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The European Research Project L3Pilot for autonomous drive systems has been launched this week, led by the Volkswagen Group.

As part of the four-year program, the L3Pilot initiative includes a total of 13 vehicle manufacturers, suppliers, research institutes and universities, operating 100 vehicles with 1000 drivers to test automated driving technologies for both Level 3 and Level 4 standards.

Some of the technologies being tested include automated parking, overtaking, and driving in “complex city traffic”.

Partnering automotive manufacturers include the BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford, Honda R&D Europe, Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Opel, PSA Group, Toyota Motor Europe and Volvo.

“We are confident that the research initiative L3Pilot will create a broadly based and comprehensive platform for realisation of mobility in the future,” said Aria Etemad, Volkswagen Group Research project coordinator.

“The strong integration of the entire European automobile industry and the scientific  support by experts in the areas of mobility and automated vehicles will drive this initiative forward and make it successful.”

Above: Volkswagen Sedric

For the project, the European Commission will contribute 36 million euros ($53.6 million), making it the largest EU-sponsored initiative of its kind.

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