EUCAR has identified the main priorities for collaborative research and innovation (R&I) in the automotive sector, expressing these as the “Strategic Areas”. They are represented in the graphic above, showing the three Strategic Areas of Sustainable Mobility, Digitalisation of Road Transport and Commercial Vehicles. Each contains a strategic vision statement expressing the main objectives to be targeted for collaborative automotive R&I in the domain.
Each Strategic Area is governed by an expert appointed by the EUCAR Council, with the mission to define the strategic vision, set the research and innovation priorities and oversee the work of the relevant EUCAR Expert Groups (see below). The Groups are geared towards executing the first bullet of the EUCAR Mission “Driving strategy and assessment of collaborative automotive research and innovation” and contribute to the second and third bullets. The Strategic Areas consist of a EUCAR Council member, the leaders and deputy leaders of the relevant Expert Groups and additional nominated experts from EUCAR members.
Senior experts from EUCAR’s members meet within EUCAR Expert Groups to address pre-competitive collaborative research and innovation activities, including the identification of common research needs, the compilation of roadmaps and the conception of projects.