The conference consists of a series of plenary sessions complemented by several thematic breakout discussions as well as a virtual exhibition available throughout the event

The first two days of the programme are primarily policy-oriented while the third day is fully dedicated to break-out sessions discussing specific R&I challenges. All break-out sessions feature interactive panel discussions on specific R&I questions, combined with active audience participation.

The virtual exhibition features R&I projects active in the field of automated mobility, including their presentation, documentation and contact information. The exhibition could also feature virtual demonstrations by some large-scale pilot projects.

Tuesday 20 April 2021

10:30 – 11:00 Opening session

With the European Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, the European Commission is looking to deliver smart, innovative, sustainable and affordable mobility solutions for the near future. Deployment of Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) is a key element of this strategy and it is the ambition of the European Commission to make Europe a world leader in this field. Commissioners Gabriel and Vălean will explain how the new Partnership and its activities will contribute to achieve the EU’s political priorities and address Europe’s most pressing challenges through coordinated research and innovation actions.

  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Adina Vălean, European Commissioner for Transport
11:00 – 12:00 Plenary 1: A CCAM Partnership for Europe

The European Commission proposes a new European partnership for Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) in Horizon Europe. The objective of this session is to present the vision and objectives of the new European Partnership on CCAM and to discuss the expectations towards the new Partnership from different perspectives: industry, road authorities, cities and the European Commission.

  • Rosalinde van der Vlies, Director DG RTD, European Commission
  • Helene Niklasson, EUCAR Chair and Vice President Innovation Ecosystems and Partnerships, Volvo Group
  • Sabine Kühschelm,  CEDR GB Representative for Austria, Head of Road Infrastructure and Traffic Safety, Federal Ministry for Transport Innovation and Technology (Bmvit)
  • Anjes Tjarks , First Senator for Transport and Mobility of the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg
  • Sigrid de Vries, Secretary General, CLEPA
12:00 – 13:00 Break
13:00 – 14:00 Plenary 2: Automated Road Transport: From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe

Horizon 2020 funded projects have resulted in significant research actions aiming to advance key technologies for innovative connected and automated driving functions and applications, particularly through demonstrations and pilot tests that explore the performance, safety and user acceptance of these systems. Panellists will provide an overview of the achievements of CCAM-related Horizon 2020 calls and projects and discuss how to best integrate their results and lessons learned to the R&I priorities under Horizon Europe and how synergies can be further exploited in the new framework programme.

  • Dirk Beckers, CINEA Director, European Commission (download presentation)
  • Emilia Silvas, Cluster Program Manager, Integrated Vehicle Safety Department, TNO
  • Angelos Amditis, ERTICO Chairman and Research Director, ICCS
  • Aria Etemad, Senior Project Manager,  Volkswagen Research Innovation
  • Karen Vancluysen, Secretary General,  POLIS
14:00 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 15:30 Plenary 3: Building trustworthy CCAM together

CCAM solutions will have to reflect the needs and expectations of future users in ever-changing mobility landscapes. Only then will society be able to trust, accept and embrace these innovative services. Panellists will discuss how trust can be nurtured from inception to use by involving citizens, cities and future users in a co-creation process to support the deployment of inclusive, shared, human-centric mobility solutions.

  • Jean-François Sencerin, France Autonomous Vehicles Program Director | SAM Project Leader, PFA (download presentation)
  • Kristina Lindfors, Director General of the Urban Transport Administration, city of Gothenburg
  • Dimitris Milakis, Head of the research group Automated driving and new mobility concepts, Institute of Transport Research, German Aerospace Centre (DLR)
  • Hilary Sutcliffe, co-founder and Director, TigTech, Director, Society Inside

Wednesday 21 April 2021

11:00 – 11:15 Keynote speech DG MOVE Director-General Henrik Hololei

Henrik Hololei, Director-General DG MOVE, European Commission, will frame cooperative, connected and automated mobility in the larger digitalisation and decarbonisation agenda. How transport will evolve in this context and what the European Commission will do is the subject of the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy (SSMS). The latter shows that increasingly larger stakeholder groups need to collaborate to reach maximum potential and Vision Zero. This is also true within the European Commission and you will therefore find initiatives in the hands of multiple DGs in the SSMS.

