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EUCAD 2019: Europe takes the lead


The second European Conference on Connected and Automated Driving entitled “Connected Automated Driving: Europe takes the lead” has taken place in Brussels on 2 and 3 April 2019. The event was co-organised by the European Commission and the ARCADE Coordination and Support Action.

Almost one year after the publication of the Communication on automated mobility by the European Commission and two years after the first EUCAD Conference, a main objective was to take stock of the implementation of the different actions of the European agenda and discuss the major remaining challenges related to automated mobility.

The conference included five plenary sessions and nine break-out sessions, exhibition areas for EU funded projects as well as in the evening of 2 April a social networking event at Autoworld with a series of live outside demonstrations.

The plenary sessions have been organised by the Directorates Generals of the European Commission on Research and innovation in Europe, Ensuring safe market uptake, International cooperation, Secure connectivity and data flow, and Public acceptance and adoption.

Single Platform for Open Road Testing and Pre-Deployment of CCAM

Eight out of the nine breakout sessions have been organised by ARCADE project partners on topics representing major challenges for the deployment of CAD in Europe and beyond and which the project is currently working on.

In the ninth breakout session, addressing Large scale testing in Europe, ARCADE coordinator Stephane Dreher (ERTICO) has set the scene with an overview of ARCADE activities and results that can support the Single Platform for Open Road Testing and Pre-Deployment of Cooperative, Connected, Automated and Autonomous Driving (CCAM), which the European Commission has set up.

The session was concluded by Claire Depré, Head of Unit Sustainable and Intelligent Transport, European Commission DG MOVE, who reminded the need to learn and cooperate to move faster toward the deployment of CAD. The session was followed by a launch event of the Single Platform by Maja Bakran Marcich, Deputy Director General – DG MOVE, European Commission and Despina Spanou, Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, DG CNECT, European Commission.

Major showcase of autonomous driving

During both days of the conference, an exhibition featured the work undertaken in European Union research and innovation projects relating to Cooperative, Connected, Automated and Autonomous Driving.

ARCADE also staged a major showcase of autonomous driving vehicles within the framework of the EUCAD 2019 conference in the evening of 2 April. This offered an opportunity to present to the public the work of major research projects backed funded by the European Commission.

The European research project AUTOPILOT run a Toyota Prius showing the detection of vulnerable road users, warning system and perception technology. It presented different use cases, the work going on in its six pilot sites, as well as the Internet of Things platforms developed within the project.

The European research project L3Pilot exhibited prototype automated and autonomous vehicles including the Volkswagen L3Pilot eGolf, the Volkswagen AdaptIVe Audi, the Volkswagen Sedric, as well as the autonomously driving L3Pilot Toyota Lexus and Renault Espace. L3Pilot tests the viability of automated driving as a safe and efficient means of transportation on public roads.

Other interesting research projects were presented at the showcase:

  • University Racing Eindhoven presented its Formula Student race car, featuring a top speed of 130 km/h and an acceleration 0-100 km/h in 2.3 seconds. The speed at which the car is processing data and making its choices on what to do next, and the technology behind that, can be very valuable for future research.
  • The European research project AVENUE run an autonomous, driverless and electric vehicle developed by NAVYA to serve cities and private sites.
  • Tallinn University of Technology (Taltech) presented a small model of the self-driving last mile vehicle ISEAUTO, which drives autonomously using cameras and lidars.
  • The European research project ADAS&Me demonstrated adaptive HMI for car and motorcycle applications, the wearable HMI elements of the rider (helmet with visual, haptic and acoustic HMI, gloves with haptic HMI), and the rider monitoring wearables (jacket, helmet, gloves).
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