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Intelligent transport in Flanders

Intelligent transport includes applications as diverse as e-mobility, smart infrastructure, the Internet of Things, traffic management and more. When implemented well, it has the potential to revolutionize the way society operates. Already a frontrunner in ICT, advanced wireless networks and Industry 4.0 – and one of the world’s most prized logistics hubs – Flanders is the ideal location for innovative transport and mobility-enabling firms.

An ecosystem for innovative transport tech

Every resource your intelligent transportation business needs to take off is found right here in Flanders, from universities, knowledge bases and research centers to leading industry players.

Transportation with real brainpower

Intelligent transport is quickly becoming a key tech advancement that doesn’t just streamline traffic; it saves lives, reduces pollution and provides the foundation for a sustainable future. Here in Flanders, you’ll find a wide range of stakeholders – including cities, companies, knowledge centers and more – offering the diverse and crucial strengths required for end-to-end intelligent transport success. Key sectors include:

KU Leuven: worldwide exemplar in e-mobility

When it comes to research, education, spin-offs, collaboration and tech transfer in the field of intelligent transport, KU Leuven is an international frontrunner. Innovating with institutes like Flanders Make as well as other universities in Flanders such as VUB and UGent, KU Leuven has proven expertise in power electronics, mechatronic systems modeling, motor control strategies, electromagnetic actuation, tribology, mechanical and electric energy storage, clean powertrain tech, clean fuels and alternative drive technology.

Find out more about KU Leuven’s course offering and research projects.

All the talent at hand

Every one of Flanders’ 5 universities provide targeted coursework as well as bachelor’s and master’s degrees in fields closely related to intelligent transport, such as energy, transportation sciences, logistics, urban planning, computer science and civil engineering.

Specific incentives

Flanders offers incentives that are relevant to research-intensive domains. Examples include:

  • investment deduction for R&D – 13.5% of acquisition value/qualifying asset or 20.5% of the depreciated amount;
  • exemption of payment of 80% – of the personal income withholding tax of researchers in certain scientific fields;
  • innovation income deduction – up to 85% of a firm’s net earnings from innovation is tax exempt.

R&D tax incentives in Flanders

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