European grant for further development of WEpod autonomous vehicle

22 December 2016 by Webredactie Communication

On Wednesday 21 December, the Interreg Automated Transport EU grant application was awarded funding, enabling the WEpod project with its two autonomous vehicles, WURby and WElly, to continue for another three years. The Interreg grant application was a joint request by the Province of Gelderland and 27 partners in the Dutch-German border region, one of which is TU Delft. The WEpod project is to be expanded to the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia.

Cross border test drives

De testritten en doorontwikkeling van de software van de WEpods in FoodValley gaan door. De voertuigen blijven tussen Ede en Wageningen rijden. Daarnaast komen er grensoverschrijdende testritten. Op vliegveld Weeze gaat getest worden met mensen en pakketten én er komt een proef met autonoom rijdende trucks in konvooi. Belangrijke onderwerpen blijven de doorontwikkeling van de techniek en software, wet- en regelgeving en veiligheid. Kenmerkend voor het project blijft het delen van zowel de technische kennis als de kennis rond maatschappelijke vraagstukken die met zelfrijdend vervoer samenhangen.

Read more in the news item on the website WEpods.nl.

TU Delft and WEpods

Various TU Delft researchers are involved in this project. Pieter Jonker, Professor of Vision-based Robotics, will be continuing the research into the WEpods’ sensor system, together with Robot Care Systems. Riender Happee, Programme Manager Automotive, will be exploring man-machine interaction: the interaction between an autonomous vehicle and other traffic participants. For this he will collaborate with other researchers to examine various traffic scenarios, involving a range of – sometimes vulnerable – road users. He will also be studying the level of acceptance and the views on comfort of the users of an autonomous vehicle.

 

 

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