11:15 – 12:15 Plenary 4: How to make CCAM work?

To make CCAM work everywhere and under all conditions, the maturity and deployment readiness needs to be increased while finding ways to safeguard safety, including legal aspects and societal benefits. This is a multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder challenge where various partners can contribute in complimentary ways. In this session, panellists will discuss how to cope with increased complexity, higher operational speeds, larger fleets and how to sufficiently prepare CCAM for market take-up from their perspective.

  • Joost Vantomme, Smart Mobility Director,  ACEA
  • Serge van Dam, Principal advisor traffic management, Rijkswaterstaat and Chair CAD group, CEDR
  • Sofie Vennersten, Programme Director, Drive Sweden
  • Jessica Uguccioni, Lead Lawyer Automated Vehicles Review, Law Commission of England and Wales
  • Mohamed Mezghani, Secretary General, UITP
12:15 – 13:15 Break
13:15 – 14:15 Plenary 5: Invested in CCAM

Public and private stakeholders from local, regional, national and international arenas involved in developing CCAM systems and services need to share and foster a common vision in order to roll out innovative and resilient mobility services that are tailored to the needs of future users. Collectively, they need to define a coherent deployment plan at the appropriate geographical level, analyse and agree on necessary investments in infrastructure, equipment, and required financial and human resources, and define the relevant business models that can attract the right actors for the long-term.

  • Christel Fiorina, Deputy Director Public Road Network and Traffic Management, French Ministry of Transport
  • Eckard Steiger, Director Industrial Cooperation Automated Driving, Robert Bosch GmbH
  • Jacqueline Erhart, Team Leader CCAD and Digital Infrastructure, ASFINAG and Chairwoman Permanent Committee on ITS and Connected & Autonomous Vehicles
  • Herald Ruijters, Director  for Directorate  Investment, Innovative and Sustainable Transport, DG MOVE , European Commission
  • Carlo van de Weijer,  General Manager Eindhoven AI Systems Institute, TU/e Eindhoven University of Technology
14:15 – 14:45 Break
14:45 – 16:15 Plenary 6: CCAM around the world

International cooperation is key to getting CCAM on roads around the world. Global standards, joint approaches, exchanging knowledge, experience and best practices can contribute to this. The objective of this session is to learn about new policies and research activities of different regions of the world to support the development and deployment of CCAM and to discuss main benefits and future priorities for International Cooperation.

  • Jane Lappin, Chair of Standing Committee on Road Vehicle Automation, Transportation Research Board (download presentation)
  • Seigo Kuzumaki, SIP-adus Program Director, Fellow, Advanced R&D and Engineering Company, Toyota Motor Corporation (download presentation)
  • Lam Wee Shan, Chief Innovation & Transport Technology Officer, Land Transport Authority (LTA) Singapore (download presentation)
  • Rita Excell, Executive Director, Australia and New Zealand Driverless Vehicle Initiative (ADVI) (download presentation)
  • Young-Jun Moon, Chief Director, Department of National Transport Technology R&D, Korea Transport Institute (KOTI) (download presentation)

Thursday 22 April 2021

09:00 – 10:30 Break-out sessions
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    BO1: Large-scale demonstrations: What is the next level?

    At European, national or local levels, numerous CCAM demonstrations are taking place with the goal to test and validate technical developments but also to raise user awareness towards automated mobility. This session reviews the benefits, limitations and lessons learned of current demonstrations and discuss the needs for the next level, addressing in particular if and how complexity of situations, conditions, speed or fleet size should be increased.


    Stephane Dreher, Senior Manager Innovation & Deployment, ERTICO – ITS Europe (download presentation)


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    BO2: Managing traffic in a CCAM ecosystem: how to do it efficiently and safely?

    Several European projects have shown that mixed traffic situations with automated and conventional vehicles on the road can have negative effects on safety and efficiency and have successfully developed mitigation solutions for specific scenarios. The challenge is to obtain a common view on the most important scenarios to be addressed, on available solutions and on potential interrelations. This session provides an overview on key scenarios and solutions, as well as the relevance for the traffic system and steps towards combination of solutions and implementation aspects.


