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Autopia program
General information
Category:Spain EC
From 1998 to N/D Ongoing
Autopia [1]

CAR [2]

The AUTOPIA program is focused in a way to try to solve the saturation that the use of road networks as main transportation system causes in the vicinity of large cities. It is based on the development of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS) to relegate the drivers from some tedious driving-related tasks to make the driving easier and safer.

AUTOPIA program has been working in the development of aid driving systems and, specifically, in autonomous systems capable of replacing the driver in some specific tasks, reducing so, the dependence on the human driver.


  • Its main long term goal is the automation of vehicles. As it is not a short term realistic goal, it aims to develop many of the necessary systems to achieve it.
  • Performing tests with real cars, first in the instrumentation with appropriate sensing systems and in the automation of vehicle actuators (both in hardware and algorithmic aspects) and more recently in the development of cooperative maneuvers among different vehicles.


The group has proven experience – very significant paper record in highly ranked publications and the participation in several national and European projects- in advanced control design, localization, path and speed planning, navigation, vehicle-vehicle and vehicle-infrastruture communications.

Related Projects


CAR, Centro de Automoción y Robótica. The Centre for Automation and Robotics (CAR) CSIC-UPM is a Joint Centre for Shared Ownership between the UPM (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid) and CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigación Científica)

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