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Prof. Dr. Lutz Eckstein
Faculty / Institution:
Mechanical Engineering
Societal Challenges
Project duration:
01.07.2021 to 30.06.2025
EU contribution:
30.000.000 euros
  EU flag This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101006664.  


Addressing challenges toward the deployment of higher automation


EU-funded Hi-Drive will push automated driving further towards high automation. The goal is to make driving automation robust and reliable by taking intelligent vehicle technologies to conditions and scenarios neither extensively tested nor demonstrated earlier in European and overseas traffic. Hi-Drive addresses a number of key challenges which are currently hindering the progress of developments in vehicle automation. The project’s ambition is to considerably extend the operational design domain from the present situation, which frequently demands interventions from the human driver. With these aims, Hi-Drive associates a consortium of 41 European partners covering the main impact areas which affect users and the transport system, and enhance societal benefits. The project work includes outreach activities on business innovation and standardisation.


  • Volkswagen Aktiengesellschaft, Germany (Coordinator)
  • Bayerische Motoren Werke AG, Germany
  • Centro Ricerche Fiat SCpA, Italy
  • Ford-Werke GmbH, Germany
  • Honda R&D Europe (Deutschland) GmbH, Germany
  • Hyundai Motor Europe Technical Center GmbH, Germany
  • PSA Automobiles SA, France
  • Renault SAS, France
  • SEAT S.A., Spain
  • Toyota Motor Europe NV, Belgium
  • Volvo Personvagnar AB, Sweden
  • Volvo Technology AB, Sweden
  • Zenseact AB, Sweden
  • Aptiv Services Deutschland GmbH, Germany
  • Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany
  • FEV Europe GmbH, Germany
  • NNG Szoftverfejleszto Es Kereskedelmi KFT, Hungary
  • PTV Planung Transport Verkehr AG, Germany
  • Valeo Vision SAS, France
  • Automotive Artificial Intelligence (AAI) GmbH, Germany
  • International Road Federation, Switzerland
  • Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile, France
  • TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH, Germany
  • Bundesanstalt für Strassenwesen, Germany
  • Fundación para la Promoción de la Innovación, Investigación y Desarrollo Tecnológico en la Industria de Automoción de Galicia, Spain
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt e.V., Germany
  • Samfunns-Og Naeringslivsforskining AS, Norway
  • Nederlandse Organisatie voor Toegepast Natuurwetenschappelijk Onderzoek TNO, Netherlands
  • Institut VEDECOM, France
  • Teknologian Tutkimuskeskus Vtt Oy, Finland
  • Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Greece
  • University of Leeds, United Kingdom
  • Chalmers Tekniska Hoegskola AB, Sweden
  • Technische Universiteit Delft, Netherlands
  • Università degli Studi di Genova, Italy
  • The University of Warwick, United Kingdom
  • WIWV Würzburger Institut für Verkehrswissenschaften GmbH, Germany
  • European Center for Information and Communication Technologies GmbH, Germany