The ROADVIEW system is a culmination of interdisciplinary challenges and brings together key players on standards and system requirements, sensor performance, data processing and management for automated vehicle operation in adverse weather, collaborative perception, decision-making systems, testing and validation, demonstration and EU project management, communication and dissemination.
School of Information Technology
Halmstad University’s Centre for Applied Intelligent Systems Research (CAISR) focuses on “aware” intelligent systems: human-aware, situation-aware, and self-aware. This is becoming more and more important in the intelligent systems built for the imminent “ubiquitous future” with data, sensors and embedded computers present everywhere. These “aware” intelligent systems can communicate with people, assess people’s intentions and combine different sources of information to get an overall picture and monitor themselves. This means research on the design of systems that, as autonomously as possible, can construct knowledge from real-life streaming data, created through the interaction between a system and its environment. This refers to constructing systems that can handle events that are unknown at the time of design. Our motivation for working with aware systems research is to approach the construction of intelligent systems that can do “life-long self-learning”, i.e., that require less supervision and are capable of handling surprising situations.
The CAISR holds over 15 years of extensive experience in AI research which is demonstrated by over 500 scientific publications (high impact, h-index 41, +7700 citations), 6 patents and 8 edited books in this domain. Close to 50 researchers collaborate under the umbrella of CAISR, who have previously been involved in multiple European projects that focused on developing intelligent systems. This project strongly aligns with the CAISR profile, covering research on aware intelligent (e.g. robotic) systems. CAISR will contribute to the project with expertise in artificial intelligence, machine learning, computer vision, and robotics.
Lapland University of Applied Sciences
School of Arctic Natural Resources and Economy/FrostBit Software Lab
Lapland University of Applied Sciences (Lapland UAS) is a multidisciplinary higher education establishment which has campuses in three different cities in Northern Finland: Rovaniemi, Kemi and Tornio. The turnover of Lapland UAS is about 43 million euros, and the yearly volume of research, development and innovation activities is about 10 million euros. The number of teaching and research staff is around 400 people. The UAS is providing bachelor and master level degrees having 5200 students in different fields of education. Lapland UAS has an important role as regional developer through education, research, development and innovation activities. The Lapland UAS has been audited and quality awarded by the Finnish Higher Education Evaluation Council (FINHEEC) and has a valid quality label. At the beginning of the year 2014 Europe Business Assembly (EBA) has granted Best Regional Universities award for Lapland UAS. Lapland UAS RDI-activities are in scope among the top of the Finnish universities of applied sciences. The strategic focus of Lapland UAS is on Global arctic responsibility, Sustainable tourism and Future services and reachability.
Lapland UAS implements around 160 projects yearly and 25 % of the projects are international. The UAS has more than 25 years of experience in the coordination of international EU projects. The UAS has been involved in many international funding programs and networks: Horizon 2020 (and previous Framework Programmes 4-7); Joint Undertaking (Artemis, ECSEL); Interreg A (North); Interreg B (Northern Periphery and Arctic; Baltic Sea Programme); Interreg C (Europe and previous); Erasmus + LLP and CBC/ENI/ENPI programmes. LaplandUAS is also a member of several international networks, e.g. uArctic; Smart Specialisation thematic platforms; European University Foundation (EUF); EARMA and Vision 2020 (Crowdhelix).
FrostBit Software Lab, as one of their main RDI units of Lapland UAS, was established all the way back in 1999 as the first Finnish virtual reality programming laboratory. The major RD focus of FrostBit is on entertaining & educational games, simulations, extended reality, web & mobile computing and complex data systems. FrostBit’s team consists of software engineers, visual artists specialized in 3D modeling, graphic design, UI and UX design, web developers and communications.
Technische Hochschule Ingolstadt
CARISSMA Institute of Automated Driving (C-IAD)
The CARISSMA Institute of Automated Driving (C-IAD) focuses its research on the development, testing and validation of automated driving functions. In the context of improving overall road safety with the “Vision Zero”, the focus is on accident avoidance, i.e. active vehicle safety and its influencing factors: human – vehicle – environment. For this very reason, the institute is intensively involved in virtual and real driving tests as well as research into human factors such as trust, acceptance, ethics and the evaluation of the user experience (usability) surrounding automated driving. C-IAD is closely networked with the THI-based research center for artificial intelligence and machine learning Artificial Intelligence Network Ingolstadt (AININ).
Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute
Vehicle Systems and Driving Simulation
The Swedish National Road and Transport Research Institute (VTI), is an independent and internationally prominent research institute in the transport sector. Our principal task is to conduct research and development related to infrastructure, traffic and transport. We are dedicated to the continuous development of knowledge pertaining to the transport sector, and in this way contribute actively to the attainment of the goals of Swedish transport policy.
Our operations cover all modes of transport, and the subjects of pavement technology, infrastructure maintenance, vehicle technology, traffic safety, traffic analysis, users of the transport system, the environment, the planning and decision making processes, transport economics and transport systems. Knowledge that the institute develops provides a basis for decisions made by stakeholders in the transport sector. In many cases our findings lead to direct applications in both national and international transport policies. The Institute is an assignment-based authority under The Ministry of Infrastructure. We have about 200 employees and are located in Linköping (head office), Stockholm, Gothenburg and Lund.
Centre d’études et d’expertise sur les risques, l’environnement, la mobilité et l’aménagement
Intelligent Transport Systems
Cerema is the French major public institution for developing and capitalising on public expertise in the fields of planning, regional cohesion, and ecological and energy transition.
It offers unique expertise in the areas of mobility, transport infrastructure, urban planning and construction, resource conservation, risk prevention, road and maritime safety, and the ability to integrate these different skills into developing territorial projects.
In the field of mobility and transportations, the research team ITS leads research on the mobility and safety in adverse weather conditions as fog and rain. The study of the impact of reduced visibility conditions on driving is addressed both from a technical approach and from sensor perception. Tests and analysis are carried out in the Cerema PAVIN Fog and Rain platform. This is a research infrastructure open to research institutes as well as to private companies in order to evaluate performances of smart system dedicated to transport, or to proceed to any other scientific activities as harsh weather perception model validation or perception tests. The platform is capable to generate artificial metrologically controlled fog and rain conditions.
In the past years, many “vehicle industrial” and “OEM” tested their sensors and vehicle within this platform. Moreover, several test campaign of the H2020 DENSE or H2020 AWARD projects occurred in this Cerema Clermont-Ferrand platform.
The ITS team has also a long experience in the use of surveillance sensors. It has practiced both passive sensors (such as video cameras and audio sensors) as well as active sensors such as Lidar and radar. The team practiced these sensors in a homogeneous combination (several sensors of the same type at the same time) or in a heterogeneous combination (Video + lidar for example). Furthermore, ITS team’s experience also concerns the processing of data from these sensors with high added value in image processing.
RISE Research Institutes of Sweden AB
Safety and Transport & Mobility and Systems
RISE is Sweden’s research institute and innovation partner. Through our international collaboration programmes with industry, academia and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the Swedish business community on an international level and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2,800 employees engage in and support all types of innovation processes. RISE is an independent, State-owned research institute, which offers unique expertise and over 100 testbeds and demonstration environments for future-proof technologies, products and services.
Finnish Geospatial Research Institute FGI
The Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) is a research organization belonging to the National Land Survey of Finland. The FGI (formerly the Finnish Geodetic Institute) is a highly international research organization having the staff of about 120 people at the moment. The core task is to carry out scientific research in the fields of geodesy, positioning, navigation, cartography, geographic information sciences, photogrammetry and remote sensing, and to transfer this knowledge into the society in all levels.
The FGI is one of the leading research establishments in geospatial information sciences and technologies in Europe and has coordinated dozens of international projects during the past years.
- During 2009-2020, it has been the most productive Finnish Research Environment (output versus input) in Web of Science.
- In December 2018, FGI was ranked as the second-best research organisation in Finland when the quality of scientific articles (citations per article) was evaluated. 74% of the citations of this study period was produced by the PI group of this application.
- In January 2019, the PI group was ranked as the highest quality research organisation in remote sensing in the whole world based on rank #1 open access journal Remote Sensing 10-years analysis
Repli5 is an agile and research oriented SME specializing in simulations for synthetic training data, this includes tools for generating 3D worlds, running simulations, closing domain gap between simulated data and logged data, and training and evaluating perception systems. Repli5 started as a spin off from a Vinnova FFI funded research project with a professor in Machine Learning as one of its founders.
Aurora Snowbox OY
Aurora Snowbox Oy is a private company based in Finland, established 2019. It provides winter and cold testing environment and expertise for connected automated vehicle testing. Aurora Snowbox is leading Snowbox test facilities which combines public roads, cross-border corridors as well as independent proving grounds through its partners. Facilities are completed with snow-how knowledge, engineering and information services, and digital road infrastructure to contribute self-driving vehicle industry to obtain weather-proof technological and worldwide scalable solutions.
