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SCOUT Expert Workshop on European vision and strategies


On 20 July 2017 the SCOUT project organised the „European vision & strategies for connected and automated driving“ workshop in Brussels with participation of the SCOUT consortium as well as related technology platforms and associations and the European commission.

The workshop was opened by an introductory speech of Eddy Hartog (DG CNECT, EC) about connected and automated driving and the related action fields of the European Commission. He mentioned that an upscaling of activities related to automation would be needed in a geographical perspective (e.g. cross-border functionality without interruption of service) as well as in view of the implementation of use cases. Additionally, he emphasized the need for fruitful cooperation between the different Directorates General.

Afterwards, Gereon Meyer (VDI/VDE-IT) briefly introduced the SCOUT project. The progress within the different work packages was presented, summarizing and validating recent findings within the SCOUT project regarding user expectation, reservations and requirements of connected and automated driving, business models and the state of the art concerning technology developments and legal aspects as well as the corresponding hurdles.

One of the purposes of this workshop was to enable an exchange of information between the SCOUT community and other stakeholders to align the efforts with the roadmap processes taking place within other networks. Therefore, Jochen Langheim (STMicroelectronics) and Roland Galbas (Bosch) were presenting the “European Roadmap Smart Systems for Automated Driving” edited by EPoSS and the “Automated Driving” roadmap by ERTRAC, respectively.

  • The core of the WS was an interactive session to generate a comprehensive future vision of CAD in 2030 and to identify relevant development paths for the roadmap process. This marked the end of the analytic phase of the SCOUT project and initiated the roadmap development process. The interactive session was divided into three parts, addressing the following questions:
    • Which features in view of user expectations will connected and automated driving provide in 2030?
    • Which technology and business model developments would support or block the vision?
    • Which development path will lead us step by step closer to the vision

During the first step, key aspects of the vision were created, involving all stakeholders. The vision points towards the need for seamless, intermodal, safe and secure mobility including shared automated mobility concepts (shuttles, robot taxis) with new services, mainly provided by connectivity. Furthermore, the stakeholders foresee automated delivery concepts and mobility for elderly people in rural areas for 2030.
To achieve this vision, the current trends and innovations have been analysed in a second step. The trends were divided into topics related to technical solutions, business models and legal frameworks. This includes sensor technologies, positioning systems, connectivity, data, digitalization and V2X communication from a technical point of view. Furthermore, data protection strategies as well as new legal frameworks especially concerning safety, verification, validation and standards also on an international level (cross border) have been reviewed.

During the third step possible development paths to overcome the hurdles and approach the vision have been discussed. Different action fields such as the adjustment of legal frameworks, enhancements in standardisation, validation & testing, continuously progressing research activities as well as economic considerations have been addressed.


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