Projects in Focus

Project in Focus: LONGRUN

The LONGRUN project develops efficient and environmentally friendly long-distance powertrains for heavy-duty trucks and coaches. The project confirms the commitment of the automotive industry to decrease CO2 emissions in road transport. Thirty partners from the automotive industry, research, logistic companies and road authorities, including three EUCAR members (DAF Trucks, IVECO Group, and Volvo Group), collaborate to increase the sustainability of road transport. Recently, LONGRUN results were presented in the “heavy-duty vehicle of the future” session of the European Commission Horizon 2020 research in transport conference. The industrial partners in the project reported...
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EUCAR at TM4CAD workshop on automated driving

On 10 June 2022, EUCAR participated in a workshop organised by the TM4CAD project (Traffic Management for Connected and Automated Driving Project). The project is funded by the Conference of European Road Directors (CEDR) and explores infrastructure's role in supporting automated driving. In the workshop, the TM4CAD project members presented their approach and basic concepts while collecting feedback from EUCAR experts. EUCAR was represented by Aria Etemad (Volkswagen, EUCAR Expert Group Automated Vehicles leader), Christoph Kessler (Ford of Europe), Nicolas Vignard (Toyota Motor Europe) and Luis de Prada (EUCAR research programme manager). The participants discussed and exchanged...
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Project in Focus: Hi-Drive

Hi-Drive focuses its efforts on several key challenges that are currently hindering the progress in vehicle automation. 40 partners from the automotive industry, research institutes and other relevant stakeholders collaborate in Hi-Drive to push automated driving (AD) from SAE Level 3 further up toward higher levels of automation. The technologies will demonstrate the robustness and reliability of connected automated driving (CAD) functions in large-scale trials under diverse and challenging environments. In May 2022, Volkswagen organised the technical kick-off meeting of Hi-Drive in Wolfsburg. More than 137 experts have joined this event to discuss how hybrid connectivity, big data and...
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Project in Focus: UPSCALE

UPSCALE is a European project aiming to integrate Artificial Intelligence (AI) with traditional physics-based Computer-Aided Engineering to drastically reduce the development time and increase electric vehicles’ (EVs) performance. IDIADA leads this project with the involvement of Stellantis, Volkswagen Group and Volvo Cars Corporation as industrial end-users. High-Performance Computing (HPC) and Computer-Aided Engineering (CAE) are key elements in the design and development of vehicles. They are used to simulate, for example, vehicle crash performance, aerodynamic behaviour, or thermal characteristics. These vehicle simulations are very complex and time-consuming. The objective of...
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ENSEMBLE Final Event

On Thursday, 17 March 2022, the final event of the ENSEMBLE project was live-streamed. The event focussed on the achievements and the results of the project and discussed with experts and stakeholder representatives the needs for adopting this technology in Europe. Stefan Deix (Director of EUCAR), David Storer (CLEPAS’s Director of Research Innovation), Steve Phillips (Secretary General at CEDR), Carlo Giro (Manager EU Goods Transport at IRU), and Marika Hoedemaeker (TNO, ENSEMBLE project coordinator) highlighted the excellent collaboration of all ENSEMBLE partners which played an instrumental role in the development, implementation, and demonstration of the multi-brand platooning...
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Only one week left until the ENSEMBLE Final Event takes place

The ENSEMBLE project is paving the way for the adoption of multi-brand truck platooning in Europe. Truck platooning links two or more trucks in convoy using connectivity, while multi-brand platooning connects vehicles from different manufacturers. This improves energy efficiency, reduces CO2 emissions while increasing traffic efficiency and safety. The final event of the ENSEMBLE project will be live-streamed on Thursday 17 March 2022. The focus of the event will be on the potential impacts of platooning, including socio-economic and business aspects. This will be an occasion to discuss the results and achievements with high-level experts and speakers. You can find the agenda and...
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