Automated driving testing on European roads: Research project L3Pilot kicked off


120 senior experts on Automated Driving from across Europe met in Wolfsburg, Germany kicking off a joint undertaking to bring automated in-vehicle technologies to European roads. In the next four years all major European automotive manufacturers have joint forces with suppliers and researchers in a research project of a total budget of nearly 70 million Euros to test and evaluate  automated driving functions of SAE Levels 3 and 4 all across Europe.  

Led by Volkswagen AG and co-funded by the European Commission, the project partners demonstrated their commitment to meeting the challenges of new and higher demands for mobility. Examining the technologies in testing vehicles will prepare the partners for large-scale field tests in series cars that will follow the L3Pilot project. The tested technologies cover a wide range of driving situations, including parking, overtaking on highways, and driving through urban intersections. The functionality of the automated systems is exposed to the variable conditions of everyday traffic, with about 100 vehicles and 1,000 drivers taking their hands off the wheel so that they can perform secondary tasks.

These tests will provide valuable data for evaluating the technical aspects and overall impact on traffic and society. L3Pilot is particularly concerned with user's perspectives on automated driving, studying user acceptance and their driving and travel behaviours. “We are certain that our systems will be successful when they meet the user needs,” says Project Coordinator Aria Etemad from Volkswagen AG. “The systems are designed for the drivers and we will consequently focus on them.” Any driving systems being introduced to market require a set of rules for system engineering and safety validation. L3Pilot partners will define these requirements for automated systems, captured in a Code of Practice for automated driving functions.

L3Pilot will pave the way for broad automation driving tests with series vehicles in real-life traffic. This underscores the leadership of Europe's automotive industry in developing reliable, thoroughly tested, and user-friendly technology.

EICT will support the consortium as project, dissemination and innovation manager. It is a core concern of the project to demonstrate the functionality of Automated Driving functions to various audiences making the technologies tangible. EICT will manage this showcase campaign with the respective demonstrations, workshops and exhibitions in different countries. For any questions related to the project please contact




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