SAFER has been granted EU funding for two new major projects

Two new important research projects have been granted under the Horizon 2020 framework program; ARCADE and HEADSTART. Both projects strengthen SAFER's automotive driving project portfolio and are important for the continued work of contributing to a safe and sustainable transport system where automated vehicles play a key role.

Aligning Research and innovation for Connected and Automated Driving in Europe (ARCADE)
ARCADE is the continuation of CARTRE (SAFER project performed between 2016-2018) with the mission to coordinate consensus-building across stakeholders for sound and harmonized deployment of Connected, Cooperative and Automated Driving in Europe and beyond. SAFER will take on the role as task leader for the data sharing. Partners in the project will be SAFER, Chalmers, Volvo Group and Lindholmen Science Park. The budget is 3 million Euro and the project will run between 2019-2021. There are 24 partners that will participate in the project for three years.

Harmonised European Solutions for Testing Automated Road Transport (HEADSTART)
HEADSTART will define testing and validation procedures of functions including its key enabling technologies (i.e. communication, cyber-security, positioning) by cross-linking of all test instances such as simulation, proving ground and real-world field tests to validate safety and security performance according to the needs of key user groups (technology developers, consumer testing and type approval). SAFER (joint research unit) and its partners RISE, Chalmers, AB Volvo, Autoliv are involved in the project. SAFER will set up the requirements for testing and perform demonstrations at AstaZero. The project starts in 2019 and will last for three years. The budget is 6 million Euro.

More information about the projects will be distributed closer to the project starts.

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