About Drive Sweden
It's not all about driverless vehicles. This is a completely new approach to mobility. We are on the threshold of a radical shift, and it's happening fast. In just a few years the world will change. We will see entirely new mobility business models enabling sustainable cities.
More people in a limited area means increased congestion and other negative impacts on our society and the environment. These are but a few of the reasons behind a rapidly increasing interest in automated transport systems.
Automated transport systems include, essentially, all forms of transportation – private journeys, public transport and freight transportation. You order a driverless vehicle when you need one, perhaps for a convenient connection to public transport. On reaching your destination the vehicle continues on to pick up the next traveler. Various modes of transport are seamlessly mixed to provide an optimal journey.
New, smart solutions also enable flexible goods deliveries in cities. Large areas that are currently used for parking will become available for activities that contribute to increased quality of life. In parallel, the transportation sector will change its focus from products to services. This will open up for new business models and diminish differences between people.
Sweden has an automotive industry that is at the cutting edge in terms of safety and care for the environment. We have world leading information technology and telecom companies. And we have a tradition of systems thinking and excellent collaboration between industry, academia and government.
Drive Sweden is a Strategic Innovation Program launched by the Swedish government that gathers the best in the area – from all sectors of society. We work closely together to make optimal use of all possibilities, but also to address the challenges that could arise along the way. This could pertain to road safety, adaptation of infrastructure and legislation that needs updating.
The Drive Sweden innovation program started in the spring of 2015. It is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency, the Swedish Research Council Formas and Sweden’s innovation agency VINNOVA. Lindholmen Science Park is the host for the program.
Jan Hellåker, Program Director, Drive Sweden, firstname.lastname@example.org