1st European Conference on
Connected and Automated Driving

3-4 april 2017

European Commission
Charlemagne Building, Brussels

The European Commission, with the support of the EC-funded projects CARTRE and SCOUT, is pleased to announce its First European Conference on connected and automated driving:

‘Connected and Automated Driving – Together, shaping the future’

The high-level conference will be held in Brussels on the 3rd and 4th April 2017. Major road transport stakeholders – automotive and telecom industry, users, road operators, public transport operators, regulators, research centres, universities and representatives of both EC and EU Member States – are invited to attend.

The event will be a unique opportunity for all participants to network and to discuss on how to boost the development and deployment of connected and automated driving technologies from a fourfold perspective: transport policy issues; technological challenges; legal and regulatory frame, and digital transformation.

  • For two days, EU leaders, CEOs and representatives from major road transport stakeholders will discuss interactively on:
  • Role of R&I and policy making to accelerate roll out in Europe;
  • What’s going on in the Member States;
  • Role of connectivity between vehicles, road infrastructure and other road users to enhance performance;
  • Progress of C-ITS deployment and how it supports automated driving throughout Europe’s main corridors;
  • Latest findings of European-funded projects;
  • The importance of international cooperation

Who will attend?

  • Major road transport stakeholders
  • Automotive and Telecom industry
  • UsersRoad Operators
  • Public Transport operators
  • RegulatorsResearch Centres
  • Universities and representatives of both EC and Member States

Thank you very much for making the first European Conference on connected and automated driving a successful one!

Conference recordings

The recordings of all the plenary sessions and three breakout sessions are available via Web streaming as indicated below:

  1. Day 1, 03.04.2017, Morning sessions (three plenaries and breakout session ‘Shared and automated mobility services for our cities’), 9:15 – 13:15   https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/cad-day-1a
  1. Day 1, 03.04.2017, Afternoon sessions (breakout session ‘Big Data, IoT, AI, Deep Learning’ and two plenaries), 14:45 – 17:30    https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/cad-day-1b
  1. Day 2, 04.04.2017, Morning sessions (five plenaries), 9:00 – 13:00   https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/cad-day-2a
  1. Day 2, 04.04.2017, Afternoon sessions (breakout session ‘Digital IT infrastructure and connectivity’ and two plenaries), 14:15 – 16:30   https://webcast.ec.europa.eu/cad-day-2b

The web-stream videos will remain available on these links for two years. You can find the recordings also in the project’s Library.


The participant list has been published together with the Conference Proceedings here.

Conference Programme

 All available presentations have been uploaded in the description page of each session.

09:15 - 09:35


  • Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation (RTD)
  • Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport (MOVE)
09:35 - 10:45

Plenary panel discussion

  • Katrina Sichel
  • Violeta Bulc, European Commissioner for Mobility and Transport (MOVE)
  • Håkan Samuelsson, President & CEO, Volvo Cars
  • Roberto Vavassori, President, CLEPA
  • Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Deutsche Telekom AG
10:45 - 11:30

Research and Innovation Challenges of Connected and Automated Driving

For several years huge R&I efforts are being invested in developing and demonstrating systems for connected and automated driving (CAD). Significant progress has been made in key technologies for innovative CAD functions and applications (e.g. advanced vehicle control, systems to detect vehicle location and environment, data processing, artificial intelligence, human-machine interaction, etc.). To make the next step towards roll out, large-scale pilots are necessary to test and improve the performance and safety of innovative CAD systems and to study market potentials and risks.

  • Katrina Sichel
    • Clara de la Torre, Director, DG Research & Innovation (RTD), Transport Directorate, European Commission
    • Dr. Carlo JT van de Weijer, Director Smart Mobility, Technical University of Eindhoven, The Netherlands
    • José Manuel Viegas, Secretary-General, International Transport Forum, OECD
    • Jean-Luc di Paola-Galloni, Vice President for Sustainability and External Affairs, Valeo Group & Vice Chairman of ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council)
11:30 - 12:00 Break
12:00 - 13:15

  • Shared and automated mobility services for our cities

  • Mobility in urban and suburban areas faces significant challenges with respect to accessibility, safety, security, environment, service quality of public transport and financing. Shared and automated mobility services have the potential to address these challenges and to offer concrete solutions which are not technically or economically feasible with conventional public transport systems. This session will report on expectations from local authorities to meet policy goals in cities, strategies developed by transport authorities to facilitate integration of automated vehicles and associated shared mobility services in existing public transport systems, and lessons learnt from trials and commercial operations by public transport operators and mobility service providers.


