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Discussing funding for connected automated driving in the European Parliament

On 7 March 2018, EUCAR participated in the Driving Future Platform event at the European Parliament. In these workshops, organised by MEP Ismail Ertug, relevant stakeholders came together to discuss future vehicles and mobility. The importance and relevance of research funding to advance connected and automated driving was discussed. Clara de la Torre, Director for Transport in DG RTD of the European Commission, stated that "Connectivity and automation technologies are already in our vehicles and in our transport systems: let us unleash all their potential by investing in research and innovation to grasp their benefits for our citizens, for our economy and to keep the European...
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Giving collaborative research and innovation a strong impetus

Together with 24 other EU industry and research associations, the European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR) has signed a joint declaration entitled ‘Boosting Europe’s Future Competitiveness as Key Priority for FP9’. In order to fulfil European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s wish to make Europe’s “industry stronger and more competitive” and help it “stay or become the world leader in innovation”, the EU’s Framework Programme 9 (FP) should prioritise supporting industrial competitiveness from the start. This requires an ambitious strategy, taking full advantage of current research successes, understanding emerging risks and opportunities, considering...
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EUCAR calls for ambitious European Framework Programme (FP9)

The European Commission’s framework programmes have been important to Europe at large and industry in particular. They enable a stable research and innovation ecosystem, allowing for different actors to meet, analyse the state of affairs, identify research needs and co-finance joint research and innovation (R&I) projects. EUCAR calls for an ambitious framework programme, prioritizing research and innovation missions for the benefit of society while incorporating and improving on existing successful mechanisms. Please read the EUCAR perspective on the upcoming European Framework...
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Project in Focus: ECOCHAMPS

The ECOCHAMPS project (European competitiveness in commercial hybrid and automotive powertrains) overall objective is to achieve efficient, compact, low weight, robust and cost-effective hybrid powertrains for both passenger cars and commercial vehicles (buses, medium duty and heavy-duty trucks) with increased functionality, improved performance, comfort, functional safety and emission levels below Euro 6. Since June 2015 the ECOCHAMPS project successfully developed improved hybrid powertrains for a Class B Demonstrator (Fiat 500X), Class C Demonstrator (Renault Megane), Medium Duty Commercial Demonstrator (IVECO Daily), City Bus Demonstrator (MAN), and a Heavy Tractor Demonstrator...
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FISITA forges Strategic Partnership with EUCAR

    FISITA, the international membership organisation for the automotive and mobility engineering profession, has welcomed the European Council for Automotive R&D (EUCAR) as a Strategic Partner. EUCAR becomes part of FISITA’s international network of members, which extends a reach to a growing community of over 210,000 engineers, spread across five continents. FISITA Strategic Partners are stakeholder organisations engaged in promoting excellence and diversity in the advancement of automotive, mobility systems engineering and associated technologies. Kelly Williams, Director of Member Services at FISITA, said: “We are pleased to bring EUCAR into the fold as one...
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