DRIVE C2X final event was a thriving success

Cooperative systems ready to be rolled out on European scale

On July 16 -17, 2014 EICT opened the gates of the EUREF campus in Berlin to discuss the results of the European automotive research project DRIVE C2X. More than 200 representatives of industry and academia, hailing from all over Europe and Asia followed the invitation. The event marked the climax of EICT’s campaign “Making cooperative systems cooperate”, aimed at increasing public awareness on cooperative systems throughout Europe; and at preparing market introduction. The new technology has a proven potential to significantly contribute to safer driving and more efficient traffic management.

After the welcome address of Tanja Kessel, Managing Director of EICT, Wolfgang Höfs, Head of Sector “Strategic Planning and Communication”, European Commission, DG Connect, confirmed that DRIVE C2X had become a true reference for cooperative systems in Europe.

Ulrich Eichhorn, Managing Director Technology and Environment at Verband Deutscher Automobilindustrie (VDA), stated that DRIVE C2X research results and efforts push for market introduction of C2X systems on a European scale.

The Coordinator, Matthias Schulze, Senior Manager Environment Perception at Daimler AG summarized: The evaluation of the common European system in field trials across Europe verifies proper functioning of the C2X systems under real life conditions and proves European-wide interoperability. Partners have assessed the impact of the various use cases and have agreed on use cases for early deployment. In addition, the project raised Europe-wide awareness of cooperative systems and developed realistic business cases and a commonly agreed implementation strategy.


Please find here the DRIVE C2X final event press release.

Learn more about the DRIVE C2X project.



Cooperative systems

C2X communication links vehicles and infrastructure in an electronic network. This allows information to be exchanged between different vehicles as well as between vehicles and traffic infrastructure, such as variable message signs and traffic lights. Thus vehicles coming up behind and oncoming vehicles can be alerted early on to potential road hazards so that appropriate action can be taken on time.

Current road and traffic information is transmitted anonymously to traffic control centers, which can then be used to accurately predict developments in the traffic situation and thus effectively implement targeted traffic control measures. The combined information is also made available to drivers, who can adapt travel routes accordingly and arrive at their destination quickly, safely and relaxed. This also reduces CO2 emissions in road traffic.


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