrogen). It suggests that mobility might evolve into a simple service (car ownership no longer being the first choice) where the electric vehicle for urban use finds its place, given that the majority of the world population will live in large urban areas. The car is then looked at from the perspective of a global mobility system with inevitable changes in patterns of movement, infrastructures, regulation and multi-modality. Considering the technological dimension of the car of the future, how will it impact future domestic technological and design capabilities and the industrialisation process and which are the key technologies to remain in control of French companies to maintain a competitive automotive industry. Recommendation: Preserve an automotive industry in France. It is a vector of technological innovation and provides millions of jobs. Working-group leader: Olivier Morel, President Competitiveness Cluster NOV@LOG, President of PREDIT’s Logistics and Transport of Merchandise Group (GO4), and NATF Fellow
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21 Oct Freight Systems

National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF)
2012
The report assumes fuel and pollution-related costs of transport will rise substantially.  However, such costs are only a minor part of the overall costs of a transport system that includes logistics for managing the “Production – Transport – Distribution” chain.  The report looks specifically into the transport of manufactured goods, representing 50% of total volume, but growing at a rate of 8% per year.  On a global scale, this marine-based system appears to be resilient and self-adapting to market conditions, while the local chains include rail, road and waterways.  Potential cost reductions are mainly linked to the power of IT in logistics, including in production (M2M), collection, shipping and distribution: the “second invisible arm”. The study takes account of both world and European trends, and draws comparisons for gaining a better understanding of the French issues.  It also looks at related French Research capabilities and how to improve cross-fertilisation between different disciplines, the linkage to the private sector and international collaborations for greater impact.  Last, not least, it points to the need of making this sector more attractive to talented young people and adapt the curriculum at the “Grandes Écoles” to the needs of the market. Group Leader: Jean-Claude Raoule, NATF Territorial Delegate West, Technical Advisor to the French Railway Industry Association, Director of the European Association of Railway Interoperability, and NATF Fellow.
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21 Oct Dublin-Belfast Economic Corridor

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2016
The development of an economic corridor connecting the island’s two main cities is recommended as the best way to maximise economic growth, to compete with larger city regions internationnaly and attract inward investment.
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21 Oct The Atlantic City Regions

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2016
By completing an an intcreasingly connected network of co-operating and complementary city regions, achieve more balanced regional development and investment.
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21 Oct Sustainable Transport – Infrastructure 2035

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2016
An all island study of Sustainable Transport Infrastructure, to be delivered over the next 20 years, to support competitive economies, enhance social wellbeing and underpin optimum spatial planning.
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21 Oct BREXIT Implications for Transport Infrastructure Investment

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2018
The report was prepared by an Academy taskforce and is one of a series that has and will continue to focus on important topics with a significant engineering dimension The Academy generally seeks to engage with issues of longer term import but on occasion will also address more pressing subjects with a view to helping to identify appropriate solutions. No issue is more immediate and pressing from the current Irish standpoint than that of Brexit. The ongoing uncertainties generated by the process of UK withdrawal from the EU as well as the dependence of a high proportion of Irish trade on either the British market or access to third countries via Great Britain pose significant risks requiring attention. This report on the implications for transport infrastructure investment is both timely and, it is intended as, a contribution by the Academy to the overall Brexit discussion.
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21 Oct IAE Response to Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s call for submissions to METROLINK proposal

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2018
The Academy has made a response to Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s (TII) call for submissions in relation to its METROLINK proposal. The Academy’s proposals are in line with its Feb 2015 submission to the National Transport Authority (NTA) on Transport Strategy for the GDA 2015-2035 and its April 2016 report Sustainable Transport Infrastructure 2035. Both documents called for the development of Metro North/South, from Swords to Sandyford, as now proposed by TII. The Academy’s submission indicates that by choosing an alternative alignment, to that proposed between the M50 and the Royal Canal, the requirement for bored tunnelling could be substantially limited and the number of underground stations reduced from six to one, thus saving over €500m on civil engineering costs. The Academy also considers that the alternative alignment it put forward would also make a greater contribution to integrated land use and transport planning and make a comparable contribution to social inclusion. The Academy also identified a number of technical issues in the city area where alternative solutions may be more appropriate.
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21 Oct Mobile phone relay antennas

National Academy of Technologies of France (NATF)
2009
The NATF, along with the Academies of Sciences and Medicine, approves the conclusions (October 2009) of the independent French Agency of Environmental and Work Sanitary Security (AFSSET) related to radiofrequencies. A very complete and extended analysis of 226 recent publications shows that, in the experimental conditions and measurements employed, there is no convincing proof of any biological effect of radiofrequencies at non-thermal levels. The 3 Academies consider that the AFSSET’s study does not justify any reduction of human exposure to relay radiofrequencies antennas.
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