    Wolfgang  Ponweiser, Senior Research Engineer, Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT)


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    BO3: After the Corona pandemic: new perspectives for CCAM and Quality of Life?

    During the pandemic many of us re-evaluated ideas about mobility and how it influences the Quality of Life (QoL), or in other words, the societal impacts such as personal mobility, safety, environment and well-being. CCAM could play a role in making mobility more sustainable and equitable, combining automated forms of transport with active forms (walking and cycling), public transport and micro mobility. This session addresses how QoL can be defined for different cities and regions; how the measures of QoL are linked to a sustainable transport system; and whether CCAM solutions can support the goal of improving the QoL and under which conditions.


    • Isabel Wilmink, Senior Scientist, TNO | Satu Innamaa, Principal Scientist, VTT (download presentation)


    • Patricia La Torre, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Humanising Autonomy (download presentation)
    • Yvonne Barnard, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds (download presentation)
    • Hannah Rakoff, Social Scientist, Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, U.S. DOT (download presentation)
    • Endre Angelvik, Chair of UITP Combined Mobility Committee, Vice President Mobility Services, Ruter (download presentation)
10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Break-out sessions
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    BO4: Key Vehicle Technologies for CCAM: Is the level of maturity sufficient for high-level automation?

    Robust and accurate environment perception is absolutely essential for highly automated vehicles to enable the safe and unambiguous extraction of reliable information for real-time driving decision-making. Vehicle technologies need to reliably identify, track and discriminate between benign and hazardous objects in the path of the vehicle, under the full range of environmental conditions in which the vehicle is intended to operate. This session addresses the different challenges which must be overcome through advances in vehicle technologies in order to enable CCAM with higher levels of automation to become reality in the near future.


    Gereon Meyer, Head of Department, European and International Business Development, VDI/VDE-IT


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    BO5: Infrastructure support: How can it extend the Operational Design Domain?

    The conditions in which Connected and Automated Vehicles are capable of operating safely can be augmented by support from the physical and digital road infrastructure. While concepts have been defined for both the operational domain and infrastructure support, no clear picture of their interplay exists at this stage. As a first step in a series of planned workshops, this session brings together the building blocks of this interplay with presentations of completed or advanced R&I projects and initiatives for a knowledge mapping and initial alignment.


    Torsten Geißler, Scientific Officer, BASt


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    BO6: Ethics for CCAM: how can Responsible Research and Innovation answer to ethical challenges?

    CCAM is a disruptive technology. The timely, systemic and strategic integration of ethical and societal considerations in the design, development and deployment of CCAM will be essential to ensure its ethical use and positive impact. The session discusses the importance of Responsible Research and Innovation in anticipating unintended or undesirable effects of CCAM, thereby allowing its transition to be safe, just and socially inclusive.


    Suzanna Kraak, Policy Officer, European Commission, DG RTD


    • Jack Stilgoe, Senior Lecturer in Social Studies of Science, Department of Science and Technology Studies, UCL (download presentation)
    • Aida Joaquin Acosta, Head of Unit, Spanish Ministry of Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Affiliate, Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society, Harvard University (download presentation)
    • Filippo Santoni de Sio, Associate Professor in Ethics of Technology, Section Ethics/Philosophy of Technology, TU Delft (download presentation)
    • Ebru Dogan, Human Factors & Ethical issues raised by CAV, VEDECOM (download presentation)
    • Mikael Ljung Aust, Driver Behaviour Specialist, Volvo Cars (download presentation)
12:30 – 13:30 Break
13:30 – 15:00 Break-out sessions
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    BO7: Human Factors of remote control operation: what are the lessons learned and future challenges?

    Tele- and remote-operation involve the remote connection and control of automated systems and vehicles by human operators. This session includes presentations and discusses about how we manage the human factors and safety challenges of this methodology, such as ensuring good operator situation awareness, aiding decision-making and overcoming latency issues.


    Natasha Merat, Professor, Head of Human Factors & Safety Group, ITS Leeds


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    BO8: Standardisation and roadworthiness in CCAM: what are the achievements and next steps?

