On 6th February 2017, over 100 stakeholders met in Versailles on the public kick off day of the new European project, AUTOPILOT. The audience of the public event represented a variety of mobility actors, including public authorities, industry, service providers, users and research institutes.
The aim of the AUTOPILOT project is to enable safer highly automated driving thanks to smart and connected objects and Internet of Things.
Financed by the European programme Horizon 2020, the IoT enabled automated vehicles will be deployed at six pilot tests sites in France, Finland, Korea, Spain, Italy and the Netherlands. The pilot sites will generate data to evaluate the technical performance of the Internet of Things to allow safer highly automated driving as well as to assess the socioeconomic impacts.
This public event on the AUTOPILOT European Project precedes the project’s official kick-off. It was hosted by the French Pilot Site in Versailles, allowing the project’s partners and attendees to discover this site in depth as well as give the possibility for local stakeholders to learn about the AUTOPILOT project’s objectives.
“Versailles is associated with culture and we hope with Autopilot to also have our city associated with innovation” said Thomas Bonhoure, Head of Urban and Economic Development, Versailles Grand Parc.
The 43 partners of the AUTOPILOT project’s consortium represent information and communication technology stakeholders as well as automobile industry and research. In the regions selected, they will test automated vehicles using smart objects under real-life conditions in order to evaluate the benefit on technology, the economy and people.
“We are excited to start such a large scale activity with representatives from all major stakeholder groups to prove that automation in urban environments can become a reality, thanks to the Internet of Things. We are looking forward to working together with the five other IoT Large Scale Pilots (LSPs) financed by the European Union, being part of the same IOT project call," said Francois Fischer, AUTOPILOT coordinator, Senior Manager at ERTICO-ITS Europe.