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AEROFLEX - AEROdynamic and FLEXible Trucks for Next Generation of Long Distance Road Transport –project, which receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 769658, started in October 2017 with the objective of developing and demonstrating new technologies, concepts and architectures for complete vehicles that are energy efficient, safe, comfortable, configurable and cost-effective, while ensuring that the varying need of costumers are satisfied by being flexible and adaptable with respect to the continuously changing operational conditions. In order to understand the origin of this project, an overview of the previous initiatives will be introduced and the main take away messages will be adopted. Projects used as a baseline are: TRANSFORMERS project - Grant Agreement No. 605170, FALCON Project - CEDR Call 2015 Freight and Logistics in a Multimodal Context, and finally, FLUXNET - CEDR Call 2015 Freight and Logistics in a Multimodal Context. In addition, one of the main pillars of AEROFLEX project is the drafting of coherent recommendations for revising standards and legislative frameworks in order to allow the new aerodynamic and flexible vehicle concepts on the road. These recommendations will be addressed to policy-makers, authorities and industry on standardization. This input will count with the support of the AEROFLEX Sounding Board, which is a group of experts that comprises key representative from authorities, policymakers, freight logistics operators and industry. At the end of the project, by 2021, these recommendations will be compiled in a handbook, which will be submitted to the European Commission. This paper summarizes the results and outputs obtained so far. It comprises the State of the Art with regards to the current regulatory framework, the current boundaries and constraints within the European transport and logistics industry are identified and the results from the workshops organized with the Sounding Board members.
Mr. Oriol Flix, IDIADA Automotive Technology, S.A., SPAIN Mr. Carlos Luján, IDIADA Automotive Technology, S.A., SPAIN Mr. César Elpuente, IDIADA Automotive Technology, S.A., SPAIN