Addressing challenges toward the deployment of higher automation

Project: EU project

Project Details


Hi-Drive is EU's flagship project on high automation of passenger cars. It addresses a number of key challenges which are currently hindering the progress of developments in vehicle automation. The key aim of the project is to focus on testing and demonstrating automated driving, by improving intelligent vehicle technologies, to cover a large set of traffic environments, not currently achievable.Hi-Drive enables testing of a variety of functionalities, from motorway chauffeur to urban chauffeur, explored in diverse scenarios with heterogeneous driving cultures across Europe. In particular, the Hi-Drive trials will consider European TEN-T corridors and urban nodes in large and medium cities, with a specific attention to demanding, error-prone, conditions. The project’s ambition is to considerably extend the operational design domain (ODD) from the present situation, which frequently demands interventions from the human driver. Therefore, the project concept builds on reaching a widespread and continuous ODD, where automation can operate for longer periods and interoperability is assured across borders and brands. The project also investigates what factors influence user behaviour and acceptance, as well as understanding the needs of other road users interacting with these vehicles. The removal of fragmentation in the ODD is expected to give rise to a gradual transition from a conditional operation towards higher levels of automated driving. With these aims, Hi-Drive associates a consortium of 41 European partners with a wide range of interests and capabilities covering the main impact areas which affect users, and the transport system, and enhance societal benefits. The project intends to contribute towards market deployment of automated systems by 2030. All this cannot be achieved by testing only. Accordingly, the work includes outreach activities on business innovation and standardisation, plus extended networking with the interested stakeholders, coordinating parallel activities in Europe and overseas.
Effective start/end date1/07/2130/06/25

Collaborative partners

  • VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
  • NNG Szoftverfejlesztő és Kereskedelmi Kft (Project partner)
  • European Center for Information and Communication Technologies (EICT) (Project partner)
  • Volvo Technology AB (Project partner)
  • Renault S.A.S (Project partner)
  • Robert Bosch GmbH (Project partner)
  • Volvo Personvagnar AB (Project partner)
  • Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) (Project partner)
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat (CFR) (Project partner)
  • Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) (Project partner)
  • Toyota Motor Europe (TME) (Project partner)
  • RWTH Aachen University (Project partner)
  • VeDeCoM Institute (Project partner)
  • Valeo Vision SAS (Project partner)
  • Ford-Werke GmbH (Project partner)
  • Zenseact AB (Project partner)
  • PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG (Project partner)
  • Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH (Project partner)
  • Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH (Project partner)
  • CTAG - Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia (Project partner)
  • University of Leeds (Project partner)
  • SNF – Centre for Applied Research (Project partner)
  • Würzburger Institut für Verkehrswissenschaften (WIVW) (Project partner)
  • German Aerospace Center (DLR) (Project partner)
  • International Road Federation (IRF) (Project partner)
  • Audi AG (Project partner)
  • Automotive Artificial Intelligence AAI GmbH (Project partner)
  • PSA Automobiles SA (Project partner)
  • TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH (Project partner)
  • University of Warwick (Project partner)
  • University of Genoa (Project partner)
  • Aptiv Services Deutschland GmbH (Project partner)
  • SEAT S.A. (Project partner)
  • Institute of Communication and Computer Systems (ICCS) (Project partner)
  • Volkswagen AG (Project partner) (lead)
  • Federal Highway Research Institute (BAST) (Project partner)
  • FEV Europe GmbH (Project partner)
  • Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) (Project partner)
  • Bayerische Motoren Werke AG (BMW) (Project partner)
  • Chalmers University of Technology (Project partner)

UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This project contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Funding category

  • EU-H2020


  • H2020-DT-ART-2020
  • Automation