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Introduction
 


The FP7 project EAGAR benchmarks the current public automotive research activities at international level, in particular the European Union with North America, Japan, South Korea, India, China and selected other emerging economies.

The European Commission has stated objectives to improve the competitive position of the EU for economic benefit. Benchmarking and competitor assessments are essential tools for developing strategic plans and focussing investments. Until now, there has been no perspective available to compare global RTD strategies and priorities.

EAGAR creates a methodology for collecting consistent information on automotive RTD to enable benchmark comparison between countries on an equal basis.

EAGAR identifies the national road transport visions and roadmaps, research priorities, supported key topics, technology pathway, as well as the level of investment. This enables a direct comparison of national automotive R&D policies relating to the environment (energy, CO2, pollution, recycling, noise), safety and congestion. The comparison of visions and roadmaps contributes to ERTRAC, the European Technology Platform for Road Transport and its Strategic Research Agenda and Implementation Plans.

The EAGAR study provides a key perspective on global investments designed to improve automotive technologies for a greener, safer and smarter road transport system. It will assist in defining the future direction of the European automotive sector. The benchmarking study benefits the competitiveness of Europe and enables the stakeholders to adjust its visions & plans for the future.


EAGAR has the following specific objectives
  • To create a methodology for collecting consistent information on automotive RTD to enable benchmark comparison between countries on an equal basis.
  • To provide overviews of national road transport visions and roadmaps where available and a comparison with the outline vision developed by ERTRAC.
  • To provide details and comparisons of automotive research priorities (relating to the environment, safety and congestion) and investments for Europe, North America, Japan, South Korea, China, India and selected ASEAN nations.
  • To highlight areas of strength and weakness in European RTD compared to these countries.
  • To identify potential international cooperation areas and to make recommendations for future research and related policy measures in Europe in order to cover areas of weakness.