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L3Pilot research project starts testing in public

In early March 2019, major European automotive manufacturers started testing automated in-vehicle functions on public roads across ten countries in Europe.

All told, around 1,000 drivers will be testing automated driving technologies over a period of 18 months. The first phase of this pilot is a six-month ramp-up to fieldtest the procedures, to gather initial user feedback,and to allow interventions foroptimizing execution.

All the project sites and the partners specialising in methodology and evaluation have been working together to define the experimental procedures so as to ensure successful evaluation at the end of the project.

All L3Pilot cars are series production vehicles that have been modified by installing a variety of sensors and technical equipment, including data loggers.The approval process fortesting these prototype vehicles on public roadshad to consider compliance with each country’s laws and regulations, including those concerning data privacy, insurance and cybersecurity.

During the 2019 Conference on Connected and Automated Driving in Brussels on 2-3 April 2019, L3Pilot partners had five fully equipped vehicles on display at the Autoworld Museum for the general public and leading representatives from the European Commission and industry.