Transportation Research Challenges Based on the Analysis of EU Projects


  • Domokos Esztergár-Kiss Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Faculty of Transportation Engineering and Vehicle Engineering



transport research, Horizon 2020, research topics, challenges


In recent years several projects have been realised in the field of transportation, but there is a lack of systematic analysis of research challenges connected to these projects. Thus, the main aim of this paper is to provide an overview of these challenges through EU funded projects in the field of smart, green and integrated transport. Based on EU strategic documents, reports and roadmaps, 10 topics are identified playing a crucial role in transportation-related research. A systematic analysis of the projects is realised, where the projects collected from an online database in the Horizon 2020 framework programme from 2015 to 2020 are categorised into these topics. The results show that travel behaviour, big data and open data, sustainable mobility planning and smart solutions are covered by several projects which reflect the main research trends. While active and shared modes, multimodal transportation, trip optimisation and Mobility as a Service are also popular topics. Based on the results, the most underrepresented research areas are artificial intelligence and social networks. The analysis of the connections between the research topics could enable the achievement of a long-term paradigm shift in urban mobility, which is beneficial for researchers, professionals and policy makers.


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How to Cite

Esztergár-Kiss, D. (2023). Transportation Research Challenges Based on the Analysis of EU Projects. Promet - Traffic&Transportation, 35(4), 446–461.