Stellantis will present during the ITS World Congress in Hamburg (11-15 October) the results of the tests carried out within the European project L3Pilot, in order to study and collect data on the use of level 3 autonomous driving. Participation in the four-year project was essential for the acquisition and validation of automated driving data, a crucial technology for future mobility according to the majority of homes automotive.
In order to test and evaluate the autonomous driving functions, Sixteen Stellantis prototypes were used. In total, the project involved 70 cars equipped with automated driving functions in 14 pilot sites and seven countries; brought 750 professional drivers, skilled in SAE Level 3 functions, to the roads, both as drivers and passengers; it traveled 400,000 km on motorways, half of which in automated mode and half traveled as a reference for control analysis. To these are added another 24,000 km traveled in urban scenarios, of which 22,200 km using autonomous driving.
At SAE level 3 the driver does not need to constantly monitor the driving situation, but must regain control when the system requires it. The pilot phase addressed a wide range of driving situations, including parking, freeway overtaking, crossing urban intersections and close-range scenarios. This phase tested level 3 automated driving functions such as: high speed driving, lane change and automatic overtaking; driving at low speed on congested roads; parallel and comb parking scenarios; the memory of the path of repetitive maneuvers to enter and exit the parking areas.
Building on the achievements of L3Pilot, Stellantis will continue to contribute to the large-scale development of the technology with the next project co-funded by the European Union: Hi-Drive. Over the next four years (2021-2025), Hi-Drive will address a number of key challenges for the widespread use of more advanced levels of automated driving.