Periodic Reporting for period 2 - L3Pilot (Piloting Automated Driving on European Roads)
Reporting period: 2019-03-01 to 2020-08-31
The data collected in these extensive pilots will support the main aims of the project to:
• Lay the foundation for the design of future, user-accepted L3 and L4 systems, to ensure their commercial success. This will be achieved by assessing user reactions, experiences and preferences of the AD systems’ functionalities.
• Enable non-automotive stakeholders, such as authorities and certification bodies, to prepare measures that will support the uptake of AD, including updated regulations for the certification of vehicle functions with a higher degree of automation, as well as incentives for the user.
• Create unified de-facto standardised methods to ensure further development of AD applications (Code of Practice).
• Create a large databank to enable simulation studies of the performance of AD over time which can not be investigated in road tests, due to the time and effort needed. The data will be one product of the pilots.
Pan-European tests are needed in order to collect data from different European conditions and generalise the results to most typical driving conditions and traffic situations in urban and motorway traffic. The results also provide information on how to develop automated systems, infrastructure enhancement needs for automation, expected impacts of automation on the transport system, how the general public feels about automated driving after having hands-on experience on it. Overall, the aim is to provide with new and usable information on automated systems’ potential for the industry, decision makers and users.
Advanced evaluation methods are now in place for the different concepts under study, in particular technical operation, traffic, user acceptance as well as impacts on mobility, safety and the environment.
Consequently, we expect the project providing with new insights and results in several areas such as:
• Technical functionality of automated driving systems on the SAE L3 level,
• Automated vehicle-driver interaction,
• Impacts on safety, efficiency and traffic flow,
• First data-led guesses on socio-economic impacts,
• Users’ attitudes and preferences on automated driving both from the test drivers and also globally through extensive surveys,
• Creation of the main business scenarios for automated driving based on the European experts’ brain storming at dedicated workshops.
Furthermore, the on-going work on a Code of Practise will provide the automated driving community with tools and methods for developing automated systems. Methodology-wise, L3Pilot offers a tool-kit to prepare future road tests without starting from a clean sheet of paper and thus saving time and money in executing road tests. This includes also data management tools and procedures also taking into account the proprietary needs of vehicles owners and releasing public data for wider scientific use.