Project in Focus: L3Pilot

Europe’s automotive industry has joined forces with suppliers, research institutes, and road authorities to test and evaluate automated vehicle technologies in real traffic conditions. L3Pilot (Piloting Automated Driving on European Roads) is the EU flagship project testing the viability of Automated Driving for safe and efficient transport. 13 OEMs participate in currently the biggest project for large-scale pilots for SAE Level 3 functions. The 100 test vehicles are exposed to variable conditions in 10 European countries with 1,000 test drivers all over Europe.

The technologies being tested cover a wide range of driving situations, including parking, overtaking on motorways, and driving through urban intersections. The tests will provide valuable data for evaluating technical aspects, user acceptance, driving and travel behaviour, as well as the impact on traffic efficiency and safety.

The project has started its fourth and final year. L3Pilot has achieved to create a comprehensive methodology framework for the evaluation of automated driving in Europe – succeeding in defining a common methodological ground for all research conducted in the framework of the project. For the pilot tests, a common data format has been developed to genuinely evaluate the data collected on different test sites with diverse conditions. Another achievement is the definition of the Code of Practice for the development of automated driving functions. Furthermore, L3Pilot provides an outstanding international survey studying user behaviour.

If you are interested in reviewing the results of L3Pilot, you can access the project deliverables on the experimental procedure, the evaluation methods, the description and taxonomy of automated driving functions and the legal requirements for automated driving piloting and cybersecurity analysis at the project web site here.

This project is co-funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723051. For further information on the project, please visit the project website.

Project facts:

Start: Duration: Budget: Public funding: Website:
September 2017 48 months €68 million €36 million
Partners: Coordinator: Volkswagen Group
EUCAR members: Audi AG, BMW Group, Centro Ricerche Fiat SCPA, Daimler AG, Ford of Europe, Groupe PSA, Honda R&D Europe, Jaguar Land Rover, Opel Automobile GmbH, Renault Group, Toyota Motor Europe and Volvo Car Corporation.
22 other partners, among them: Automotive suppliers (APTIV, FEV and Veroneer), research organisations (BASt, DLR, ICCS, ika, SAFER, SNF), SMEs (ADAS, eict) and road authorities (RDW).