The future mobility scenarios being developed now will clearly have impacts on road infrastructure in the future. The traditional ways of travel will change and the use of automated and guided vehicles will have a greater effect on road requirements. The current recognised industrial change 4.0 – or often referred to as `smart’ industry – will continue further spread across a much wider scope of impact and influence.
With more than 90% of the existing European road infrastructure being represented by asphalt materials, this means that as an industry we will also need to accommodate to the future mobility solutions either for maintenance or construction. The continued integration of digitalisation into industry practices, the needs to create better connectivity and data exchange platforms, and the general ambition overall to offer sustainable solutions will all play key roles.
Asphalt, bitumen and other related industries need to be ready for these future requirements - undoubtedly asphalt roads and the services they provide will remain of high importance in the future for all types of end users from cyclists, motorcycles, cars, buses and heavy goods vehicles regardless of the way they move forward. The focus however, will be to create smart roads and therefore smart asphalt.
The industry’s future will be the main topic of the next E&E Congress, that will be held in Madrid, Spain, from 12 to 14 May. The aim of the meeting is to highlight the importance of an efficient European road network and also the importance that research and new developments play in ensuring that the asphalt roads will be ready for all future demands and innovations.
New technologies do not only influence the future, they also have and will have a clear impact on the way we produce materials, pave and compact asphalt in the future.
The main objectives of the E&E Congress 2020 are to:
To achieve these objectives a varied programme will be been created which identifies key issues associated with future mobility and the role asphalt solutions can play here.