Projects in Focus

Project in focus: ENSEMBLE

The ENSEMBLE project is paving the way for the adoption of multi-brand truck platooning in Europe. This project will further improve fuel economy, reduce CO2 emissions, increase traffic safety and efficiency. The project started in June 2018 and will conclude with a demonstration event in 2021. Truck platooning links two or more trucks in convoy, while multi-brand platooning links trucks from different manufacturers. These vehicles closely follow each other at a set, by using connectivity technology and automated driving support systems. ENSEMBLE aims at demonstrating that multi-brand platooning is technically feasible while holds great potential to make road transport safer, cleaner and...
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Project in Focus: HI-DRIVE

On July 7, 2021, the new EU flagship project addressing challenges towards the deployment of connected and highly automated vehicles kicked off. Hi-Drive focuses its efforts on several key challenges that are currently hindering the progress in vehicle automation. The project joins 40 partners from the automotive industry, research institutes and other relevant stakeholders. Hi-Drive will push automated driving (AD) from SAE Level 3 further up towards higher levels of automation by demonstrating in large-scale trials the robustness and reliability of CAD functions in diverse and challenging environments. Technology enablers such as hybrid connectivity, big data or machine learning...
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Project in Focus: AEROFLEX

The European Green Deal and our ambition towards climate neutrality make CO2 emission reduction and road transport efficiency a priority without alternatives.  Especially for commercial vehicles, this will remain a significant challenge in the years to come. For this reason, the EUCAR members DAF Trucks, IVECO, Scania AB, Volvo Group and FIAT Chrysler Automobile, coordinated by MAN Truck and Bus, collaborate in the AEROFLEX project, developing new technologies, concepts and architectures for future heavy goods vehicles. By optimising aerodynamics, powertrains and safety systems, these vehicles shall demonstrate a reduced carbon footprint while improving road transport efficiency and...
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Project in focus: ARCADE

The ARCADE project coordinates and supports stakeholders to define a common approach for making Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) a reality. This includes preparing a common vision and perspective on the development, testing, validation and deployment of CCAM solutions. ARCADE gathers all factors and measures that will foster the adoption of connected and automated vehicles. Furthermore, ARCADE will improve comparability and transferability of research and demonstration results in Europe and worldwide. To increase the cooperation between all CCAM stakeholders (e.g. industry, research, member states, European Commission and international partners) ARCADE organised the...
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Project in Focus: LONGRUN

The LONGRUN project develops efficient and environmentally friendly long-distance powertrains for heavy-duty trucks and coaches, confirming the commitment of the automotive industry to decrease CO2 emissions in road transport. The project brings together 30 partners, including three EUCAR members (DAF Trucks, FPT-IVECO, and Volvo Group), from 13 countries across Europe, who are joining forces to achieve a more sustainable future. The goal of this initiative is the reduction of real driving emissions and fuel consumption in the long-haul road transport sector. Within the project, the partners design and develop efficient powertrains, including hybrid electric solutions, for both...
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Project in Focus: CEVOLVER

The charging time, range and affordability are key factors for the broader market uptake of battery-electric vehicles. Therefore, the CEVOLVER project takes a user-centric approach to create solutions for comfortable long-distance trips while assuring affordability with a well-dimensioned battery. The developed demonstrator vehicles will be capable of using the new fast-charging standard. The CEVOLVER project consortium will reduce the energy consumption of future battery-electric vehicles by developing new thermal and energy management systems. In the second step, CEVOLVER will use connectivity to provide the driver with a more accurate range-prediction and assistance to find the most...
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