Aerodynamic and Flexible Trucks for Next Generation of Long Distance Road Transport (AEROFLEX)
Forskningsprojekt, 2017 – 2021

The transport sector contributes to about 25% of total CO2 emissions in the EU and is the only sector where the trend is still increasing. Taking into account the growing demand on the road transport system and the ambitious targets of the EC’s Transport White Paper, it is paramount to increase the efficiency of freight transport.
The vision of the AEROFLEX project is to support vehicle manufacturers and the logistics industry to achieve the coming challenges for road transport. The overall objective of the AEROFLEX project is to develop and demonstrate new technologies, concepts and architectures for complete vehicles with optimised aerodynamics, powertrains and safety systems as well as flexible and adaptable loading units with advanced interconnectedness contributing to the vision of a “physical internet”. The optimal matching of novel vehicle concepts and infrastructures is highly important, requiring the definition of smart infrastructure access policies for the next generation of trucks, load carriers and road infrastructure.

The specific technical objectives, main innovations and targeted key results are:
1. Characterise the European freight transport market (map, quantify and predict), the drivers, the constraints, the trends, and the mode and vehicle choice criteria
2. Develop new concepts and technologies for trucks with reduced drag, which are safer, comfortable, configurable and cost effective and ensure satisfaction of intermodal customer needs under varying transport tasks and conditions.
3. Demonstrate potential truck aerodynamics and energy management improvements with associated impact assessments of the new vehicle concepts, technologies and features developed in the AEROFLEX project.
4. Drafting of coherent recommendations for revising standards and legislative frameworks in order to allow the new aerodynamic and flexible vehicle concepts on the road.
To achieve an overall 18-33% efficiency improvement in road transport / long haulage by 2025+.


In the AEROFLEX project, the Crash Analysis and Prevention group at Chalmers University is responsible for Tasks 5.1 and 5.4. The activities of subtask 5.1 is to collect and analyze existing field data and prepare scenarios for assessment of the safety impact of active and passive safety systems addressed in the project. Task 5.4 will perform benefit analyses of the proposed safety solutions – using driver models developed within the project – and prepare recommendations for new regulations, standards, and policies.


András Bálint (kontakt)

Chalmers, Mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Fordonssäkerhet

Giulio Bianchi Piccinini

Chalmers, Mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Fordonssäkerhet

Ron Schindler

Chalmers, Mekanik och maritima vetenskaper, Fordonssäkerhet


Centro Ricerche Fiat (CRF)

Orbassano, Italy

Creo Dynamics

Linkoping, Sweden

DAF Trucks NV

Eindhoven, Netherlands

Deutsches Zentrums für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR)

Köln, Germany


Munchen, Germany

Idiada Automotive Technology

Tarragona, Spain

Iveco S.p.A.

Torino, Italy

MAN Truck and Bus

Munich, Germany

Medizinische Hochschule Hannover (MHH)

Hannover, Germany


Clermont-Ferrand, France

Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek (TNO)

Delft, Netherlands

Scania CV AB

Södertälje, Sweden

Schmitz Cargobull AG

Horstmar, Germany

Stichting Hogeschool van Arnhem

Arnhem, Netherlands

Stichting Nationaal Lucht- En Ruimtevaartlaboratorium (NLR)

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tirsan Treyler AS

Sakarya, Turkey

Transport and Mobility Leuven (TML)

Leuven, Belgium

Union Internationale des Societes de Transport Combine Rail-Route (UIRR)

Bryssel, Belgium


Delft, Netherlands

Van Eck Group

Beesd, Netherlands

Volvo Group

Gothenburg, Sweden


Bryssel, Belgium


Europeiska kommissionen (EU)

Projekt-id: EC/H2020/769658
Finansierar Chalmers deltagande under 2017–2021

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