Rapid technology development and digitalization trends have led to more automation in all areas of life. In addition, road vehicles are becoming more technologically advanced with a continuing trend toward fully autonomous driving. On the one hand, automated and connected technologies might improve efficiency and sustainability of the transportation system. They could also increase comfort levels and improve the travel time of vehicle users. On the other hand, there are potential risks for an increase in traffic volume when automation makes vehicle use more attractive and available to a broader user group. Hence, there are challenges related to the implementation of this technology not only in regards to technical and legal requirements, but also in potential conflicts between individual and societal goals. Consequently, a dialogue between relevant stakeholders is needed in order to ensure an integration of the technology in the transport system which meets both individual and societal goals.
The aim of the project is to analyze the full potential of autonomous and connected driving and to create a dialogue between the relevant stakeholders who play a crucial role in the implemen-tation of the technology in the traffic system in Germany. In-depth research analysis on the po-tential opportunities and risks from the implementation and use of vehicle automation will build the base for this dialogue. This work aims to ensure that automated and connected driving con-sider residents´ mobility needs, contribute to create a sustainable and more efficient traffic system, and support Germany as a market leader for this technology.
Potential opportunities and risks of the implementation and use of automated and connected driving as well as users´ and stakeholders´ requirements for the technology will be addressed in a literature review, quantitative surveys, and interviews and workshops. An additional part of the project is to support knowledge and experience exchange between government funded research projects addressing automated and connected driving by organizing regular workshops and summarizing important achievements and results from these projects.
Moreover, action fields for the implementation of the technology in the traffic system and a comprehensive concept for future dialogue between relevant stakeholders will be derived from the results of the project. An important starting point for the analysis within the project is the National Strategy for Automated and Connected Driving published by the German government.
The project is funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.
07/2017 to 12/2019