FOT results of cooperative systems on a European scale
DRIVE C2X on the road to deployment
More than 200 ITS experts met on July 16 and 17, 2014 in Berlin at the EUREF-Campus to celebrate a major milestone towards the deployment of C2X systems: the results of the project DRIVE C2X are available.
Tanja Kessel, Managing Director at EICT, welcomed all guests to the last part of the cooperative driving campaign dedicated to the technical results and possible deployment strategies. She pointed to the unique effort of initiating a comprehensive campaign to promote cooperative driving and its success.
The future of cooperative systems under the umbrella of Horizon 2020 was in the focus of keynote speaker Wolfgang Höfs, European Commission. He highlighted the DRIVE C2X contribution towards standards and the global outreach of the project and summarized that the project had become a true reference for cooperative systems in Europe.
Ulrich Eichhorn, Managing Director Technology and Environment at VDA, pointed out that DRIVE C2X findings back up earlier results from national field tests und that the project carried on with previous research. DRIVE C2X covers the European dimension – statements on a European scale are now possible. With this DRIVE C2X pushes for market introduction of C2X systems.
Matthias Schulze, Coordinator and Senior Manager at Daimler AG assessed the achievement in relation to the objectives. The evaluation of the common European system in field trials across Europe verifies proper functioning of the C2X systems under real life conditions and proves European-wide interoperability. The impact of the various use cases was assessed and it was agreed on use cases for early deployment. The project raised Europe-wide awareness of cooperative systems and developed realistic business cases and a commonly agreed implementation strategy.
What is left open is the question for a common deployment decision of all stakeholders involved. To trigger this important step, the participants were asked to actively contribute and to develop a business model for selected use cases during the event. The focus was on commercial services to generate new ideas for a return of investments in communication technologies. In a business game eight teams competed against each other and had to pitch their ideas to the audience and a jury. Finally the winning team, presenting the future service “parking hero”, was awarded.
The two days in Berlin with the results presented during the conference and an exhibition with drive-by demonstration, the business game and many discussions delivered much input to prepare for this deployment decision.