Project in Focus: HEADSTART

The HEADSTART (Harmonised European Solutions for Testing Automated Road Transport) project aims to define testing and validation procedures of Cooperated, Connected and Automated Driving functions including key technologies such as communications, cyber-security and positioning. The tests will be done in simulation and real-world to validate safety and security performance according to the users’ needs.

FIAT Chrysler Automobiles, CNH Industrial (as IVECO) and Toyota Motor Europe are the EUCAR members involved in this initiative as partners. Supporting our members, the project consortium coordinated by IDIADA, bring together European stakeholders in Automated Road Transport. The partners will gather the most relevant existing initiatives and then develop methodologies, procedures, and tools. The objective is a harmonised European solution for testing and validation of automated road vehicles. Within the lifetime of the project, other relevant stakeholders outside of the project Consortium will join the experts’ network to configure the verification and validation methodologies and promote the adoption of the project results.

The project has reached its 12-month milestone, achieving the following results:

  • State of innovation of existing initiatives and gap analysis
  • Technical and Functional requirements for KETs
  • Functional requirements of selected use cases
  • A common methodology for test, validation and certification
  • Criteria to choose optimal scenarios and tests for each KET

This project is co-funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824309.  For further information, please visit the project website.

Project facts:

Start: Duration: Budget: Public funding: Website:
January 2019 36 months €6 million €6 million
Partners: Coordinator: Applus IDIADA
EUCAR members: CNH Industrial (as IVECO), FIAT Chrysler Automobiles and Toyota Motor Europe.
Partners: ICCS, VicomTech, SAFER, Pildo Labs, Valeo, Virtual Vehicle, RWTH Aachen, ERTICO, Vedecom, RDW, TNO, BAST and 4ActiveSystems.