Final Workshop (Barcelona)

On October 27, 2022, the Drive2theFuture Final Workshop was held at RACC headquarters

It was a Hybrid event: Face-to-face but simultaneously in streaming.

The first speeches were welcome words from Evangelos Bekiaris (Director at CERTH/HIT) as a representative of the project coordination and from Cristian Bardají (Mobility Director at RACC) as a representative of the host.

Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH/HIT)
Cristian Bardají (RACC)

This was followed by a keynote speech by Judith Charlton (Monash University Accident Research Centre). It was about the safety of vulnerable road users (especially older drivers). Judith presented research that could help plan for the future transportation needs of these groups, especially design of Autonomous Vehicles and current advanced driver assist system technologies (ADAS). She participated remotely.

Judith Charlton (by remote connection)

After the keynote, Lila Gaitanidou (CERTH/HIT) presented the main results obtained in the Drive2theFuture project. In the first part, she talked about users’perception, technology strategies, trainings and pilots developed within the Project. After that, she explained correlation of Automation to MaaS, ethical issues, business models and some guidelines. Finally, she introduced a possible roadmap of AV in each mode.

Lila Gaitanidou (CERTH/HIT)

After the coffee break, the session restarted with the first panel. Panelists discussed the impact and business perspectives related to autonomous vehicles.

The panel was moderated by Davide Shingo Usami (University of Roma). The participants were: José Rodriguez (SWARCO), Cristina Juárez (CARNET), Gerard Martret (SWVL) and Christoph Vollath (RACC).

Panel 1: Impact and business perspectives

The second panel discussed the guidelines and roadmap in terms of autonomous vehicles adoption.

The panel was moderated by Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH/HIT). The participants were Michele Tozzi (UITP), Lila Gaitanidou (CERTH/HIT), Celestino Sánchez (EURNEX), Laia Pagès (CARNET), David Ertl (FIA) and Lesley-Ann Mathis (Fraunhofer IAO).

Panel 2: Guidelines and Roadmap

Finally, Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH/HIT) did the closing speech explaining the Project legacy.

Evangelos Bekiaris (CERTH/HIT) during the closing speech