About L3Pilot

Automated driving technology has matured to a level motivating a final phase of road tests which can answer key questions before market introduction of the systems. The European research project L3Pilot tests the viability of automated driving as a safe and efficient means of transportation on public roads. It will focus on large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3 functions, with additional assessment of some Level 4 functions. The functionality of the systems will be exposed to variable conditions with 1,000 drivers and 100 cars across ten European countries, including cross-border routes.
The technologies being tested cover a wide range of driving situations, including parking, overtaking on highways and driving through urban intersections. The tests will provide valuable data for evaluating technical aspects, user acceptance, driving and travel behaviour, as well as impact on traffic and safety.
With the comprehensive piloting of automated driving functions in test vehicles, L3Pilot will pave the way for large-scale field tests of series cars on public roads.

News & Events

L3Pilot held first showcase during 2018 EUCAR Reception & Conference in Brussels, Belgium

L3Pilot partners presented nine cars equipped with automated driving technologies during the 2018 Annual EUCAR Reception & Conference at Autoworld in...

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L3Pilot presented to the UK Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders

Natalia Neila and David Willey from Jaguar Land Rover presented L3Pilot to the UK SMMT (Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders) CAV forum last...

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L3Pilot research questions and hypotheses available for download

L3Pilot Deliverable D3.1 ‘From Research Questions to Logging Requirements’ reports a list of research questions with associated hypotheses,...

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L3Pilot presented during the SIP-adus Workshop in Tokyo, Japan on 13 November, 2018

As part of the Regional Activities and FOTs Session, Aria Etemad, L3Pilot Coordinator, gave an overview of the L3Pilot Project with his presentation...

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Traffic Jam

The car drives in traffic congestion on multiple lanes in one direction with separators. It stays within its lane, brakes and accelerates to keep up with the traffic. In some instances, the car changes the lane to react to a slower vehicle ahead or infrastructural reasons like exit lanes. Automated functions can be used on compatible road stretches, e.g. on motorways with intact lane marking.


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On a single lane or on all lanes the car adapts to the traffic conditions during day and night time. Considering system limits indicated for instance by fog or heavy rain, it follows the lane and in some cases overtakes in a highly or fully automated manner. In general, the car detects the road characteristics; knows its position and measures the distance and speed relative to vehicles driving ahead and behind.

The speed is adjusted considering various factors such as keeping a safe distance to the vehicle in front or following the speed limit. When approaching a road user with slower speed, the host vehicle can in some instances automatically change the lane and overtake other vehicles.

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Automated functions allow for more efficient management of parking space. They reduce the time and energy needed to find vacant parking spots and decrease collisions while parking as compared to a human driver.

In dedicated public or private parking areas and garages, the car drives to the parking spot and takes over the actual parking. During the manoeuvre the driver can be either inside or outside of the car, monitoring the parking via a separate device, e.g. smartphone. The car learns the manoeuvre while being driven by the driver before actually parking.

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Complex traffic and dynamic behaviour are the major challenges for a car driving in urban areas. The vehicle adapts to the traffic situation: enhanced sensor technologies recognise obstacles on the road, on-coming traffic and vulnerable road users such as cyclists.

When approaching a traffic light, the vehicle automatically reacts to the given signal. The driver takes over during unexpected situations such as roadworks or if traffic rules would be needed to be violated, e.g. crossing of lane marking.

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