The European Sector Skills Council for the Automotive Industry is an 18-month project, funded by the European Commission DG Employment, which aims to establish a networking platform focused on skills issues in the automotive sector. Project partners CLEPA, ETRMA and industriAll – with the support of ACEA and CEEMET – have been trusted with the establishment of this networking platform which will enable and facilitate the exchange of best practices at European level in terms of anticipating and managing skills requirements for the automotive industry. In order to realise this objective, the Skills Council will be set up from a broad range of stakeholders, such as industry representatives (employers’ organisations and trade unions), research institutes, automotive clusters, public authorities and training providers.
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Project’s website : www.euautomotiveskillscouncil.eu
The main objective of this project is the design, development and validation of a complete in wheel motor assembly prototype (electric motor, power electronics, reduction gear, structural parts and wheel), based on a McPherson corner suspension topology, to meet the defined car top level specifications. The main technical risks associated with the use of an in-wheel concept are the thermal stress under extreme operation conditions, vehicle dynamics, driveability, safety and durability.
Project’s website : www.eunice-project.eu
The GO4SEM project will detect and analyse the specific technology and product needs in emerging e-mobility supply chains in global automotive markets outside Europe. It will use this analysis to assess and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of global e-mobility supply chains and define possible opportunities for European SME’s for a competitive entry in those supply chains, whereby a special focus on ICT will be taken. As such it will indicate R&D priorities for the European SMEs and other stakeholders in order to improve or develop the adequate technologies for these opportunities. As a consequence, the GO4SEM project will give input through the core group members and the associated partners assisting the European Commission in setting up ICT focused research agendas for Horizon 2020 and the future European Green Vehicles Initiative PPP, especially with respect to dedicated initiatives targeted SMEs. In addition, since the complete e-mobility supply chain is considered, it can be expected that in these recommendations will stimulate discussions and agendas in other areas.
iMobility Challenge is a 24 months project aimed at demonstrating, promoting and boosting the deployment of ICT systems for efficient and sustainable mobility. The project will highlight both off-the-shelf products (i.e. technologies that have just been launched on the market) and emerging technologies addressed by current research. In particular focus will be placed on current EU Research conducted in the field of cooperative systems for energy efficient and sustainable mobility.
Intelligent mobility is notably characterised by efforts to better integrate and connect intelligent drivers, intelligent cars and intelligent infrastructures together, and this can be achieved through cooperative systems. The benefits of ICT systems for efficient and sustainable mobility should be better disseminated to end-users, decision-makers, the research community and the industry. The added value of iMobility Challenge will be to raise awareness of such benefits among those distinct target groups.
Project’s website : www.imobilitychallenge.eu
The European project “Anticipation of Change in the Automotive Industry” started its second phase in December 2009. Co-financed by the EC DG Employment and Social Affairs it will run until the end of October 2010. The main objective is to gather all relevant stakeholders to review the evolution of the automotive sector, to open a dialogue between the different actors and to help them to adapt to the change.
Project’s website : www.anticipationofchange.eu
The Auto-Gration project is aimed at providing a technical assistance service, on the basis of a tender issued by DG Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission, by developing an analysis study, an interoperability reference architecture and a set of pilot prototypes for the harmonisation of business processes and data exchange architectures and standards, at European or international level, within the automotive sector, to facilitate the participation of SMEs in global digital supply chains. Its ultimate objective is to create a favourable environment that will stimulate and enable the uptake of ICT and eBusiness technologies, notably by SMEs, in this highly SME-intensive sector in Europe.
Project’s website : www.auto-gration.eu
The eSafety Challenge is a European Commission-funded project that focuses on innovative vehicle safety technologies and the potential lives to be saved on the roads through increased deployment of these technologies. An important obstacle for deployment is the lack of awareness among both policymakers and end users, which is affecting policy support, user expectations and readiness for change.
Project’s website :www.esafetychallenge.eu