      Room: De Gasperi, 2nd floor, Charlemagne building

      • Siegfried Rupprecht, RUPPRECHT CONSULT - Forschung & Beratung GmbH
      • Koen De Broeck, Manager mobility & market research, De Lijn, Belgium
      • Kawamoto Masayuki, SIP-adus Next Generation Transport WG Co-Chair, University of Tsukuba, Japan
      • Yann Leriche, Chief Performance Officer, TRANSDEV, France
      • Mikael Ivari, Senior Advisor, Development & International, City of Gothenburg, Sweden
      • Dennis Potter, senior advisor, Program Manager Rivium-Campus, Gemeente Capelle aan den IJssel, The Netherlands
      • David O'Neil, Head of the Political Service Department at Syndicat des Transports d'Île-de-France (STIF), France

  • Physical & Digital Infrastructure

  • This session will bring together various stakeholders, from telecom operators to industry. The focus will be on the current activities and challenges related to the digital IT Infrastructure to support the deployment of connected and automated vehicles. All the aspects related to Connectivity will be discussed including different technologies (ITS G5, LTE-V2X, LTE-advanced, 5G) and referring in particular to the challenges posed by the requirements of connected and automated vehicles e.g. safety, latency, reliability, localization, etc. This taking into account the different deployment phases /timelines of connected and automated vehicles.


      Room: Lord Jenkins, Ground floor, Charlemagne building

      • Risto Kulmala, Principal Advisor on ITS, Finnish Transport Agency
      • Stephen T'Siobbel, Sr. Partner Development Manager, Tom Tom Maps
      • Manfred Harrer, Austrian national operator of the highways and motorways (ASFINAG)
      • Armin Gräter, Driver Assistance Development, BMW Group
      • Frank Försterling, Head of Advanced Dev and Innovations Infotainment Solutions, Continental AG
      • Tom Alkim, Senior Advisor Connected & Automated Driving , Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands

  • In-vehicle technology enabler

  • Enhanced vehicle automation functions have been implemented in the past years and more will come in the short future to improve road safety and reduce emissions and congestion. Connectivity, in-vehicle networks and V-2-X, play a fundamental role in increasing the safety and performance of automation. In-vehicle technology is today ready to implement CAD systems at affordable costs and this is where suppliers of these system, devices and components are becoming an essential part of the evolution. The session will focus on how suppliers are contributing to build the different elements of the improved layer and platform towards the full CAD vehicle.


      Room: Sicco Mansholt, Ground floor, Charlemagne building

      • Alessandro Coda, Chief Technology Officer, CLEPA
      • Dr. Eckard Steiger, Director Chassis Systems Control, Robert Bosch GmbH
      • Ralph Lauxmann, Senior Vice President Systems & Technology Chassis, Continental
      • Maurice Geraets, New Business / Board Member NXP Netherlands, NXP Semiconductors
      • Jochen Langheim, VP Advanced Systems R&D Programs, STMicroelectronics
      • Dominique Bolignano, CEO and Founder, Prove&run
13:15 - 14:45 Lunch
14:45 – 16:00

  • Vehicle Validation/certification Roadworthiness testing

  • Safety verification/validation and roadworthiness testing of automated vehicles involve the definition of a comprehensive set of methodologies and tools aiming to verify whether they comply with regulatory and technological requirements. This verification/validation of higher levels of automation is difficult to achieve with the existing technology but is one of the building blocks for the safe deployment of automated road transport on public roads. Strong challenges must be addressed to create complete, reliable and continuously evolving procedures that cover the whole vehicle lifecycle.


      Room: Lord Jenkins, Ground floor, Charlemagne building

      • Margriet van Schijndel, Secretary General, European Automotive Research Partners Association (EARPA)
      • Dr. Adrian Zlocki, Senior Manager Driver Assistance, IKA,
      • Richard Schram, Technical Manager, EuroNCAP
      • Arjan Van Vliet, Senior Advisor Corperate Strategy, RDW
      • Takahiko Uchimura, Senior Vice President, ITS Japan

  • Big Data, IoT, AI, Deep Learning

  • Big data, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence techniques like deep learning provide an enormous potential for developing new Connected and Automated Driving (CAD) services and vehicle functions. This session focuses on impact, environmental perception, self-improving vehicle behaviour, scenario mining and new services based on big data, IoT, Artificial Intelligence.


