28-29 November 2019, Karlsruhe. The second Drive2theFuture Plenary meeting took place in this German city. The meeting was hosted and developed by the local partner FZI Research Center for Information Technology in their offices.
During these 2 days all the WP leaders have updated status of their word packages. The project is progressing well.
Next plenary meeting will take place in February 2020 in Brusells (Belgium), it will be organized also the fist Workshop of the project. The exact date for both workshop and plenary Meeting ares still to be decided.
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4 new projects on the european horizon of the autonomous driving
Under the Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme, the European Commission has recently funded 4 new projects focused on driver behaviour and acceptance of connected, cooperative and automated transport: Drive2TheFuture, PAsCAL, SUaaVE, Trustonomy.
These projects share some common topics to investigate on such as the assessment of public acceptance of autonomous driving; the analysis of the driver behaviour under different scenarios; the human/machine interconnections, and last – but absolutely not least – the investigation of ethical and legal issues associated with drivers of autonomous vehicles.
Lila Gaitanidou, CERTH/HIT, Drive2theFuture project coordinator, stresses out that “User should be in the core of designing and deploying connected and autonomous vehicles (CAVs). And this is valid for all means of transportation. There are different user categories addressed, from drivers and passengers, to related stakeholders and vulnerable road users, their needs and wants varying accordingly. Drive2theFuture, through its 12 pilots undertaken in 8 European countries and a series of design, modelling, training, awareness and dissemination activities, aims at actively involving all users in the process, towards a successful deployment of CAVs in Europe”.
Guillaume Gronier, LIST, PAsCAL project coordinator, explains that “Our aims is to create a “Guide2Autonomy” that will improve the understanding of the implications of connected and automated vehicles (CAVs) on society, educate future drivers and passengers and help decision makers navigate the transition to new forms of personal mobility resulting from the deployment of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles. It will not only focus on the interaction of the “users” in or near CAV, but also assess the impact of connected transport on people’s well-being, quality of life, and equity by using a strongly interdisciplinary mix of innovative tools from both human science and technology, to capture the public’s acceptance and attitude, analyse and assess their concerns, model and simulate realistic scenarios for hand-on practices, and validate the research innovation in a number of trials in the real world.”
The Instituto de Biomecánica (IBV) is leading the European project SUaaVE (SUpporting acceptance of automated vehicle) with the objective to improve the response and sensitivity of the autonomous vehicle, making it more aware of the occupants, pedestrians and other drivers needs. José Solaz, director of innovation in Automotive of the IBV, ensures that in this way “we will achieve a greater acceptance of the autonomous vehicle by solving the existing gap between technology and the real needs of citizens.”
Stefano Bianchi, Softeco, TRUSTONOMY project coordinator, thinks that “Building acceptance and trust in autonomous mobility is one of the keys to the success and actual implementation of the autonomous and connected vehicles. And this is what our project will be working on for the next three years, proposing a complete framework for the evaluation of technical solutions that constitute Autonomous Driving Systems (ADS).”
Drive2theFuture kick-off meeting 9-10 May 2019, Thessaloniki, Greece
The Drive2theFuture project kick-off meeting took place on the 9th and 10th May 2019 in CERTH/HIT premises in Thessaloniki, Greece. 45 participants, representing the 31 partners of the project attended the meeting.
During the two days of the meeting, the aims, plans and implementation objectives of all project WorkPackages and Activities were presented by the respective leaders, in a series of interactive sessions with lively discussion and active participation of all attendants. Moreover, the 1st Steering Committee meeting took place on the second day, allowing the Project Management Team and the WP leaders to make initial plans on the strategy and optimal alignment of the project to its aims and objectives.
The Drive2theFuture Coordinator, Ms Lila Gaitanidou, giving the opening presentation of the meeting.
The Drive2theFuture Technical Manager, Dr. Evangelos Bekiaris, presenting the Overview of the Project.