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Project in Focus: FABRIC – Final Event

After four and a half years of research and development, the FABRIC EU-funded project had concluded its activities at the end of June 2018 having achieved important results and innovations in the field of dynamic wireless charging for Electric Vehicles. On June 21-22, 2018, the consortium presented the results of its research work during a dedicated final event and demonstration that was successfully organised in Turin and Susa, Italy. About 140 registered participants from automotive industries, suppliers, solution providers, road operators, research institutes and universities had the opportunity to attend the event and discuss in depth the project advances. During the first day of...
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Project in Focus: ENSEMBLE

The ENSEMBLE consortium will implement and demonstrate multi-brand truck platooning on European roads over the next 3 years. This paves the way for the adoption of multi-brand truck platooning in Europe that will improve fuel economy, CO2 emissions, traffic safety and efficiency throughout the road freight sector. The main aim of the ENSEMBLE project is to ensure safe platooning when using different branded trucks and carry out impact assessment for infrastructure, safety and traffic flow. Traffic and road authorities will be approached to jointly define road approval requirements. Platoon Operation Levels will be defined to guide the design of different platooning functionalities...
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Message from the EUCAR Chairman

Of course, the day-to-day challenges faced by the European automotive industry are well known and omnipresent in the media. We at EUCAR, however, are looking far ahead into the future of mobility, as we want to address the challenges of tomorrow. Through the work done by the research departments of our member companies, as well as EUCAR’s joint innovation projects, we are developing medium- and long-term mobility solutions for Europe. That is also why we do not focus on the improvement of existing technologies or vehicles, nor on short-term solutions to current problems with air quality in urban areas for example. Together with our partners in industry, politics and society, we...
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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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