Newsletter February 2021aalcaraz2021-02-08T10:49:54+01:00
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Drive2theFuture has reached its midterm in October 2020, with all aims and objectives accomplished so far, with hard work and coordinated activities undertaken by its 31 partners towards achieving the project goals.
Unavoidably, the lockdowns and other Covid-19 related restrictions make the project work more challenging and several obstacles arise on the way. In this context, theDrive2theFuture Consortium has put all efforts in early identifying and effectively tackling with any drawbacks, succeeding to keep the project work in track. These were discussed during the project 4th Plenary Meeting in October 2020, along with the overall progress and plans for work in the following period.
TheDrive2theFuture 2nd Workshop is planned for the 12th March 2021, offering the best opportunity to present you the so far achievements of the project, as well as invite you to share your views and contributions to our further work. Registration is open and free of charge.
This second Newsletter includes an update of the project progress, with results and ongoing research. Among others, the Voice-of-Customer survey, identifying the current views and acceptance of automation in all modes, has been concluded, with the participation of more than 11000 people from all over Europe. Interactive online stakeholder workshops, to assess the stakeholders’ opinions on future autonomous mobility and logistics scenarios were held in 4 countries, while a survey on civil drones’ acceptance is ongoing, addressing all users, so everyone can share their views! Another survey, addressing driver trainers is also ongoing (so far more than 1000 responses), aiming to capture their feelings towards autonomous vehicles. Moreover, a joint article has been published, together with the 3 other cluster projects (PAsCAL, Trustonomy and SUaaVE).
Drive2theFuture 2nd Workshop – Registration open!
TheDrive2theFuture 2nd Workshop will take place on the 12th March 2021. Presentations on the project preliminary outcomes, keynotes and interactive sessions with attendees’ active participation.
Attendance is free of charge but places limited. Detailed agenda will soon be announce on theDrive2theFuture website.
You may register here to reserve your participation.
Drive2theFuture 4th Plenary Meeting
The 4thDrive2theFuture Plenary meeting took place on 7th & 8th October. It was the first project plenary meeting to be held online due to travelling restrictions due to COVID-19. The meeting has successfully summarised the so far achievements of the project, as it reached its mid-term. Preparations for the midterm review were arranged and the next steps for the second project period discussed among the project partners.
Online stakeholder workshops
Drive2theFuture consortium partner Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB-MOBI) organized between June 2020 and October 2020, 4 European interactive online stakeholder workshops, to assess the stakeholders’ opinions on future autonomous mobility and logistics scenarios. The workshops were organized in collaboration with the consortium partners Wiener Linien (Austria), UNIZA (Slovakia), Vedecom (France) and PZM (Poland). In total, 63 experts participated. The aim of the stakeholder workshops was to perform a broad societal impact assessment. Autonomous vehicle scenarios were defined to match the project’s pilot sites implementations in a broader sense or represent future implementations of the pilot. By using the Multi-Actor Multi-Criteria Analysis (MAMCA) online tool and group discussions, this led to an in-depth understanding of stakeholder objectives. Overall, the results show that stakeholders expect automated scenarios to be an improvement compared to the business as usual. In general, higher positive impacts are expected for shared automated services compared to privately-owned automated cars. Furthermore, a high importance is given to the safety and security impact area.
More details on the workshops and their results can be found in D6.1 Impact assessment framework, project KPIs and their prioritisation.
Multi-actor view from the logistics stakeholder workshop with UNIZA.
Driver trainers survey
As part of their Drive2theFuture commitments, IAM RoadSmart is conducting a survey of driver trainers to understand their feelings towards more autonomous vehicles. The survey remains still open until the 14th of February to reach a higher number of contributions. We already have 1.158 responses, but we are looking for more answers, to gain a more representative view from across Europe and, thus, help us understand the position of the Driver Training industry. The link to the survey is https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/BCKBZZK
General opinion of respondents regarding automated and self-driving vehicles of all modes
Voice of Customers survey
The purpose of theVoice of Customers’ survey that was designed and developed by CERTH/HIT and FIA with the contribution of all Drive2theFuture partners, has been to explore the opinions of all transport users about acceptance of Autonomous Vehicles for different transport modes, respecting a good balance of gender, geographical coverage, transport modes and user clusters. The survey took special interest in ensuring the necessary representation of all transport modes, in order to include the proper description of automation levels of each mode, while covering their different needs by the questions. It was structured in a modular way, with four main areas corresponding to each transport domain (aviation, maritime, rail, road). Moreover, it was translated in 18 different European languages, so as to facilitate the respondents and give them the opportunity to provide their responses to their mother language or their language of preference. A total number of nearly 11.554 questionnaires have been completed and analysed.
Civil drones survey Drive2theFuture consortium invites you to take part in an online survey on civil drones. The survey’s aim is to measure thegeneral public level of acceptance/acceptability of civil drones all across Europe.Completing the survey will take approximately 10 minutes and no prior knowledge about drones is required, everyone can participate! There are no right or wrong answers, we are just interested in your opinion.
This is the survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/V52BHHJ If you are interested in the results of the survey, do not hesitate to let us know, we will be happy to share them with you
Joint article of Drive2theFuture, Pascal, Suaave and Trustonomy
In summer 2020, the four EC funded Autonomous Driving cluster projects, PAsCAL, Trustonomy, Drive2theFuture and SUaaVE, published a common paper in the OndaVerde Italian magazine. Under the Horizon 2020 programme, theDrive2theFuture project interfaces with other important projects to promote the development and acceptance of autonomous vehicles. You can read the article here.
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement no 815001.