FIM Participates in 6th Driving Future Platform
Research Funding – The Key to Autonomous Driving?
On 7th March, FIM participated in the 6th edition of the Driving Future Platform at the European Parliament, hosted and organised by MEP Ismail Ertug. The event focused on answering the question and title of the event “Research Funding – The Key to Autonomous Driving?”
The opening keynote speech was delivered by Clara de la Torre, Director of the Directorate-General for Research & Innovation, whom provided an overview of current and future funding opportunities through H2020 within the 8th Framework Programme, as well as expectation for the upcoming 9th Financial Framework commencing in 2020.
Ms de la Torre also highlighted that the 3rd Mobility Package, expected to be published on 2nd May, will be accompanied by relevant funding opportunities in the area of Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM). The Director concluded by emphasising the need for greater Public-Private-Partnerships, and to maintain investment in the future of mobility to continue improving road safety levels, signified by €114m currently dedicated with more expected.
The core of the event followed with a series of presentations on EU funding and EU funded projects, with a focus on CCAM solutions for the automotive sector. Dr. Eckard Steiger (Director at Chassis Systems Control, Robert Bosch GmbH) began by presenting current developments of High Definition Mapping and sensor systems, with calls for more incremental deployment of technologies and greater basic research into Level 5 automation both from a social and technological perspective.
Armin Graeter (BMW) presented on behalf of ERTRAC (European Road Transport Research Advisory Council) ‘The ERTRAC Roadmap - Automated Driving is the basis for future research needs’ R&D for CCAM at the centre of future mobility developments. Mr Graeter added that the main societal issues for policy-makers to address were user awareness, European harmonisation, socio-economic impacts, as well as the necessary validation of safety and roadworthiness.
Alessandro Coda (CTO of CLEPA) highlighted all tiers of automotive suppliers as part of the wider ecosystem of automated driving, calling for their consideration in R&D funding and regulation of the sector, as well as stating that a truly global perspective is important to CCAM development in Europe. Mr Coda also presented two EU funded projects ‘Safe and Connected Automation in Road Transport’ or Scout, and CARTRE, both platforms aiming to capitalise on the potential of CCAM through a common approach to the opportunities and threats it presents.
Lastly, Aria Etemad (Volkswagen Group Research) presented the largest EU funded CCAM project to date ‘L3Pilot’ which will be supported by €70m, involving 34 partners from OEMs, Research Organisations, Suppliers, Insurers, a Road Authority and the FIA itself. The project shall focus on developing functionality from Level 2 Automation to the early phases of Level 4 by September 2021. Whilst developing functionality, the pilot also has a social focus, placing users at the centre of the pilots to help address public acceptance, and understanding of user needs by enabling 1000 drives in 100 vehicles in 10 countries to conduct cross-border testing, with focus on parking, traffic jams, urban and motorway applications of V2X technologies yet to be fully defined.
The concluding Open Discussion was brief but underlined by a statement from Joost Vantoome, Smart Mobility Director of ACEA, which highlighted the need for greater clarity on levels of automation across all stakeholders, the need to demystify the role of OEMs in the future CCAM value chain, the need for greater subsidiarity & open-road testing and current issues with type-approval regulation in relation to the needs of Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility.
All presentations for the event can be found at: http://www.ertug.eu/index.php?id=70