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The Forever Open Road

Presented for FEHRL by Bob Collis,

November 2009

Presented by Name HereJob Title - Date

The forever open road

The Forever Open Road


The 5th Generation Road


The Forever Open Road Concept


The Challenges


What Happens Next…


Getting Involved

The 5th generation road

The 5th Generation Road

  • Past WOW! Factors in Road Construction?

    • 1st generation – the track?

    • 2nd generation - the paved road?

    • 3rd generation - the smooth road?

    • 4th generation - the continuous road/motorways?

    • What will the 5th Generation Be Like?

  • We need start to develop the 5th Generation Road!

    • Solves existing and future problems

    • Achievable through new technology

  • Stakeholders need to be convinced that there’s a workable concept!

    • Must be a long-term pan-European solution

    • Must have lots of costs savings and benefits

  • There must be a champion to drive it forward!

Why do we need a 5 th generation road

Why do we need a 5th Generation Road?

  • Address Global Challenges

  • Climate Change

  • Carbon Reduction

  • Energy Generation

  • Global Financial Crisis

What should the 5 th generation road do

What should the 5th Generation Road do?

  • Meet European Targets

  • Safe and Secure Road Transport System

  • Highly Competitive and Sustainable Products and Services

  • Cleaner, Quieter and More Energy Efficient Road Transport

  • Enhanced Mobility, Optimised and Efficient Seamless Systems

The 5 th generation road idea

The 5th Generation Road Idea

  • Takes all our existing ideas and produces one solution that will support all our future needs….

    • the Adaptable Road

    • the Automated Road

    • the Climate Change Resilient Road

  • A concept that will…

    • provide an integratede system

    • be adaptable to future travel demands

    • provide low-cost automated travel

    • produce sustainable benefits

  • Be Forever Open

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In-built lane and vehicle direction information

Integrated driver/maintenance information system

Bolt-on lanes and road Infrastructure

Measures own Condition

Instant crack repair

In-built electronic vehicle guidance systems/power

Carbon Capture Planting & Devices

Heat storage and energy harvesting

Snow and ice dispersing


Carbon free construction

Recycled materials

Built-in flood resistance

The forever open road concept

The Forever Open Road Concept

  • The 5th Generation Road that will be Forever Open

  • With zero delays from:

    • congestion,

    • accidents,

    • roadworks,

    • maintenance.

  • The Forever Open Road is a concept being developed by FEHRL

  • It will meet our future road infrastructure requirements

  • By being flexible and sustainable.

The challenges

The Challenges

  • How Do We Make It Work?

New Technology

Early Stage Technology


Transfer from Near Markets

Existing Technology

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  • Who Does the Work?

Vehicle OEMs




Vehicle Coms

Locking grid



Road Coms

Low carbon base





Self Monitoring



Storm water

Energy harvesting


National Gov’ts

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What Happens Next…

Phase 4: Demonstration Projects and Monitoring

Phase 3: Develop the Three Elements

Phase 2:

Scope of R&D

Phase 1: Concept Development







Getting involved

Getting Involved

  • The Programme is being taken forward by:

    • LCPC (France)

    • BASt (Germany)

    • DRI (Denmark)

    • RWS DVS (Netherlands)

    • TRL (UK)

  • FEHRL is seeking support and funding from:

    • Governments

    • Academic institutions

    • Industry

Thank you

Thank You

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