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Results from road transport research on automated driving

Results from road transport research on automated driving

20 December 2019

On 4 and 5 December 2019, CAD joined the 3rd edition of the European conference ‘Results from road transport research in Horizon 2020 projects’, organised by the European Commission, ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) and EGVIA (European Green Vehicles Initiative Association) in Brussels.

The conference explored the results of transport research in various areas such as green vehicles, safety and automated road transport. Projects funded by Horizon 2020 presented what they have discovered, how they tackled the hurdles and resolved them and what are the next research steps in the fields covered by their activities.

The session ‘Automated driving at our doors’ featured three H2020 projects: L3PilotAVENUE and ENSEMBLE.  After each session, a dedicated Q&A session raised interesting discussions and conclusions:

  • The audience seemed not convinced of platooning in general.
  • Expenses for the automated vehicles developed under the AVENUE project do not cover its utility- an automated bus serving six people is too expansive to develop. Furthermore, the major challenges such as the inclusion of the elderly or people with disabilities remain unresolved.
  • The conclusion of the session is that the technology for Level 3 in automated driving is not ready yet.

Recordings of the sessions and presentations can be found on the website.