Addressing the challenges of introducing higher automation

The EU Hi-Drive project addresses problems that currently stand in the way of the introduction of highly automated driving. The overall goal is to improve automated driving. The project addresses systems of SAE automation levels 3 and 4 by testing and evaluating functions in environments where current systems have reached their limits. This will be carried out in various European countries on public roads, including urban traffic and highways. Cross-border tests are even being carried out along the trans-European transport network.

Highly automated driving is to be improved in the Hi-Drive project by increasing the ODDs (Operational Design Domains) or closing current gaps for ODDs, such that they are as continuous as possible. This will reduce the number of takeovers by the driver. In addition, building on the results of the L3Pilot EU-project, further driving data will be collected under different traffic, weather and visibility conditions. This is spread across different test areas to generate results that are as representative as possible for Europe. Thus, this data is used to analyze the effects of automated driving. This includes effects on individual driving functions through to effects on the entire transportation system. In addition, socio-economic changes will also be considered.

The project involves 40 industry and research partners from 14 countries. While the industry partners in the project are responsible for the preparation and operation of the automated vehicles as well as for conducting the studies, the research partners are primarily developing the methods for determining the effects of automated driving and then implementing them. ika is leading the sub-project “Effects”, which deals with the evaluation of the data, the creation of an edge case database and the determination of impacts on the transportation system. In the course of this, ika is also involved in the sub-project “Methodology”, in which the methodology for the evaluation is developed and defined.

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Marcel Sonntag M.Sc.
Group Leader Safety Assurance and Effectiveness
+49 241 80 26714

Project duration

07/2021 – 06/2025

Supported by

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Hi-Drive has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006664.


Institute for Automotive Engineering
RWTH Aachen University
Steinbachstraße 7
52074 Aachen · Germany

+49 241 80 25600

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