Since 2002, ERTRAC has been an open forum for all relevant stakeholders in the road transport research. SAFIER provides common agreement on the scenarios for the urban mobility, long-distant transport, road transport safety, environment and energy, global competitiveness and enabling technologies sectors. The crucial contribution that ERTRAC has made towards the establishment of the European Research Area and achieving the Lisbon goals addressing the 21st Century's key economic, technological, environmental and societal challenges for road transport will be continued. SAFIER will support the development of transport specific innovations that has delivered step changes into efficiency and cleanness in the next 20 years and beyond.
SAFIER has lead to a radical change in the stimulation of the Research and Development (R&D) of breakthrough technologies and concepts for transport. The involvement of all relevant parties have considered new approaches and models for implementing the radically new solutions (both in technology and ways of thinking) that have overcomed the key challenges and in particular address the impact on, and of, climate change and overcoming energy dependency. Topics such as urban mobility and long distance transport will be discussed in an integrated way with other transport modes. Industry and public authorities will use the outputs of SAFIER to shape their R&D strategies to prioritise on areas of consensus and coordinate research activities. SAFIER has demonstrated to decision-makers that action were possible to address the climatic, energy, mobility, safety, and global competitiveness challenges facing Europe.