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Strategic Partners

FISITA's Strategic Partners, listed below, are stakeholder organisations engaged in promoting excellence and diversity in the advancement of automotive, mobility systems engineering and associated technologies.

The Center for Automotive Research

The Center for Automotive Research (CAR) produces industry-driven research and analyses; develops forecasts; fosters dialogue and convenes forums; and publicly disseminates research through its events, website, and the media.

As an independent, non-profit, research organisation with a multi-disciplinary approach, CAR engages with leaders in the global automotive industry to support technology advancements and improve the competitiveness of the U.S. automotive industry. CAR succeeds through close collaboration and strong relationships with automakers, suppliers, industry associations, government, non-profits, labour organisations, and educational institutions.


European Automotive Research Partners Association

Founded in 2002, EARPA is the association of automotive R&D organisations. It brings together the most prominent independent R&D providers in the automotive sector throughout Europe. Its membership counts at present 50 members ranging from large and small commercial organisations to national institutes and universities.

EARPA is the platform of automotive researchers and is actively contributing to the European Research Area and the future EU RTD funding programmes.



EuroRAP is an international not for profit association of national and regional road authorities, mobility clubs, road safety NGO’s and researchers. The Association supports activities across 27 European Countries in addition to 100 partners worldwide supported by our global umbrella iRAP.

EuroRAP’s unique purpose is that it provides a holistic, complete and standardised approach in road safety assessment using its protocols with the aim to ensure a Europe without no accidents in order to work towards the implementation of both the United Nations Sustainability Goals 3-4 and European Commission goals on road safety / Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management. 



ERTICO – ITS Europe is a public-private membership-driven organisation promoting and deploying intelligent transport systems (ITS) in Europe through a variety of activities, such as projects, innovation platforms, events and ITS Congresses, stakeholder engagement and international cooperation to save lives, protect the environment and sustain mobility in the most cost-effective way. ERTICO was founded in 1991 at the initiative of 15 leading members of the European Industry. Now, with 120+ partners, ERTICO connects public authorities, industry players, infrastructure operators, users, national ITS associations and other organisations, and works to “Shape intelligent mobility for Europe together”.  


European Association of Automotive Suppliers

CLEPA, the European Association of Automotive Suppliers, is the voice of European automotive suppliers, representing over 3,000 companies which employ 5,000,000 employees, invest over €20 billion yearly in R&I and provide solutions for safe, smart and sustainable mobility.

Research and Innovation - The European automotive supply industry is a global technology leader, largely due to its yearly investment of more than €20 billion in innovation. For years, European automotive suppliers have registered the most patents for innovations in emissions and safety by bringing to the market an increasing diversity of products, with ever shorter development and production cycles. Automotive suppliers play a key role in innovating and adapting the automotive industry to meet new global societal challenges and regulatory requirements. It is increasingly important to develop new technologies and systems for higher performance in terms of safety, sustainability, connectivity and comfort.

Solutions Provider - Automotive suppliers deliver solutions today for the challenges of tomorrow’s road transport. Thanks to a wide range of innovative technologies, safe, smart and sustainable mobility improve every day, for the greater benefit of consumers, in terms of cost and comfort.

Business Leader - The ability for industry and their associated service companies to sell their products and profit in Europe and the world forms the necessary basis for further investment, innovation, tax revenues and employment in Europe. The EU needs to maintain a world-class car industry, producing the safest, smartest and most sustainable vehicles globally and providing high-skilled jobs to millions. The European Commission’s new targets – to increase industry’s share of GDP to 20% by 2020, to reduce consumption of primary energy by 20% by 2020, to cut emissions up to 40% by 2030 – can only be achieved with the strong contribution of the automotive industry and its expertise in technologies.


European Automobile Manufacturers' Association

The European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA) represents the 15 major Europe-based car, van, truck and bus manufacturers: BMW Group, CNH Industrial, DAF Trucks, Daimler, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Ford of Europe, Honda Motor Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, PSA Group, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, and Volvo Group.


European Council for Automotive R&D

The European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR) is the association for collaborative research and innovation of the major automobile manufacturers in Europe.  These manufacturers contribute to sustainable mobility and a competitive European industry, investing more than €50bn per year in research and development.  The industry’s investments are leveraged by the collaborative work performed with the support of the European Framework Programmes, currently Horizon 2020.  The EUCAR Council comprises the heads of research and advanced development of the member companies.

EUCAR members are BMW Group, DAF Trucks, Daimler AG, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA), Ford of Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, IVECO, Opel Automobile GmbH, PSA Group, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars, Volvo Group.

EUCAR is closely connected to ACEA, the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association.


Institute of the Motor Industry

The IMI is the professional body for individuals working in the motor industry, and the authoritative voice of the sector. 

IMI is transforming the automotive industry by setting, upholding and promoting professional standards - driving skills acquisition, establishing clearer career paths, and boosting public confidence. IMI’s online Professional Register is here to make sure consumers are in skilled, competent and trustworthy hands.


MaaS Alliance

Established at the ITS World Congress in Bordeaux in 2015, the MaaS Alliance is a public-private partnership working to establish foundations for a common approach to Mobility as a Service, and to unlock the economies of scale needed for successful implementation and uptake of MaaS in Europe and beyond. The main goal of the Alliance is to facilitate a single, open market and full deployment of MaaS services.

There are various stakeholders whose committed participation in the development and implementation of MaaS is crucial to its success. The MaaS Alliance facilitates stakeholder cooperation through a shared work programme engaging all relevant stakeholders, inter alia the following:

  • Transport service providers and public transport operators
  • MaaS operators and integrators
  • IT system providers
  • Customers
  • Cities, local, regional and national authorities

MaaS Alliance members from all sectors collaborate to create the enablers needed for successful deployment of MaaS in Europe and beyond. The Alliance contributes to European policy-making, promotes the added value of MaaS to local government and business, monitors the MaaS market and facilitates the dialogue with the research community. Finally, the Alliance is the voice of the MaaS community for awareness and advocacy.


United States Council for Automotive Research

Founded in 1992, USCAR is the collaborative automotive technology company for FCA US LLC, Ford Motor Company and General Motors.  Its goal is to further expand the technical knowledge of the US auto industry through collaborative research and development. Its main focus is to:

  • Create, support and direct US cooperative research and development to advance automotive technologies
  • Be responsive to the needs of our environment and society and include the appropriate public and private stakeholders

USCAR is composed of a number of specialised groups that focus on specific research areas. These research teams work to:

  • Accelerate technical development
  • Provide common solutions for the automotive supply base; common specs
  • Provide a critical mass for scaled solutions
  • Amplify our influence among other research organisations
  • Accomplish what no single company can do alone


Women's Engineering Society

Founded in 1919, the Women’s Engineering Society (WES) is a professional, not-for-profit network of women engineers, scientists and technologists offering inspiration, support and professional development.

Although the world has changed since a group of women decided to band together to create an organisation to support women in engineering, the need is still there. WES works in a number of ways to support women in STEM, to encourage the study and application of engineering, to promote gender equality in the workplace, and to award excellence and encourage achievement through our awards and grants schemes.