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#EUCAD2024 Symposium outcome

#EUCAD2024 Symposium outcome

6 May 2024

The EUCAD Symposium 2024 opened on Thursday 18 April with regional interventions from EU, US and Japan, which were then followed by a CCAM projects poster exhibition & networking reception.

On Friday 19 April, the first session of the EUCAD2024 Symposium focused on the modernisation of the European road network for safety, sustainability, resilience, and economic competitiveness. The speakers discussed the importance of seamless connectivity, digital infrastructure, and quality data with low latency for real-time traffic information. Modernising the road network is essential, among other things, to facilitate CCAM rollout. Currently, various efforts are underway in Europe to achieve this goal, including initiatives such as the TEN-T corridors, projects from CEF Transport and CEF Digital, Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe, 5G corridors, and cross-border initiatives. However, these efforts are fragmented and need to be multiplied. A pan-European approach is required to modernise road infrastructure to become truly network-wide.

The second session addressed building-in evaluation processes and data sharing from proposal stage in R&I projects, introducing the EU-CEM (common evaluation methodology for CCAM) handbook to assess societal impacts of CCAM, and discussing:

  • Performance indicators for societal impacts of CCAM
  • Sharing of scenario data
  • Using CEM and DFS in proposal writing

A webinar on 08/05 will be presenting the EU-CEM recently published draft version (open for feedback).

During the last session on “Remote Management Operations”, which is another hot topic for CCAM, several perspectives were discussed, such as the role of hypervision in assisting Autonomous Vehicles (AVs) through remote support, reactions, and anticipation.

For both topics, digital infrastructure and remote management, the “chicken and egg” problem of regulation versus deployment was brought up. It is recognised that regulations are necessary for deployment, but it can be difficult to establish effective regulations before the technology is fully understood. The solution proposed is to form public-private working groups to address and work on this issue.

CCAM Partnership Chair Armin Gräter concluded the EUCAD 2024 Symposium, which covered all the major topics concerning CCAM at present (infrastructure, data, remote management) by emphasising the importance of cooperation and collaboration for the betterment of the road traffic system: safety and performance are not conflicting, but rather complementary.

Presentations (where supported by slides) and photos from EUCAD2024 are available here. You can already mark your agenda for the EUCAD 2025 Conference, which will take place from 13-15 May 2025 in Ispra, Italy.

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