Project in Focus: CARTRE

The CARTRE project is a Coordination and Support Action to accelerate development and deployment of automated road transport by increasing market and policy certainties. To achieve this, CARTRE will support the development of clearer and more consistent policies for EU Member States in collaboration with industry players, ensuring that automated road transport systems and services are compatible at EU level and are deployed in a coherent way.

Other objectives include: the creation of a solid knowledgebase of all European activities, to support current activities and structure research outcomes by enablers and thematic areas; to setup a platform for sharing and re-using data and experiences from different automated road transport systems; to actively support Field Operational Tests (FOTs) and pilots carried out at National and European levels; and to work on future visions, potential impacts and research gaps in the deployment of automated road transport.

The CARTRE project will run for two years and aims to establish a joint stakeholders forum in order to coordinate and harmonise automated road transport approaches at European (e.g. strategic alignment of national action plans for automated driving) and international level (in particular with the US and Japan). Towards this objective, CARTRE organised the first European CAD conference in 2017 and is open to associated partners beyond the confinements of the consortium.

CARTRE includes 36 partners and 48 associated partners, among the industry partners the following automotive OEMs are involved in the acceleration and deployment of automated road transport: BMW Group, FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, Renault Group and Volvo Group; among the associated partners, PSA Group, Volkswagen Group and Volvo Cars; EUCAR office is also an associated partner.

This project is co-funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 724086.

For further information on the project results, please visit the project website.

Project facts:

Start: Duration: Budget: Public funding: Website:
October 2016 24 months €3 million €3 million
Partners: Coordinator: ERTICO – ITS Europe
EUCAR members: BMW Group, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Renault Group, Volvo Cars.
Partners: 36 project partners including relevant stakeholders in the road transport field from research organisations to automotive suppliers and industrial associations. The project also includes 48 associated partners.