Technical Kick-off in Wolfsburg 13.05.2022 | May 11-12, 2022

The Hi-Drive consortium gathered in Wolfsburg, Germany, on May 11-12, 2022 for the sucessfull technical kick-off of the four-year project. More than 140 participants joined the meeting committing to demonstrating in large-scale trials the robustness and reliability of CAD functions: The focus will be on testing and evaluating a variety of functionalities, from motorway chauffeur to urban chauffeur, in diverse scenarios with heterogeneous driving cultures across Europe.

Co-funded by the European Commission, the 40 project partners – composed of OEMs, automotive suppliers, research institutes, associations, traffic engineering, deployment organisations and mobility clubs – will demonstrate their commitment to advances the European state-of-the-art of automated driving from SAE L3 ‘Conditional Automation’ further up towards SAE L4 ‘High Automation’. In doing so, Hi-Drive will address a number of key challenges which are currently hindering the progress of developments in vehicle automation. The ambition is to considerably extend the operational design domain (ODD) from the present situation.


Hi-Drive’s key objectives are to:


  • Create, harmonise and manage a Europe-wide testing and demonstration environment for high automation.
  • Define and implement Technology Enablers technologies, targeting defragmentation and extension of the ODDs for different automated driving functions and traffic contexts.
  • Implement, adapt and further develop an already proven common testing methodology across all test sites for high-automation.
  • Test and demonstrate the functionality of high automation vehicles in demanding traffic scenarios across Europe.
  • Investigate user reactions, interactions, understanding and attitudes towards high-level automation.
  • Evaluate the project’s impacts ranging from single-user behaviour to a societal level.


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