      Room: De Gasperi, 2nd floor, Charlemagne building

      • Sytze Kalisvaart, Project Manager, TNO
      • Pieter Colpaert, Chief Technology of “Smart Flanders”, IMEC
      • Tom Lüders, Director Testing Solution, Hella Aglaia
      • Roberto Baldessari, Deputy General Manager, Social Solutions Research Division, Manager of Intelligent Transport Systems Group, NEC Laboratories Europe
  • Human Factors & User awareness

  • The session on Human Factors and User Awareness addresses challenges associated with the introduction of automated vehicles in mixed traffic environments, and outlines current progress as well as future research needs. Fundamental Human Factors challenges are to ensure safety, ease of use, trust, acceptance and comfort, for users/passengers of automated vehicles. Likewise, a safe and acceptable interaction with other road users including pedestrians and cyclists needs to be established. In the session researchers and industrial representatives discuss the international state-of-the art of Human Factors and User Awareness research for automated vehicles, current design guidelines and evaluation methodologies. In the second part of the session, the audience is invited to actively discuss the latest Human Factors and User Awareness statements of the CARTRE project.


      Room: Sicco Mansholt, Ground floor, Charlemagne building

      • Emma Johansson, Human Factors specialist, Volvo Group Trucks Technology
      • Anna Schieben, Research Team Leader for Human-Machine Integration, DLR, Germany
      • Satoshi Kitazaki, Director , AIST Automotive Human Factors Research Center, Japan
      • Natasha Merat, Professor, Research Group Leader for Human Factors and Safety, ITS Leeds, UK
      • Trent Victor, Senior Technical Leader Crash Avoidance, Volvo Cars, Sweden
      • Andreas Keinath, Head of Usability, BMW
16:10 – 16:25

Introductory speech

  • Roberto Viola, Director-General, DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), European Commission
16:25 - 17:10

Digital technologies enabling Connected and Automated Driving

Connected and Automated Driving (CAD) helps to address many of the major challenges of today’s transport system. CAD has the potential to improve safety, energy efficiency, air quality, traffic throughput and enhance user comfort and convenience. An even bigger impact is expected from shifting value chains: connectivity and high levels of automation enable innovative mobility services and provide users with new choices.

  • Katrina Sichel
  • Despina Spanou, Director, DG Communication Networks, Content and Technology (CNECT), European Commission
  • Nadine Leclair, Senior Vice President Global Expertise Management & Member of the Board of Directors, Renault
  • Prof. Ralf Herrtwich, Head of Automotive Business Group, HERE
  • Matteo Gatta, Director Tech Strategy & Innovation, PROXIMUS
Change of venue
18:00 - 21:00

Social networking event at Autoworld

The social networking event will provide an opportunity to network, visit the museum, have drinks and appetisers, and meet with exhibitors. You will be able to see automobiles from many generations, and within this unique transport atmosphere, you will be able to discuss on the future of connected an automated driving.

09:00 - 09:15


Melanie Schultz van Haegen-Maas Geesteranus - Minister of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands
09:15 - 10:15

EU Member States programmes on connected and automated driving

This session will provide an overview of current policy measures adopted by European Member States including available funding programmes and support to large-scale testing facilities. National activities regarding pilots and testing of CAD will be illustrated by elaborating on objectives, scale, type of tests, and levels of automation. In particular, aspects related to required modification of road infrastructure and types of infrastructure (e.g. physical, ITS communication) will be considered. The main objective of the session is to support mutual understanding of current initiatives, to discuss alignment between national and EU initiatives and to identify possible areas of cooperation.

  • Katrina Sichel
  • Antti Vehviläinen, Director-General, Finnish Transport Agency, Finland
  • Jean-François Sencerin, Programme Director, Autonomous Vehicle PFA/NFI, France
  • Hamid Zarghampour, Programme Officer, Swedish Transport Administration, Sweden
  • Ian Forbes, Head of the Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Department for Transport, The United Kingdom
  • Henriette Spyra, Strategic Coordinator Mobility Transformation & Transport, Austria
  • Jaime Moreno García-Cano, Deputy-Director General for Mobility, Directorate General for Traffic, Spain
  • Dr. Tobias Miethaner, Director General Digital Society, Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Germany
10:15 - 11:00

Cooperative ITS deployment towards connected and automated driving

This plenary session on C-ITS will bring together experts from both the public and private sector. They will expand on what Cooperative ITS brings to them, what they get out of the work being done within the C-ITS platform and why they felt the need to get involved in this platform. On the C-Roads Platform, you will hear about who is involved in this project, what services it will deploy and what are the expected outcomes and feedback into the C-ITS policy work.