    Moving from Driving Assistance to Automated Driving functions, new challenges come into play, demanding new standards, in particular for safety validation and roadworthiness of Automated Vehicles. This session addresses the current and planned R&I contributions to standards and explores the latest regulations for CCAM and how they would benefit from standardisation activities. In particular, this session highlights the major challenges and open questions that slow down or even impede a safe and widespread commercialisation of Automated Vehicles.


    Filippo Visintainer, Technical Fellow, FCA-CRF


    • Nikki Kidd, Manager, Strategic Initiatives, CSA Group (Canadian Standards Association)Geoff Knapp, Principal Consultant Smart Mobility, WSP Canada (download presentation)
    • Thomas Zielke, Professor and Researcher, Faculty of Mechanical and Process Engineering, Hochschule Düsseldorf (download presentation)
    • Oihana Otaegui, Head of ITS and Engineering Department, Vicomtech (download presentation)
    • Marta Tobar, Project Manager Research & Development, Applus+ IDIADA (download presentation)
    • Maria-Cristina Galassi, Scientific Project Officer, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission (download presentation)
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    BO9: Accessible & Meaningful: what does it take to make CCAM stand for Citizen’s choice?

    The CCAM evolution can bring desired impacts only if it is appreciated and used by citizens. Panellists will share practical and unique findings from different approaches to involve citizens in CCAM developments, including citizen dialogues based on deliberation, living labs and co-creation events to ideate and collaborate on possible solutions (ideathons). The audience is invited to an interactive workshop with panellists about opportunities and limitations of the different approaches when it comes to foster appreciated and attractive CCAM developments.


    Ingrid Skogsmo, Senior Research Leader Future Transportation, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI) (download presentation)


15:00 – 15:20 Break
15:20 – 16:50 Break-out sessions
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    BO10: Boosting CCAM with AI: how to ensure effectiveness and acceptability?

    AI has a huge potential to change the (in-vehicle) decision making process as well as new services or safety solutions supported by AI. To unlock this, a major challenge is to understand and boost user acceptance of the AI-supported CCAM technologies, as well as safety and effectiveness. The session discusses what is a possible joint approach to achieve this, together with the roles several stakeholders will have in the execution of this approach.


    Margriet van Schijndel-de Nooij, Program Director Smart Mobility, EARPA 


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    BO11: Scenarios for validation: what data sources do we need?

    A scenario database is key for the validation of connected and automated driving. The scenarios of such a database are built out of different data sources, which might have different characteristics, quality and quantity. This session focuses on the analysis and discussion of different real-world data sources to create validation scenarios.


    Adrian Zlocki, Head of Automated Driving, fka (download presentation)


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    B012: Green Deal: How will CCAM contribute to reducing environmental impact?

    Achieving zero net GHG emissions by 2050 is arguably the most central, ambitious and challenging goal set out by the European Green Deal. The intermediary target for 2030 is set to at least 55% GHG emission reduction. CCAM is mentioned as one of the key tools to deliver on the targets of the Green Deal. Now is the time to raise the debate on how this will actually be done. This session discusses which CCAM applications have proven effects on decarbonisation and what still needs to be done to deliver on these highly ambitious targets.


    Zeljko Jeftic, Deputy Director Innovation & Deployment, ERTICO – ITS Europe (download presentation)


17:05 – 17:50 Closing session

The EUCAD 2021 closing session will reflect on the discussions and conclusions that took place across all plenary and breakout sessions. It will identify the next challenges and topics to be tackled across thematic areas and through multisector cooperation. The session will end with a keynote speech to officially close the conference.

  • Ingrid Skogsmo, Senior Research Leader Future Transportation, Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI)
  • Armin Gräter, Leader Division Strategy Autonomous Driving, Driving Assistance, BMW Group
  • Laurianne Krid, Director General, Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) Region I
  • Steve Philips, Secretary-General, Conference of European Directors of Roads (CEDR)
  • Jean-Eric Paquet , Director General, DG RTD, European Commission


Participants from the private and the public sectors

Representatives from the European Institutions

Representatives from the automotive and telecom industries


Road operators, public transport operators, regulators


Research centres and universities

Speakers from the US, Japan and other non-European countries