VRA Webinar 7 – Vehicle Automation: Challenges and Opportunities for Cities

In collaboration with Viajeo Plus (http://www.viajeoplus.eu/)

30 June 2015
16:00- 17:00 Brussels time (CET)

Dr. Davide Brizzolara (ERTICO – ITS Europe)
Dr. Yanying Li (ERTICO – ITS Europe)
Mr. Matthieu Graindorge (City of La Rochelle, France)
Dr. Nick Reed (TRL, UK)

Dr. Yanying Li (ERTICO – ITS Europe)

The presentations from the Webinar are now available:

1 – VRA Introduction
2 – Viajeo-Plus Introduction
3 – CityMobil2 La Rochelle’s Demo first results
4 – GATEway presentation for VRA webinar

View the video of the Webinar  available on the VRA Youtube channel: click here

Under the theme “Vehicle Automation: Challenges and Opportunities for Cities”, this Webinar discussed cities’ experiences on deployment of automated vehicles with a particular focus on challenges (e.g. economic) and opportunities (e.g. road safety, reduction of CO2 emissions.

Much research work has been carried out to develop and demonstrate the concept of autonomous vehicles. In the EU, as part of the frameworks of EC co-funded cooperative project this topic has been promoted since the 1980 with large-scale projects. These projects have explore the concept of fully automated vehicles, ranging from private vehicles, to buses, Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGV) to specific vehicles (i.e. on private sites such as university campuses, car parks, or hospitals). But, why have these technologies not taken off ‘in the real world’ yet?

Many demonstrations of these technologies have been carried out proving their effectiveness. More recently Google developed a self-driving car and aims to market it as a consumer product for the general public. In 2015, the UK government launched a large scale demonstration of driverless cars in a number of British cities. Despite these efforts, the exploitation of these technologies and their integration into urban transport schemes remains a challenge.

This Webinar reflected upon the challenges cities may face when deploying automated vehicles, and the mechanism by which they might face these challenges.

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