  • Katrina Sichel
  • Claire Depré, Head of Unit, DG Mobility and Transport (MOVE), European Commission
  • Dr. Teodor Buburuzan, Leading Communication Engineer, Volkswagen AG
  • Joël Valmain, Adviser for European and International Affairs, Ministry of Interior, France
  • Martin Böhm, Head of Mobility Systems & ITS Deployment, Austriatech
11:00 - 11:30 Break
11:30 - 12:15

Which policy and regulatory EU frameworks for connected and automated driving

Policy and regulatory actions in favour of CAD are already taking place within the Commission and the Member States. But automated and connected vehicles raise cross-cutting issues (traffic law, liability, vehicle certification, connectivity infrastructure, etc.) involving different departments within the Commission or within the Member States which require working together in a coherent manner. This is the reason why the Commission launched at the beginning of 2016 the GEAR 2030 High level group. The main objective of this Plenary Session will be to give an overview of the GEAR 2030 work and discuss the first recommendations for CAD.

  • Katrina Sichel
  • Gwenole Cozigou, Director, Industrial Transformation and Advanced Value Chains, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW), European Commission
  • Edwin Nas, Dep. Project Leader Connected and Automated Driving, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, The Netherlands
  • Joost Vantomme, Smart mobility Director, European Automobile Manufacturers' Association (ACEA)
  • Ferry Smith, Director Public Affairs, ANWB
12:15 – 13:00

International cooperation on connected and automated driving

Many of the challenges on the way towards deployment of CAD systems can be better addressed in cooperation with international partners. It is essential to develop and maintain close cooperation with other regions of the world to exchange knowledge, expertise and best practises and to work towards a global framework and international standards for connectivity and automation technologies.

  • Katrina Sichel
  • Dr. Gereon Meyer, Dept. Future Technologies and Europe, VDI/VDE-I&T, Germany
  • Seigo Kuzumaki, Programme Director of SIP-adus, Chief Safety Technology Officer Secretary, Chief Professional Engineer - Safety, R&D and Engineering Management Div., Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan
  • Lam Wee Shann, Group Director, Technology and Industry Development, Land Transport Authority, Ministry of Transport, Singapore
  • Dr. Steven Shladover, California PATH Program Manager, University of California Berkeley, USA
13:00 – 14:15 Lunch
14:15 – 15:30
  • Digital IT Infrastructure & Connectivity

  • This session will bring together various stakeholders, from telecomoperators to industry. The focus will be on the current activities and challenges related to the digital IT Infrastructure to support the deployment of connected and automated vehicles. All the aspects related to Connectivity will be discussed including different technologies (ITS G5, LTE-V2X, LTE-advanced, 5G) and referring in particular to the challenges posed by the requirements of connected and automated vehicles e.g. safety, latency, reliability, localization, etc. This taking into account the different deployment phases /timelines of connected and automated vehicles.

    • Steve Phillips, General Secretary, CEDR
    • Håkan Andersson, Director, ITS strategy ERICSSON
    • Refi-Tugrul Güner, Head of Innovation and Standardization, KAPSCH
    • Dr. Teodor Buburuzan, Leading Communication Engineer, Volkswagen
    • Bob Banks, R&D Programme Manager, Vodafone, Germany
  • Socio-economic Impact of CAD

  • The breakout session on Socio-economic impact of CAD will address methods for assessing impacts in different impact areas and underlying dependencies (in-direct impacts). It will also provide examples on results obtained in the field of socio-economic impacts of connected and automated driving.

    • Satu Innamaa, Principal Scientist, VTT
    • Scott Smith, Senior Operations Research Analyst, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, US DOT
    • Hiroaki Miyoshi, Professor, Doshisha University, Japan
    • Bart van Arem, Full professor Transport Modelling, TU Delft
    • Torsten Geissler, Scientific Officer, BASt
  • Shared Economy – Automation & Electro-mobility

  • The breakout session on shared economy will discuss the opportunities and challenges of electrification in combination with connectivity and automation of road vehicles. The role of shared economy as an enabler for disruptive mobility solutions will be highlighted. Moreover, the user perspective as an important factor for the implementation of automation and electrification will be considered.

    • Dr. Gereon Meyer, Head of Strategic Projects, VDI/VDE-I&T, Germany
    • Prof. Wolfgang Gruel, Stuttgart Media University, Moovel Hochschule der Medien
    • Luc Texier, Head of Business Development, Bestmile
    • Dr. Wolfgang Dettmann, Director Funding Projects & Coordination, Infineon / Vice Chair Smart Systems Industry, EGVIA
    • Dr. Daniel Watzenig, Head of the E/E & Software department, Virtual Vehicle Centre, Graz
    • Marius Macku, Senior Associate, Public Policy & Government Relations, UBER
15:30 – 16:15

Wrap up session: report from organisers/rapporteur of the breakout sessions

16:15 - 16:30

Closing speech

Paraskevi Michou, Deputy Secretary-General, European Commission

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