Conference Programme 2019

08:00 - 09:00 Registration & exhibition opening
09:00 - 09:20

Opening

  • Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW)
09:20 - 10:15

Opening panel discussion

The European Commission has developed a comprehensive approach towards connected and automated mobility that sets out a clear, forward-looking and ambitious European agenda and identifies supporting actions for developing and deploying key technologies, services and infrastructure. The Opening Panel will take stock of the different actions of the European agenda and will discuss how to make Europe a world leader in bringing connected and automated mobility to the roads. In order to be competitive, Europe needs to be cooperative. Main hurdles to take and challenges to address will be examined and different policy options for national and local authorities to support connected and automated mobility will be discussed.
  • Anne Berner, Finnish Minister of Transport (TBC)
  • Anne-Marie Idrac, Senior Head of the French National Strategy for the Development of autonomous vehicles
  • Carla Gohin, Senior Vice-President Research & Innovation, PSA Group
  • Jan Carlson, CEO Autoliv
10:15 - 10:45 Break
10:45 - 11:40

Strategic Session PL 1 – How will Europe facilitate and accelerate connected and automated driving through Research & Innovation?

There is still a multitude of challenges in terms of research and innovation to address before automated driving will be widely available on the market for use in many different environments and conditions. These challenges include the development of technologies at vehicle, infrastructure, data communication and decision-making levels, as well as the validation of these technologies and the real-world testing. Also, the interaction of drivers, passengers and other road users with automated vehicles has to be understood and addressed in the engineering process. Moreover, the user needs as well as the opportunities and impacts for the transport system need to be explored and proper business and operational models need to be derived, e.g. in the shared mobility domain. In 2018, the European Commission has taken the initiative to edit jointly with the EU Member States and stakeholders from industry and academia a R&I roadmap on connected and automated road transport.. The Plenary Session will discuss the main future R&I priorities on the way to facilitate and accelerate the deployment of connected and automated driving systems on our roads. This Session will also examine ways to set priorities for public and private R&I investments in the future.
  • Clara de la Torre, Director for Transport, Directorate-General for Research & Innovation (RTD), European Commission
  • Lars Stenquist, Executive Vice President Volvo Group Trucks Technology, CTO Volvo Group
  • Simon Edwards, Global Director Technology, Ricardo & EARPA Chairman
  • Patricia Villoslada, Vice President Autonomous Transport Systems , Transdev
  • Marieke Martens, Director of Science, Traffic & Transport Unit, TNO
  • Jaak Aaviksoo, Rector of Tallinn University of Technology
11:40 - 13:00 Lunch
13:00 - 14:30

  • Breakout Session 1: Perception systems for CAD


  • Description

    Complex and redundant Perception systems are required in various driving situations & environmental conditions (ODD) so that an adequate model of the environment surrounding the CAD can be recreated. This session will provide an outlook on the current and future challenges for perception systems embedded in and / or communicating with connected and automated vehicles. Fast and reliable perception and Artificial Intelligence are key technical enablers for CAD and great progress has been made in sensing and processing capabilities. Some situations, like highly dynamic environments in cities or adverse weather and light conditions, are however still challenging for perception systems. New systems combinations like embedded perception extended with further information provided to the automated vehicles via connectivity services are emerging to address some of these challenges. The session will explore as well how those external information can be used in-vehicle for perception tasks and associated challenges.


  • Breakout Session 2: Interaction between CAV and Users

  • Description

    This session will address human factors of automated driving. Discussions will focus on solutions for a safe and smooth interaction between the automated vehicles and their users, as well as unambiguous communication between automated vehicles and other road users. Specific challenges that will be discussed in this session include: design of Human-Machine-Interfaces (HMI) allowing intuitive and seamless transfer of control between the driver and the vehicle; ways to support the driver’s and other road users’ understanding of the abilities and limitations of automated vehicles; understanding of the role of word of mouth; information and marketing campaigns; driver training versus the actual built-in design; users’ exploration of a system while driving and HMI standardization.


  • Breakout Session 3: Future Automated Mobility Services

  • Description

    Overall mobility, especially in urban and suburban areas, faces significant challenges with respect to accessibility, safety, security, impact on environment, service quality of public transport, increasing demand, as well as financing, funding and developing cost sharing models. New mobility services based on electric, connected, automated and shared vehicles are key enablers to address these challenges, and to offer concrete disruptive solutions. They are a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between individual mobility needs and community interests, as they allow delivering complementary mobility offers integrated with the existing high capacity multimodal public transport. The focus of this session is to discuss new operational concepts and business models to be adopted by operators for the best use of automated and shared fleets for passenger services. Use cases to be prioritised as well as operating costs, infrastructure, data sharing and interoperability will also be discussed.

