On 7 March 2018, Ismail Ertug (MEP) hosted an EU Parliament workshop in which the role of research and public funding for automated driving in Europe was discussed.

More than one hundred relevant stakeholders and EU Policy Makers from EU Parliament and EU Commission engaged in discussions and listened to EU Commission and Industry sharing their visions on the future of mobility, and Connected Automated Driving, in Europe.

Clara de la Torre, Director EC DG RTD, gave an overview of EC activities that are currently ongoing, and highlighted the importance of some specific topics that will help develop safer and more secure technology such as data sharing, while also pointing out privacy issues, C-ITS, Cyber security, public acceptance and technology acceptance. She highlighted the importance of investing deeper in research & innovation, both at National and European level, and to create a fair policy and regulatory framework especially when it comes to certification, data management and privacy.

After the keynote speech four panellists Eckhard Steiger (Bosch), Armin Gräter (ERTRAC), Alessandro Coda (CLEPA) and Aria Etemad (EUCAR) presented their view and on-going projects on connected automated driving.

Alessandro Coda, CLEPA CTO presented CARTRE and SCOUT projects as examples of successful ongoing projects funded by EC Work Program H2020.


The CARTRE project, Coordination of Automated Road Transport Deployment for Europe, under the coordination support action program of the Commission, aims at supporting the activities of the European Commission in the field of Connected Automated Driving. The project has 36 direct partners from 9 EU Members States and its purpose is to use its knowledge to analyse and develop position papers.

In order to do that, CARTRE defined different thematic groups and addresses all the different levels of connected automated driving in a comprehensive way.

SCOUT (Safe and Connected Automation in Road Transport) is also an important initiative. The aim of this project is to create a common roadmap of the automotive, telecommunication and digital sectors for a common vision 2030. The project identifies all the different levels of automation in order to reach a complete automation of the vehicle (level 4/5).

MEP Ertug concluded the workshop and thanked the speakers and the participants for their valuable contribution, making the workshop a fruitful platform for discussion on the future of mobility.