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CAD at the IRU workshop


On 6 February 2020, the International Road Transport Union (IRU) organised a workshop on “Social and training aspects of automation in road transport: what next?” in Brussels.

The workshop discussed the impact of increasing automation on the workforce in the transport sector. The driver profession will also change along the way from the current level 3, through level 4 (over the coming years), up to level 5 – reaching full driving automation. Level 5 will first impact specific situations such as driving in vehicle platooning, driving on construction sites and driving in dedicated lanes/sites, such as in bus rapid transit. Driver training will have to be adapted alongside.  Therefore, the objective of this workshop was to bring together knowledge, including the most advanced practical knowledge from the sector regarding automation in professional road transport. The potential impact on the future of driver profiles and expected future training needs were also examined.

Two studies presented at the workshop were particularly contributing to research in the field of CAD.

A study ‘Exploring the possible employment implications of Connected and Automated Driving (CAD)’ commissioned by the European Commission DG RTD and led by ECORYS, assesses the short, medium and long term impacts of the introduction of CAD on jobs, employment, skills and knowledge and the impact on key policies. The study will draft four scenarios on the future of deployment of CAD and will be followed by presenting a model of impacts of CAD on jobs, employment, skills and knowledge. At final stage, a policy options to increase positive impacts and limit negative impacts will be proposed. A final conference to present and discuss results of the study will be held in June 2020. Second round of stakeholder consultation for the policy recommendations is planned for period between May and July 2020, while the study will be finalised by October 2020.

The other study ‘The future of professional driving within the 4th industrial revolution’, resulting in under FutureDRV project, investigates the professional driving by taking a look into the tasks and role of professional drivers and their qualification requirements in 2030 and beyond. FutureDRV recognises the pathway towards a well-qualifi ed future workforce as a joint effort between different groups of stakeholders. As a result of the project, a FutureDRV PROFILE was developed, which describes the professional driver, their future role and the related knowledge, skills and competences within the 4th industrial revolution.

The “Research and innovation activities related to connected and automated driving” session at the workshop familiarised participants with EU projects in automated road transport: ARCADE and Drive2theFuture. Drive2TheFuture aims to prepare drivers, travellers and vehicle operators to use connected, cooperative and automated (CCAD) modes while presenting the industry with wants and needs of CCAD users. It is currently undertaking a consumer survey on the acceptance of autonomous vehicles for different transport modes. You can participate in an online survey here.

All presentations given at IRU CAS workshop on social and training aspects of automation are available here.


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