The Multi-cluster meeting gathered more than 100 participants in Brussels on 31 March. It gave CCAM members the much-awaited opportunity to reconnect after a long period of online meetings while actively engaging in the 7 CCAM Clusters’ work and reflections.
Philippe Froissard (European Commission, DG RTD) and Armin Gräter (CCAM Chairman) kicked off the event by highlighting the role of the CCAM Partnership and Clusters in approaching the future challenges in EU Road Transport Research and Innovation.
Aria Etemad (Volkswagen) presented the H2020-funded project called Hi-Drive, in which several CCAM members took part. Building on the results of L3Pilot, the project focuses on testing, demonstrating, and evaluating high automation functions in a large set of traffic environments.
Most of the day was devoted to taking stock of the CCAM Clusters’ first achievements and ongoing initiatives, as well as their contributions to defining the CCAM-related Horizon Europe Work Programmes. Attendees participated in break-out sessions where they discussed with Cluster Leaders on what should be developed further in the SRIA roadmap and Horizon Europe Work Programmes.
Ludger Rogge (European Commission, DG RTD) closed this very fruitful meeting by giving an update on Horizon Europe Work Programme 2023-2024 and by encouraging the CCAM Association to already focus on the next phases of the CCAM Partnership, especially with regards to large-scale demonstrations.