14:40 – 16:10

  • Breakout Session 4: Infrastructure Support for CAD

  • Description

    This session will address the challenges related to physical and digital infrastructure and secure connectivity to support highly automated driving. Automated vehicles will reach their full potential only by being more connected to the digital road infrastructure and the cloud for exchanging data. This is a fundamental shift from a road vehicle as a self-aware system to a vehicle relying on cooperation with the physical and digital infrastructure and other road users as well as Big-Data-supported fleet and traffic management systems. Cooperative automation enabled by this flow of data will allow the coordination of manoeuvres (e.g. crossing intersections, entering busy highways or effective lane merging) and hence enhanced safety and smoother traffic flows. With regard to physical infrastructure, the fundamental logic of traffic signs as well as road markings are forming global minimum standards and need to be physically understood by CAV´s. Is there further need for physical infrastructure that can be rolled out globally to support a broad usage of CAV´s?


  • Breakout Session 5: CAD Transforming Society

  • Description

    This session will address how CAD can contribute to a more sustainable transport system. A variety of impact areas affected by the large-scale deployment of CAD will be discussed, focussing on environment, social inclusion and changes in life styles. The overall question to be addressed is whether CAD will contribute significantly to a transformation of society, or whether the impacts will mainly be limited to the road transport sector, in particular on the short term.

  • Breakout Session 6: Future Automated Freight Transport

  • Description

    Automation technologies will re-shape the future of road freight transport with considerable potential for new freight transport patterns as well as organisational structures, processes and business models for the sector. The aim of this session is to discuss how automation will influence freight transport operations and a particular focus will be on two use-cases: (1) hub-to-hub freight flows between terminals and ports; (2) open roads through highway pilot automation and truck platooning. The session will foster dialogue between the key stakeholders; road infrastructure operators, authorities, shippers, forwarders, truck manufacturers, users and will address important topics such as data management, safety, environmental impact and labour environment.

16:10 - 16:35 Break
16:35 - 17:30

Strategic Session PL 2 - Ensuring safe market uptake

It is expected that automated driving systems will enter the market in the coming years. But before we can see these systems on our roads, the problem of safety assurance of automated vehicles must be solved. How safe do these systems have to be? How safe is safe enough? How can we prove that the new automated driving functions are really safe and reliable? This Plenary Session will discuss how safety should be measured in the context of automated vehicles, which level of safety should be aimed at and how to show that this safety level can be met. The session will also focus on ways to regulate safety and traffic rules for automated vehicles. Adaptive regulations should be developed that are designed from the outset, in order to evolve with the technology. In that way, society can better harness the benefits and manage the risks of these rapidly evolving and potentially transformative technologies. Moreover, there is still a need to define, inter alia, how these regulations should be applied and what the implications of different regulations could be.

  • Matthew Baldwin, Deputy Director-General Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport (MOVE ), European Commission
  • Gwenole Cozigou, Director Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), European Commission
  • Jack Weast, Senior Principal Engineer and the Chief Systems Architect for Autonomous Driving Solutions, Intel
  • Michaella Koller, Director General, Insurance Europe
  • Joël Valmain, Advisor to French Inter- Ministerial Delegate for Road Safety, UNECE WP1
  • Henriette Spyra, Head of Mobility Transformation & transport decarbonisation, Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology
Change of venue
18:00 - 21:30

Social networking event at the AUTOWORLD Museum

The Social Networking Event will provide an opportunity to network, visit the museum, as well as the demonstrations and exhibits on connected an automated driving, while enjoying complimentary drinks.

More information on exhibitions & demonstrations is available here.

08:30 - 09:00 Registration & exhibition opening
09:00 - 09:15

Opening

Wim van de Camp, Member of the European Parliament
  • Wim van de Camp is the rapporteur of the Committee on Transport and Tourism for autonomous driving in European transport and he will present the recently adopted report ”Autonomous Driving in European Transport” (2018/2089(INI))
  • 09:15 - 10:00

    Strategic Session PL3 - International cooperation

    Getting CAD to the road is a global challenge. Even though there may be cultural, legal or technological differences between regions, it makes sense to cooperate to strive towards seamless and harmonized cross border Connected and Automated Mobility. Global standards, joint approaches, multi-stakeholder cooperation and exchanging knowledge, experience and best practices can contribute to this. The objective of this Plenary Session is to present policies and actions of different regions of the world to support the development and deployment of connected and automated driving systems and to discuss main benefits and future priorities for International Cooperation in the area of connected and automated driving.

