For four years, the CONCORDA (Connected Corridor for Driving Automation) project, funded by the Connecting Europe Facility and coordinated by ERTICO, contributed to preparing European motorways for automated driving and high-density truck platooning with adequate connected services and technologies. The final results of this exciting project were presented by the consortium on 31 May in a virtual event.

To demonstrate vehicular platooning, with a lead vehicle and more highly automated or driver-less following vehicles across five testing sites (Belgium, France, Germany, the Netherlands and Spain), the  Connecting Europe Facility for the transport domain allocated 20 million euros to CONCORDA.

CONCORDA has also assessed the performance of hybrid communication systems in terms of reliability, availability and interoperability, combining 802.11p and LTE connectivity under real traffic situations to improve the integrity of localisation services.

According to Project Coordinator Eusebiu Catana, CONCORDA helped to pave the way for other CAD/CAM/CCAM projects and activities by learnings and findings advertised to, and partially adopted by, short- and long range H2020 projects, including long-range ICT4CARTSHOW5G-CARMEN, 5GCroCo and 5G-MOBIX.

‘CONCORDA was simultaneously a pre-deployment action for interoperable hybrid C-ITS deployments and an innovation action for the evaluating C-V2X PC5 in coexistence with ITS-G5 802.11p, MEC-based low-latency ITS message (re-) distribution, implementing and evaluating advanced CAD/CCAM services like CACC and HDTP’ said Dr Catana.

For more information on the CONCORDA project, click here.