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.
For years the privately-owned car has been a cornerstone for personal mobility, but now we are about to enter a new era. Connected, self-driving and shared vehicles is one important building block for this to happen. Add to this entirely new business models, serving the trend among the younger generation who prefer access to services over owning an asset; and we have a new system for personal mobility being shaped.
No longer will we need to own a car that is standing still most of the time, but instead we will be able to subscribe to a mobility service. A service that combines different vehicles and transportation modes in a seamless, always-connected system with an integrated payment mechanism, all adapted to our transportation needs. Our needs to transport goods in and out of our society will be met in a similar, highly integrated way.
We have tried to illustrate this vision in the “City of tomorrow” video.
As shown in this video, we believe that tomorrow’s mobility can be safer, more efficient, more environment-friendly, more affordable; while also reclaiming valuable space in cities.
However, in order for this to happen we need to work in a cross-functional way. For example, a vehicle manufacturer cannot trigger this development only by itself; neither can a city facilitate the transformation of mobility without working closely with lots of other stakeholders.
A few years ago, the Swedish government established a new instrument for addressing complex areas with huge potential to come up with sustainable solutions to challenges in our society, but – at the same time – requiring close cooperation among several stakeholders to succeed. Both these criteria apply perfectly to the opportunities and challenges with the next generation mobility system for people and goods, and in 2015 Drive Sweden was awarded a contract to address this domain as one of seventeen such Strategic Innovation Programs, (SIP). Drive Sweden is currently in the third year of an expected total duration of 12 years, and with a considerable governmental co-funding behind it.
Every three years, the financiers carry out an evaluation of the strategic innovation programs. 2018 was the time for the first evaluation of Drive Sweden, together with Medtech4Health, InfraSweden2030,
RE:Source and Smart Built Environment. On November 30, the evaluation was published, focusing on the establishment of the programs.
Drive Sweden Outlook
Drive Sweden has developed an outlook that shows what we want to jointly achieve within our partnership until 2030.
In order to reach our vision for a connected, autonomous, and shared mobility; a number of intermediary steps are necessary. Efforts in vehicle, mobility services and transport system research will be undertaken in an integrated manner that guarantees that Sweden’s mobility of the future will be sustainable, safe, efficient, while also being attractive. In the coming years, this plan will be updated regularly as we follow up on our achievements.
Jan Hellåker, Program Director, Drive Sweden, firstname.lastname@example.org