The First Review Meeting for the AWARD H2020 project took place in Brussels, on the 6th of September 2022 and was hosted by IRU, the world road transport (non-profit) organisation based in Geneva, one of the project partners in AWARD. The AWARD team met for the 1st time face-to-face to discuss the so far project achievements.
Before the 1st review meeting, the team met on the 5th of September 2022, to discuss, prepare and fine-tune the presentations. The team was welcomed by Raluca Marian the Director of EU Advocacy and General Delegate of the Permanent Delegation to the EU at IRU, one of the project partners in AWARD H2020. Both days the 5th and the 6th of September were led by the project coordinators Easy Mile. The 1st review meeting resulted in useful takeaways given by the reviewers: Andrea De Candido, Paola Chiarini and Sergio Escriba from European Commission. As the only EU flagship funded project running in the Avs for the freight logistic, with a strong impact on the overall transportation system from water, air and land our team will put a strong focus on making the project outcomes reusable and easily applicable to other projects of the same sector. Thus, when we look at the impact in terms of the project outcomes, we will put effort into not only the scientific objectives but also the frame of the bigger picture so that the results will further develop.
During the review meeting the team covered topics such as Project Management and coordination, Ethics requirements, Identification of end-users needs and requirements, Design and development of autonomous driving technologies for harsh weather conditions, Fleet management, teleoperation and logistics operation, Autonomous driving demonstrations in real logistics operation, Testing methodology and evaluation, Economic viability, the definition of new business models and regulatory frameworks, and Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation.
The following AWARD team members were present during the meeting in Brussels: Anne Larribe, Florian Enaud, Magali Cottevieille, Alexandre Troale from EasyMile; Clara Pawlak from ABSISKEY, Ted Zotos, Victoire Couëlle from IRU; Peter Fröhlich from AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH; Loha Hashimy, Vesna Boskovic from ENIDE; Rebecca Ronke from AppliedAutonomy; @Sami Koskinen from VTT; Maxim Arbitmann from Continental; Mads Skovsgaard Rasmussen from DFDS.
The main objective of the AWARD #Horizon2020 project is to pave the way for the roll-out of driverless transportation in a wide variety of applications, whatever the weather conditions are. This will be demonstrated by running a range of real-world hub-type missions each with one or more autonomous driving fitted vehicles. The knowledge gained from these operations is designed to validate that the solution functions, scales and adds value for hub operators or fleets. AWARD will be a key step for a fully integrated freight management system.