Each of the owners of the company (5 persons) is a leader in his/her business sector. The expertise consists of e.g., vehicle winter testing, self-driving, road infrastructure, road analysis, and road asset management. The team has been a kind of orchestrator for planning ADS and ITS related winter testing ecosystem and facilities in Finland.
Sensible 4 OY
Sensible 4 Oy (S4) is Finnish start-up focusing to SAE L4 automation for shared driverless vehicles. Company was founded in 2017 by four entrepreneurs with background in mobile robotics, vehicle technology and MaaS-business. The core people in the technology team are very early pioneers in mobile robotics (autonomous driving in outdoor conditions) with over 30 years’ experience. Now S4 team includes 80 experts.
S4 navigation and control system has been developed – from the very start – to operate in harsh Nordic conditions, where typical limitations are missing e.g. non-visible lane markings and snowfall or rain. Due to the unique background, the development during two operational years has been extremely fast. S4 software-powered vehicles have been driving hundreds of tests and piloting thousands of kilometers in southern Finland as well as in company’s winter test site in Lapland. Sensible 4 drives in fully mixed traffic routes during its pilots and currently the Sensible 4 Automated Vehicles are in pilot operation in Norway.
Konrad GmbH, operating under the brand name Konrad Technologies, is a global technology company that has been providing customers with turnkey solutions to support the development, testing, validation and mass production of electronic devices and sensors for the automotive and other industrial sectors for more than 25 years.
Konrad Technologies has grown continuously since it was founded in 1993. Currently, more than 280 employees work at 15 of its own locations worldwide. There are locations in Germany, Austria, Great Britain, USA, China, Korea and India. Furthermore, Konrad Technologies works closely with partners in Japan to support the OEMs there with test solutions.
In addition to the headquarters in Radolfzell on Lake Constance, there are further offices in Germany in Munich, Dresden, Reutlingen and Villingen-Schwenningen. The production and almost all hardware and software developments take place at the headquarters in Radolfzell, whereby, in addition to electronics development, a focus is on the development and manufacture of LiDAR and camera testing technology, which are combined in the field of optics. Optics development has its own clean room in order to be able to develop and manufacture high-precision optical instruments in a controlled environment. A mechanical construction group and its own turning shop with 4 CNC machines take care of the production of special parts for the system production. The Mechanics Group is supported by our sheet metal processing company in Villingen-Schwenningen, which produces the basic frames and housings for the systems and in which large production lines can also be assembled.
All developments in the field of high frequency technology, including radar developments, are concentrated at the Dresden location.
Konrad Development and our customers at the Reutlingen site have their own environmental laboratory for temperature and climate tests as a service provider.
Driven by innovation and customer requirements, Konrad Technologies offers complete system and service options with a global presence to support customers at locations around the world. Konrad Technologies has extensive experience in creating industrial test solutions for automotive environment sensors in a wide range of applications. These include systems for tests and object simulation on sensors for assisted and autonomous driving, in particular for LiDAR and radar sensors, as well as automotive cameras and ultrasonic sensors.
Research & Development
Ford Otosan is a major automotive OEM in Turkey, designing and producing light/medium commercial vehicles, passenger vehicles, heavy-duty trucks and diesel engines and transmissions for these automotive applications. Founded in 1959, Ford Otosan has the biggest R&D center of the Turkish automotive industry, with over 1,300 R&D engineers and 11.000 employees developing advanced technologies for global competition.
Ford Otosan accounts for almost 60% of Turkey’s commercial vehicle production and over 60% of commercial vehicle exports. Ford Otosan, with its production capacity of 455,000 commercial vehicles and 75,000 engines, is the biggest commercial vehicle production center of Ford in Europe.
F-Max tractor with Ecotorq engine, chosen as the International Truck of the Year 2019 in Europe is being marketed in Europe and different continents globally. Current annual production capacity is 15000 units. Ford Trucks wide product portfolio covers long haulage, construction and road trucks between 16 and 40 tons. Future plan is to increase the market shares in European market with high-end technologies such as electrification, autonomy, connectedness and calibration optimizations that pave the way for high-end safety, comfort, cleanliness and efficiency in heavy duty truck segment.
Ford Otosan’s role in the project is directly demonstrating the future CCAM technologies for their future truck line-up in real life logistic operations.
