Demonstration Pilots will be performed 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.
The pilot plans cover all pilot phases (I-II-III) for each of the selected Use Cases. For the efficient management of the pilot sites and the optimal pilot execution and coordination between sites, one responsible partner has been assigned per pilot site, as well as a responsible partner per pilot type. Moreover, some activities are foreseen to coordinate the development of demonstrators for all pilots and the presentation of demos at several occasions for dissemination purposes.
The selection of Pilots is based on the principle of using a wide variety of tools in which drivers/riders/pilots, passengers and operators’ perspectives are possible to be evaluated, while ensuring that users with specific needs can be involved (i.e. elderly, people with disabilities, etc.).
Some demonstrators are planned as focussed and in-depth tests for HMI or training evaluation and optimisation, whereas others as overall automated transport experience assessment tests. In total, 12 pilots are planned within Drive2theFuture, to be implemented in 8 different countries, with (at least) 13 partners directly involved, for all transport modes.
Through these pilots, more than 1000 citizens and 200 stakeholders will acquire hands-on experience on AVs of all modes (as drivers or – mostly – as passengers) whereas over 20.000 will learn about them as events spectators or through e-learning modules. The pilots can be categorised according to the testing environment into: Road -RO (Simulator-based, Test track, Real road), Rail -RA, Maritime – MA (real world) and Aviation – AV (Drones, real world).