    • Representative from US Department of Transport (TBC)
    • Seigo Kuzumaki, Executive General Manager, Advanced R&D and Engineering Company, Toyota Motor Corporation / Program Director, SIP-adus
    • Susan Harris, CEO ITS Australia
    • Young Tae Kim, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum
    10:00 - 11:00

    Strategic Session PL4 - Secure connectivity and data flow

    As the level of vehicle connectivity increases, large amounts of data, which are considered personal, are being/would be collected, processed and exchanged between the vehicle and the rest of the CAM ecosystem entities making cybersecurity very important. Since a part of this data is considered as personal, it is essential to put in place safeguards regarding data privacy and the rights of the data subjects. Increased connectivity also increases the vulnerability to a cyberattack. Cybersecurity schemes are necessary to guarantee a secure data exchange based on confidentiality, integrity and availability of the required data and communication systems. This Plenary Session aims at getting support for the Commission’s initiative on the cybersecurity research and innovation, raising awareness on various challenges in economy and society posed by future connectivity systems and future threats in the era of 'Internet of Things' and Machine Learning and Artificial Intelligence. Who should be in charge of securing data flow and communication devices? What role do consumers, vendors, regulators, carriers, security providers each play?

    • Despina Spanou, Director for Digital Society, Trust and Cybersecurity, Directorate-General for Communications Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), European Commission
    • Luke Ibbetson, Head of R&D and Strategy at Vodafone Group
    • Steve Philips, Secretary -General Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR)
    • Nadine Leclair, Senior Vice President, Expert Fellow, Groupe Renault
    • Dirk Weigand, Director Intelligent Transportation Systems, Daimler AG
    11:00 - 11:30 Break
    11:30 – 13:00
    • Breakout Session 7: Safe, Secure and Reliable Systems


    • Description/scope:

      Safe, secure, efficient and predictable behaviour in real-life traffic are of utmost importance for successful deployment and acceptance of connected and automated driving. Safety has been objectively studied and improved for decades in the automotive industry, however, automation requires to review and update existing validation methodologies, procedures and tools in terms of robustness, feasibility and costs. This session will discuss current initiatives that address the safety validation and certification of different types of connected and automated vehicles. The session will also focus on cybersecurity from a holistic point of view in order to avoid and/or mitigate external threats to data privacy and performance. Moreover, regulatory and road safety bodies will present how safety and security are addressed in order to develop adaptive, scalable regulations.

    • Breakout Session 8: CAD Transforming Cities


    • Description/scope:

      Shared, connected and automated mobility services have the potential to become a game changer to transform mobility of people and goods and to offer concrete solutions that are not technically or economically feasible with conventional systems. After a few years of development, and as the possibilities of experimentation on open roads are becoming more concrete, it is obvious that those systems will have a strong impact on cities’ transport policies, traffic management and regulation, governance, and could affect urban planning. This session will focus on the implementation of connected and automated mobility services for people and goods, and the triggers for cities and citizens acceptance, through an overview of the challenges and benefits, as apprehended by the main stakeholders, and the concrete initiatives at local level.

    • Breakout Session 9: Large scale testing in Europe


    • Description/scope:

      Testing connected and automated driving technologies on open roads is essential to make progress on the technology development, assess the safety and performance of these technologies, anticipate user and customer expectations and analyse potential impacts on society. The European Commission supports several large-scale demonstration pilot projects to test highly automated driving systems as well as the development of a network of pan-European 5G cross-border corridors for large-scale testing and early deployment of advanced connectivity supporting connected and automated driving. In addition, many large-scale tests are already ongoing in several Member States and many more tests can be expected in the next years. The European Commission will put in place a single EU wide platform to better coordinate open road testing activities in Europe and making the link with pre-deployment activities. This session will discuss ways to better exchange knowledge, experience and data of large-scale tests, develop common approaches for testing and assessing impacts as well as improve international cooperation with other regions of the world, where large-scale tests are taking place.

    13:00 – 14:15 Lunch
    14:15 - 15:00

    Official launch of the EU-wide platform for Open Road Testing of Connected and Automated Mobility

    • Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport (MOVE)
    • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society (CNECT)
    15:00 – 15:45

    Feedback from breakout sessions

    15:45 – 16:10 Break
    16:10 - 17:05

    Strategic Session PL5 - Public acceptance & adoption

    Potential benefits of CAD to society are immense and automated vehicles technologies are likely to help solve problems but could also create new ones, which could hinder the public acceptance and deployment of these technologies. New risks such as cyber-security threats, overreliance on, and misuse of technology should be examined and ethical issues related to transferring the responsibility of driving to vehicles must be addressed. How can the public and policy makers be educated in such a way that expectations are realistically managed? This Plenary Session will touch upon ethical questions related to CAD and ways to gain societal and user acceptance of CAD systems. Moreover, economics and workforce, and equity issues will be discussed as well as potential long-term impacts of automated mobility on land use and urban development.
    • Helena Gellerman, Member of Parliament, Sweden
    • Barbara Lenz, Head of the Institute of Transport Research, German Aerospace Center (DLR)
    • Jean-Francois Bonnefon , Research Director Toulouse School of Economics (CRM-CNRS-IAST), Visiting Scientist MIT Media Lab
    • Matthias Maedge, General Delegate Permanent Delegation to the European Union, IRU
    • Richard Schram, Technical Director of EuroNCAP
    17:05 - 17:15

    Closing

    Clara de la Torre, Director for Transport, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (RTD), European Commission

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