Connectivity and the ability to collect data from thousands of objects surrounding vehicles are key enablers for highly automated driving. The IoT provides the mechanisms and tools to create virtual objects in the Cloud from real connected objects thereby allowing these objects to become more automated in the not-so-distant future. During the last decade, a large number of IoT technologies were developed by the research community, including IoT software engineering tools and techniques, schemes for safeguarding security/privacy, as well as infrastructures. Building upon these recently finished or ongoing research and innovation activities, AUTOPILOT focuses on utilising the IoT potential for automated driving with particular attention to safety critical aspects. It also makes data from autonomous cars available to the IoT – information that is crucial for the overall rolling out of IoT.

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