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 machine learning will support future CAD functions, and the implementation of the Operational Design Domain (ODD). This will allow the automated operation of vehicles for longer periods and across borders with different brands.

Led by Volkswagen AG, the project will run for 48 months with a budget of more than €60 million. Hi-Drive follows the L3Pilot project with twelve European vehicle manufacturers: Volkswagen (Coordinator), Audi, BMW Group, Fiat, Ford, Honda R&D Europe, Hyundai Motor Europe, PSA Group, SEAT, Toyota Motor Europe, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group. The consortium is completed with suppliers (APTIV, BOSCH, FEV, NNG, PTV, VALEO and AAI) to support the OEM implementations by research partners (CTAG, DRL, SNF, TNO, VEDECOM, VTT, ICCS, RWTH, Chalmers, TU Delft, Leeds Uv, Genoa, Warwick Uv, WIVW and EICT). Hi-Drive partners include as well IRF, FIA, TÜV and BASt.

You can find more information on the project website:

This project is co-funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006664.

Project facts:

Start: Duration: Budget: Public funding: Website:
July 2021 48 months €60 million €30 million
Partners: Coordinator: Volkswagen AG

EUCAR members: BMW Group, Ford, Honda R&D Europe, Hyundai, Stellantis, Toyota Motor Europe, Volkswagen Group, Volvo Cars and Volvo Group.

Partners: APTIV, BOSCH, FEV, NNG, PTV, VALEO, AAI, CTAG, DRL, SNF, TNO, VEDECOM, VTT, ICCS, RWTH, Chalmers, TU Delft, Leeds Uv, Genoa, Warwick Uv, WIVW, EICT, IRF, FIA, TÜV and BASt.