June 2019

What do policy makers want to know about the impact of connected automated vehicles?

On 28 May, Gothenburg hosted 45 experts from Europe and Australia to discuss which societal impacts connected and automated vehicles will have. The workshop marked the first meeting of the LEVITATE Stakeholder Group, which meets several times until the completion of the project in 2021.

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LEVITATE partner in the spotlight:
Rune Elvik

Rune Elvik, senior research officer at TØI: "You will not eliminate the human factor".

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Digitalisation and Road Safety Research Workshop in Athens

The LEVITATE project was presented at the scientific workshop organized by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) on ‘Digitalisation and Road Safety Research’, which took place with great success on 17 May 2019 in Athens, within the framework of the Fifth UN Global Road Safety Week.

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In the news

Towards automation-ready SUMPs (11 June 2019)
The CoEXist project has produced a practitioner briefing on automated transport in cities that shall be part of the European guidelines on drafting Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans. Thepractitioner briefing will be presented for the first time at the European SUMP Conference in Groningen (the Netherlands), on 17 June 2019.

The Self-Driving Car Timeline – Predictions from the Top 11 Global Automakers (14 May 2019)
A company by company examination of the top car makers public investment and statements by their top executives makes it clear that most car companies are betting that artificial intelligence utalized in self-driving will be inevitable, and they’re all jumping in with investment and initiatives.

Ground-breaking driverless car project showcases vision for a connected transport future (13 May 2019)
The multi-organisational team behind the £5.5 million FLOURISH connected and autonomous vehicle (CAV) project is today celebrating the completion of three years of collaborative research and development with the launch of its latest findings.

Cyber security for connected vehicles and vehicular networks (7 May 2019)
The iMove project develops cyber security frameworks for vehicles and vehicular networks.

Opinion: In Automation, the 'Last Motion' Will Come Before the Last Mile (23 April 2019)
Robots seem to be the solution to the last-mile problem. But mechanization will likely come for a different part of the process first.

Ford taps the brakes on the arrival of self-driving cars (9 April 2019)
Ford CEO Jim Hackett Tuesday joined the growing ranks of vehicle and tech execs willing to say publicly that self-driving cars won’t arrive as soon as some had hoped.

Warning: we may be sleep-walking into an automated vehicle future (4 April 2019)
To coincide with the launch of the ‘Driverless Futures?’ project, Tom Cohen from UCL’s Centre for Transport Studies, explains the need for a rational and measured approach to the adoption of automated driving technology.

ERTRAC releases new roadmap on connected and automated driving (8 March 2019)
As a European Technology Platform, ERTRAC gathers experts from the industry, research providers and public authorities.

Bikes put spanner in works of Dutch driverless car schemes (13 February 2019)
Report highlights problems bicycles cause to self-driving cars’ detection systems. It also crowned the Netherlands as the leader in efforts to get ready for the new technology.
Opinion: The self-driving car is a marvel doomed by unpredictable humans (13 February 2019)
Road crashes claim over 40,000 lives in the US annually, and the poor are more likely to die than those well-off.

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The LEVITATE project develops methods to forecast societal level impacts of connected and automated transport (CATs). This includes the impact of CATs on safety, the environment, the economy and society.

Launched in December 2018, LEVITATE is a 3-year project led by Loughborough University whose main output will be a policy support tool (PST) to help local authorities forecast the impacts of automated vehicles over the short, medium and long-term. The PST will also contain a back-casting tool providing guidance to local authorities on the measures to implement to achieve desired outcomes against a backdrop of increasing vehicle automation.
LEVITATE has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824361.

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