Coordination of Automated Road Transport in Europe project kicks off

The European Commission’s new project – the Coordination of Automated Road Transport in Europe (CARTRE) – launched on November 2-3, 2016, at its kick-off event at Volvo Trucks Belgium in Brussels.


The two day event gathered stakeholders to discuss the CARTRE project, its Work Packages, activities and dissemination.  The project itself, involves more than 60 organisations to consolidate the current industry and policy fragmentation surrounding the development of automated road transport.


CARTRE is a Support Action to accelerate development and deployment of automated road transport by increasing market and policy certainties. To achieve this, CARTRE will support the development of clearer and more consistent policies for EU Member States in collaboration with industry players, ensuring that automated road transport systems and services are compatible at EU level and are deployed in a coherent way.


Other objectives include: the creation of a solid knowledgebase of all European activities, to support current activities and structure research outcomes by enablers and thematic areas; to setup a platform for sharing and re-using data and experiences from different automated road transport systems; to actively support Field Operational Tests (FOTs) and pilots carried out at National and European levels; and to work on future visions, potential impacts and research gaps in the deployment of automated road transport.


The CARTRE project will run for two years and aims to establish a joint stakeholders forum in order to coordinate and harmonise automated road transport approaches at European (e.g. strategic alignment of national action plans for automated driving) and international level (in particular with the US and Japan).


The CARTRE project will also operate in conjunction with another European project on automated driving – Safe and COnnected aUtomation in road Transport (SCOUT). The two projects will share dissemination activities including a joint website platform, joint social media accounts and newsletters, and the development and mapping of an automated road transport stakeholder community.


The stakeholder community will also be kept up-to-speed with the latest project and automated road transport news and developments not only through online platforms but with webinars, workshop events and an Automated Road Transport Conference.


Automated road transport is seen as one of the key technologies and major technological advancements influencing and shaping our future mobility and quality of life. Connected and automated driving can make road transport cleaner, safer, smarter and better. And this is the primary objective of the CARTRE project.



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