To focus and prioritise its research and innovation efforts in line with the guiding objectives set out, the Forever Open Road programme follows a comprehensive and consistent systems approach (see figure below) which gives focus to the following three key elements:
At the beginning of 2013, roadmaps for each of the three above elements were published. Each roadmap identifies the priorities for future research actions up to 2030, broken down into Innovation Themes which outline the steps and predicted timelines required for:
Research and Development
The roadmaps build on a basis of national and industrial programmes on road research, truly rendering Forever Open Road a programme of programmes. They include chapters on the External Drivers for each respective element, the Scope and Approach (which includes the Innovation Themes), as well as the specific milestones and reference to aligned national programmes.
Implementation of the roadmaps will ultimately lead to a comprehensive portfolio of proven solutions that builds on state of the art practices. System trials will demonstrate the viability of the respective solutions. These themes were produced by a group of experts per theme.