The project has a duration of 36 months (from May 2019 to April 2022) and includes the following 10 Work Packages (WPs):
Identify and cluster the categories of “drivers”, travellers and stakeholders involved in or affected by autonomous vehicles, recognize their needs and wants and define relevant use cases, taking into account issues of transferability of solutions between different transport modes.
Model the behaviour of the automated vehicle “driver”/pilot and forecast development of acceptance for different scenarios of introducing automation.
Define the optimal HMI for the different clusters of users and levels of automation to set the ground for raising acceptance by defining data privacy and applying a user-oriented migration path for the introduction of automation in the European transport.
Identify the training needs of all user categories and define relevant training tools and material, along with training and certification schemes.
Perform Demonstration Pilots using appropriate tools and different testbeds, i.e. Virtual Reality simulations, movingbase driving simulators, test-tracks and real-life environments for all modes, to assess the impact of the proposed tools and concepts to user and stakeholder acceptance.
Assess the impact of proposed solutions on safety, driver/traveller behaviour, workforce employability and raising acceptance (from the “drivers”, the operators/stakeholders’ and the general public’s point of view).
Investigate the application and future prospects of the correlation between automation and MaaS, for both passenger and freight transport.
Investigate legal and ethical issues through a comparative assessment of vehicle vs. human decisions in different scenarios.
To disseminate key project developments to external actors and key stakeholders.
To implement and update an appropriate online presence (web-site, societal media) and other relevant dissemination material to ensure continuous outreach of the project results, as well as knowledge transfer.
To organise project key events and demonstrations and ensure cooperation with the most important international forums, as well as liaise with related projects and initiatives.
To demonstrate the economic viability and lay the foundations for subsequent exploitation, systematically prepare the exploitation measures of individual partners & agree on clear rules for IPR management.
To create business models suitable for market uptake of connected, shared and automated transport.
To elaborate and preliminary validate business model concepts and develop an Exploitation Agreement for Drive2theFuture innovations.
To issue guidelines, policy recommendations and a roadmap on the user acceptance path for automated transport deployment in Europe.
To effectively support the partners during the project, in administrative, technical and financial terms and oversee Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) management within the project and beyond.
To ensure the timely completion of planned project outcomes, i.e. deliverables, milestones, etc. in line with guidelines from the European Commission, the Project Contract and the Consortium Agreement.
To provide up-to-date reporting of the project main outcomes for EC services and external actors.
To assure the quality of the project deliverables and other results.
To monitor the conformity to Ethical requirements for the project evaluation activities with users.
To establish pairing with EU and non-EU projects, through concertation and project clustering actions
The objective is to ensure compliance with the ‘ethics requirements’ set out in this work package.