Safe and Connected Automation in Road Transport – The SCOUT Project



Starting 1 July 2016, the project “Safe and COnnected aUtomation in road Transport” (SCOUT) – a Coordination and Support Action within the Horizon 2020 programme – will develop viable pathways for the large-scale rollout of high-degree automated driving in Europe.


The project will bring together the automotive, telecom and ICT industries in order to conceive use cases and business models that will best leverage the investments into technology development and infrastructure deployment. User needs and expectations as well as technical and non-technical gaps will be analyzed and the results will be condensed into a cross-sectorial roadmap.


SCOUT will have its public kick-off event at this year’s AMAA conference. The first conference day will host a round-table discussion with members of the SCOUT consortium, discussing “Cross-sectorial innovation for high-level automation“.


Partner organisations:


  • VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH, Germany (Coordinator)
  • Renault S.A.S. (France)
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat s.c.p.a. (Italy)
  • BMW Group (Germany)
  • Robert Bosch GmbH (Germany)
  • NXP Semiconductors Netherlands BV (Netherlands)
  • Telecom Italia s.p.a. (Italy)
  • NEC Europe Ltd. (UK)
  • RWTH Aachen University (Germany)
  • Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der angewandten Forschung e.V. (Germany)
  • Association Européenne des Fournisseurs Automobiles CLEPA aisbl (Belgium)
  • Asociación Española de Fabricantes de Equipos y Componentes para Automoción SERNAUTO (Spain)


Project Duration: 1 July 2016 – 30 June 2018

Budget: 998,342.50 Euro


This project is funded by the European Commission, DG CONNECT, Unit “Smart Mobility and Living” (H5), within Horizon 2020 under the grant number 713843.




Connected and automated driving promises a multitude of socio-economic benefits ranging from a reduction of road accidents to an increase of productivity, improvements of social inclusion, and gains in energy efficiency. After advanced driver assistance system have shown the potential of automated driving in recent years, higher levels of road vehicle automation will soon reach maturity and are expected to deliver on these promises. Connectivity will enable and further expand the performance of automated vehicles because it makes distributed information and big data accessible e.g. for traffic scene interpretation, prediction of road-user behaviour, and route planning.

In order to seize the opportunities of connected and automated driving for Europe’s competitiveness, the Coordination and Support Action “Safe and COnnected AUtomation in Road Transport” (SCOUT) aims to promote a common roadmap of the automotive and the telecommunication and digital sectors for the development and accelerated implementation of safe and connected and high-degree automated driving in Europe.


Project objectives


  • Capture expectations and concernsregarding connected and automated driving (C&AD) from users, technology, infrastructure and service providers and public authorities
  • Explore feasible use cases for C&AD in accordance with the EU strategies for transport and digital markets, societal goals and challenges,
  • Analyse gaps and risksfor the take-up of C&AD from the domains of automotive technology, communication infrastructure & reliability, legal frameworks, standardization, testing, safety, security and privacy
  • Identify sustainable business modelsfor C&AD, also considering telecommunication, data driven services and novel mobility concepts
  • Create common cross-sectorial roadmaps and advise policies and regulatory frameworkswith support of a stakeholders network
  • Communicate and discuss resultswith the general public,
  • Monitor international trendsto detect opportunities & threats abroad
  • Tie-in the results of European funded R&D projects and activities.


Coordinator contact:

Dr. Gereon Meyer

Head of Strategic Projects

VDI/VDE Innovation + Technik GmbH
Dept. Future Technologies and Europe
Steinplatz 1
10623 Berlin
Telephone: +49 30 310078 155


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