Canon Research Centre France
Research & Development
Created in 1990, Canon Research Centre France S.A.S. (Canon CRF) is the Research & Development Centre of the Canon Group in Europe and is part of Canon’s global R&D. CRF is located in Rennes-Atalante Technopole in Brittany, France. Canon CRF is developing innovations guided by the market and developing advanced technologies based on its high expertise in imaging, communication and artificial intelligence (AI). The new technologies are targeting current and future Canon products and services.
Canon CRF is a member of AFNOR, ETSI and the Wi-Fi Alliance, where it contributes in the fields of Video Coding, Wi-Fi, Video Streaming, File Formats, C-ITS and 5G, and submits proposals to International Standardization Bodies such as ISO MPEG, IEEE and 3GPP.
Through its innovative R&D, Canon CRF supports business activities of the Canon group, worldwide. Two Europe-based world leaders of Safety and Security network video solutions are affiliates of the Canon group: Milestone Systems (Denmark) and Axis Communication (Sweden).
Canon CRF is a member of the H2020 ECSEL JU project SECREDAS (Product Security for Cross Domain Reliable Dependable Automated Systems) with the introduction of C-ITS standard technologies such as Collective Perception Messages (CPM) on a surveillance sector server platform. Canon CRF’s C-ITS expertise covers video-based object detection and geolocalization (pedestrians, bicycles, cars, etc), deep learning, and ETSI C-ITS messaging.
Canon CRF is a member of ID4CAR, the French competitiveness cluster in mobility and automotive.
CRF will use highly efficient camera sensors from the Canon group (e.g. Axis) with advanced sensor data analysis for road traffic applications, targeting TRL 6-7.
ZF Friedrichshafen AG
Corporate Research & Development
ZF is a global technology company supplying systems for passenger cars, commercial vehicles and industrial technology, enabling the next generation of mobility. ZF allows vehicles to see, think and act. In the four technology domains of Vehicle Motion Control, Integrated Safety, Automated Driving, and Electric Mobility, ZF offers comprehensive product and software solutions for established vehicle manufacturers and newly emerging transport and mobility service providers. ZF electrifies a wide range of vehicle types. With its products, the company contributes to reducing emissions, protecting the climate and enhancing safe mobility.
In fiscal year 2020 ZF reported sales of €32.6 billion. The company employs more than 150,000 associates at approximately 270 locations in 42 countries.
accelopment Schweiz AG
accelopment Schweiz AG (accelCH) is a Swiss SME that assists research institutions and companies in EU project management and the dissemination and exploitation of project results. It is specialised in European research and innovation support initiatives, such as Horizon Europe and the SME focused Eurostars programme. accelCH’s multi-disciplinary and highly qualified staff has over 25 years of experience in EU and national funded projects in Health, Biochemistry, Energy, ICT, Materials and other areas.
Since its foundation in 2008, accelCH has collaborated with more than 1,000 organisations in Europe and beyond, starting with the 7th Framework Programme and continuing into Horizon 2020 and Horizon Europe. accelCH is ISO 9001 certified and internationally accredited by IQnet and members of the Swiss Association for Quality and Management Systems.
accelCH leads the work package on communication, dissemination, and exploitation. This includes the development of materials and content, monitoring and evaluating the implementation of dissemination and communication activities. Furthermore, accelCH supports Halmstad University in operational management in all aspects related to governance, administration, reporting, finances, contracts, and innovation management.
The University of Warwick
National Automotive Innovation Centre
WMG is an academic department at the University of Warwick and is the leading international role model for successful collaboration between academia and the public and private sectors, driving innovation in science, technology and engineering, to develop the brightest ideas and talent that will shape our future. Within the department, the Intelligent Vehicles Directorate leads research in the areas of Verification and Validation, Connectivity and Communications Technology, Connected and Automated Mobility Systems, Sensors, and Human Factors. The Directorate has an impressive list of facilities including the WMG 3xD Simulator for Intelligent Vehicles, The Communications and Sensors lab for 5G and perception sensors R&D, vehicle workshops, a large selection of test and measurement technologies from world-class technology leaders such as National Instruments, DSpace, Rohde & Schwarz and Spirent. The group also has access to automated vehicle technology platforms including two RDM Aurrigo low speed autonomous vehicles, The Catapult Open Innovation Vehicle Platform fitted with a drive-by-wire system, advanced sensor suite, communication and computing equipment.
The groups is an experienced partner in EU projects and is currently part of the high profile L3PILOT and HI-DRIVE projects. In addition to this the group has an extensive record of collaborations in CAM through Innovate UK funded programmes.