A two year research project looking into the creation and application of self-driving technology started this week in Europe. Based at the MobileLifeCampus in Wolfsburg, Germany, the project, known as AdaptIVe (Automated Driving Applications and Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles) combines the knowledge and skills of 29 partners.
The consortium, led by Volkswagen, also has representation from a number of other car manufactures such as BMW, Fiat, Daimler, Opel, Peugeot Citroën, Renault, Volvo and Ford.
Professor Jürgen Leohold, Executive Director of Volkswagen Group Research said, “This complex field of research will not only utilise onboard sensors, but also cooperative elements such as vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. Therefore, I am glad that most European automotive companies are cooperating in this pre-competitive field to create new solutions for automated driving.”
The project has a €25 million budget from the European Commission and will last for 42 months. It will focus on “offering both partially automated and highly automated driving on motorways, in urban scenarios, and for close-distance manoeuvres.”
The race to create and market a fully or semi-autonomous car is well under way with both Nissan and Tesla having set self-imposed deadlines for the release of their technology. Elon Musk, Tesla Motor’s CEO [NASDAQ:TSLA], has said he is aiming to have his ‘autopilot’ technology ready within 3 years and Nissan CEO Carlos Ghosn saying they will have a fully automated car on the roads no later than 2020.
The AdaptIVe project will demonstrate the various technologies and approaches to autonomous vehicles by equipping seven cars and one truck with the equipment. The project will also look into the legal implications for manufacturers and drivers.
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