Today’s great challenges include making road vehicles radically more green, safe and intelligent. One obvious course for solving this situation is research and technical solutions. Another is societal clustering building activitiesand strategic cluster management. The SAGE aim is just this; to strengthen regional capacity in research andinnovation and thereby support the transformation of road vehicle technology and market.The SAGE partnership consists of five regional research driven automotive clusters. The project runs from 2011 to 2014 and is financed by the European Union 7th Framework Programme within the theme Regions of Knowledge.



  • Map and analyse the participating regions in regard to competences and cluster organisation for safe and green road vehicles
  • Expand the SAGE network with emerging regional clusters and offer support to increase their capacity
  • Map and analyse selected automotive clusters in Asia and suggest strategies for cooperation
  • Develop a common SAGE agenda with long and short term goals for innovation, research and education
  • Implement the common agenda through concrete activities such as research projects, student mobility and new policy instruments
  • Market the clusters world-wide and promote the strengths of the respective regions

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08.01.2014: The EC steps up its support to towns and cities in a new urban mobility package

Published 8 January 

Cities are home to over 70 % of the EU population and account for some 85 % of the Union's GDP. Most journeys begin and end in cities. In many urban areas, however, increasing demand for urban mobility has created a situation that is not sustainable: severe congestion, poor air quality, noise emissions and high levels of CO2 emissions. Urban congestion jeopardises EU goals for a competitive and resource-efficient transport system. .With the Urban Mobility Package, the Commission reinforces its supporting measures in the area of urban tr  more

19.12.2013: Volvo Cars initiates a world unique Swedish pilot project with self-driving cars on public roads

Published: 19 December 2013

Volvo Cars will play a leading role in the world’s first large-scale autonomous driving pilot project in which 100 self-driving Volvo cars will use public roads in everyday driving conditions around the Swedish city of Gothenburg.The ground-breaking project ‘Drive Me – Self-driving cars for sustainable mobility’ is a joint initiative between Volvo Car Group, the Swedish Transport Administration, the Swedish Transport Agency, Lindholmen Science Park and the City of Gothenburg.  more

07.08.2013: Volvo launches silent electric buses in Gothenburg

Published: 7 August 2013

Buses that operate silently and with no emissions, which pick up passengers at indoor stops and run on renewable electricity — this will be the reality for an ultramodern bus route in Gothenburg starting in 2015. The technology will provide completely new opportunities for public transport in the cities of the future. Behind the initiative is the Volvo Group, in collaboration with the Swedish Energy Agency, Västra Götaland Region, the City of Gothenburg, Göteborg Energi, Västtrafik, Lindholmen Science Park and Johanneberg Science Park.  more

27.03.2013: Road safety: EU reports lowest ever number of road deaths and takes first step towards an injuries strategy

Published: 19 March 2013

Road fatalities across the EU have decreased by 9% in 2012. According to new figures published by the European Commission today, 2012 saw the lowest number of people killed in road traffic in EU countries since the first data were collected.Vice-President Siim Kallas, Commissioner for transport, said, "2012 was a landmark year for European road safety, with the lowest ever number of road deaths recorded. A 9% decrease means that 3,000 lives were saved last year. It is hugely encouraging to see these kinds of results. St  more

05.03.2013: Guidelines on financial incentives: Promoting energy efficient vehicles

Published: 28 February 2013

The European Commission published today new guidelines on how Member States should use financial incentives to best increase demand for low CO2 emission vehicles.Currently, rules on financial incentives differ across the EU, but a common framework could help facilitate the assembly of larger quantities of such vehicles, prompting lower prices for consumers. Incentives can be useful instruments to foster the low CO2 producing vehicle industry, but they can also create trade distortions  more



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