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CATALYST envisions to have an adaptive, seamless, connected and sustainable logistics system in the future.

The on-going developments of digitalization and automation in freight transport and logistics are expected to speed-up the realization of this vision. These are new and complex developments, linking different domains through ICT. It requires major changes in various areas of the economy and society, as well as a necessity to merge (often) conflicting interests of different business and societal panes. It is a true system innovation that requires an integral experiment-oriented approach.


CATALYST aims to determine the potential and the impact of Connected Automated Transport (CAT) by developing, evaluating, monitoring and implementing valuable solutions in a real world environment. In five subprojects, the partners will experiment with CAT innovations on smart yards and connected corridors while answering research questions regarding supply chain integration, users, infrastructure, data and policy.

Regional authorities

CATALYST consists of an extensive action-driven partnership: logistic service providers, transport operators, shippers, ports, knowledge and research institutes and regional authorities.

Together these partners realize a durable ecosystem for the successful and sustainable implementation of feasible and scalable CAT innovations in practice, that will also continue after this program is finalized. Within this consortium, we will translate the lessons learned to overarching lessons on CAT implementations which we share with potential users and related communities such as Talking Logistics. By doing so we aim to help logistic partners throughout the supply chain assess the impacts of Connected Automated Transport and help accelerate innovation within the Netherlands.

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