EU research project on automated driving launched by VW

Posted on 6 Oct 2017 by Jonny Williamson

Europe’s L3Pilot research project has launched in Germany and will analyse the opportunities for using IoT technologies to facilitate automated driving mobility in the future.  

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European automobile manufacturers will operate 100 vehicles with 1000 drivers in the public transport system to test automated driving. – image courtesy of Audi AG.

The broadly based European research consortium under the management of VW has launched its four-year development activities in Wolfsburg.

The focus of research is automated driving on roads in Europe.

In total, 13 European automobile manufacturers, suppliers, research institutes and universities, and small and mid-sized companies will operate 100 vehicles with 1000 drivers in the public transport system.

The project aims to test automated drive systems in conformity with Level 3 and Level 4 under real conditions and in a wide range of applications.

The technologies being tested include a broad spectrum – from parking and overtaking to driving in complex city traffic.

Overall, the project will collect data in eleven European countries for assessing technical aspects, user acceptance, driving and travel behaviour, and the impact of these systems on traffic and society.

The broad spectrum of driving situations means that L3Pilot is the first project worldwide to implement and test such comprehensive functions of automated driving in practice.

Aria Etemad, L3Pilot project coordinator from Volkswagen Group, said: “We are confident that the research initiative L3Pilot will create a broadly based and comprehensive platform for realisation of mobility in the future.

“The strong integration of the entire European automobile industry and the scientific support by experts in the areas of mobility and automated vehicles will drive this initiative forward and make it successful.”

Alongside technical development, statutory framework conditions for vehicle manufacturers and drivers are being analysed.

The focus is on product liability and road traffic regulations. This pioneering project has been planned for four years and is the biggest EU-sponsored project of its kind.

The project budget has been set at €68m and is being supported by the European Commission with €36m .