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Automation as accepted and trustful teammate

to enhance traffic safety and efficiency

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General information
Europe EC
From 2016-09-01 to 2019-08-31 Ongoing
Project Coordinator
VRA, the network of automation

The vision of AutoMate is a novel driver-automation interaction and cooperation concept to ensure that (highly) automated driving systems will reach their full potential and can be commercially exploited. This concept is based on viewing and designing the automation as the driver’s transparent and comprehensible cooperative companion or teammate. Driver and automation are regarded as members of one team that understand and support each other in pursuing cooperatively the goal of driving safely, efficiently and comfortably from A to B. AutoMate will contribute to cutting the number of road deaths by half by 2020, thereby improving safety by 50% and will raise the competitiveness of European Automotive companies by boosting sales of automated vehicles that are accepted and trusted by end-users. Only such kind of systems can enhance safety by using the strength of both the automation and human driver in a dynamic way. These systems will be trusted and accepted, which is inevitable for drivers to be willing to buy and use such systems appropriately.


The top-level objective of AutoMate is to develop, demonstrate and evaluate the “TeamMate Car” concept as a major enabler of highly automated vehicles. In order to realize the concept we will perform research and develop innovations for 7 technical Enablers:

  • Sensor and Communication Platform,
  • Probabilistic Driver Modelling and Learning;
  • Probabilistic Vehicle and Situation Modelling;
  • Adaptive Driving Manoeuvre Planning, Execution and Learning;
  • Online Risk Assessment;
  • TeamMate HMI; and
  • TeamMate System Architecture.

The corresponding innovations will be integrated and implemented on several car simulators and real vehicles to evaluate and demonstrate the project progress and results in real-life traffic conditions.


Related Projects


  • OFFIS,
  • Centro de Ricerche Fiat,
  • Continental,
  • Deutsches Zentrum Fuer Luft – und Raumfahrt,
  • Humatects,
  • PSA,
  • RE:LAB,
  • Universitaet ULM,
  • Fondation Partenarial Mov’Eotec


Total cost: € 4.921.301,5 / EU Contribution: € 4.921.301,5

Funded under the call: H2020-MG-2015 Topic: MG3.6a-2015 - Safe and connected automation in road transport