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Propuesta 2 AWARD H2020


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All Weather Autonomous Real logistics operations and Demonstrations

  • Grant Agreement number 101006817

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36 months

January 2021 to January 2024

The challenge

Connected and automated driving systems for commercial vehicles can improve the safety and efficiency of freight transport both in confined areas and in mixed traffic (hub-to-hub) and make logistics operations more competitive. Significant progress has been made in the field of autonomous truck driving with numerous prototypes. However, there is still a gap to fill to ensure the uptake of this breakthrough technology and the future advent of an overall autonomous logistic chain. The current inabilities of autonomous heavy-duty vehicles to work with the right safety and functional level for 24/7 availability (e.g., harsh weather conditions) hinder their deployment, along with the lack of a harmonized regulatory framework. 

The solution

The AWARD project will develop and enable a safe autonomous transportation system in a wide range of real-life use cases in a variety of different scenarios. This encompasses the development of an autonomous driving system (ADS) capable of handling adverse environmental conditions such as heavy rain, snowfall, and fog. The ADS solution will be based on multiple sensor modalities to address 24/7 availability. The ADS will then be integrated into multiple vehicle types used in low-speed areas.

  • Objective 1

    To ensure that the AWARD solutions will address logistics needs

  • Objective 2

    To develop a safe and scalable autonomous driving system able to manage harsh weather conditions, qualified for heavy-duty vehicles

  • Objective 3

    To improve efficiency of logistics operations with autonomous heavy-duty vehicles

  • Objective 4

    To perform innovative autonomous heavy-duty vehicles missions in real logistics operations

  • Objective 5

    To provide insights and recommendations on the standardisation and harmonisation of certification processes and type approval

  • Key result 1

    Definition of end-user’s specifications and requirements

  • Key result 2

    Safe and scalable autonomous driving system validated for harsh weather conditions

  • Key result 3

    Zero-Emission Driverless Autonomous Heavy-Duty Vehicles certified for extended ODDs

  • Key result 4

    Interoperable safe and secure fleet management and supervision system that optimizes logistics operations

  • Key result 5

    Key result 5: Demonstrations of fully available automated HDV performing 24/7 for real logistics operations

  • Key result 6

    Policy recommendations regarding the regulatory framework for the deployment of fully automated HDV operating real logistics operations in extended ODDs

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