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ECA2030 Conference 2020 - Event Summary


On October 27th and 28th, this year’s ECA2030 conference – “Networking and Collaboration to Strengthen the ECA Ecosystem” was held online, organised by the coordination and support action COSMOS (COherent Support for MObility.E Strategy).

The conference served to bring together all stakeholders along the automotive/mobility value chain as well as non-technical stakeholders to exchange ideas and initiate collaborations that can accelerate the introduction of electric, connected and automated (ECA) mobility. Active communication between the electronic components and systems (ECS) community and the application side of the value chain is essential and the objective of the Mobility.E Lighthouse of the ECSEL JU, an inter-project and stakeholder collaboration platform that was core to the event. The stakeholder exchange served to prioritise research topics, to define concrete and joint R&D activities and to capture the requirements for future funding programmes.

After elucidating and discussing the perspectives and priorities of the European Commission (Bert de Clovenaer, ECSEL JU), the Mobility.E Lighthouse (Carolin Zachäus, VDI/VDE-IT) and results of one of the Lighthouse projects AutoDrive (Christian Thulfaut, Bosch) were presented. Following this, three of the urgent research priorities of the Mobility.E Lighthouse, Decarbonisation (Jean-Luc Di Paola-Galloni, Valeo), Validation (Georg List, AVL) and Connectivity (Maciej Muehleisen, Ericsson) were highlighted. The first day was rounded off by a vivid panel discussion on “Connecting European partnerships in the field of mobility” with panellist from the European Commission (Philippe Froissard, DG RTD; Claire Depré, DG MOVE and Bert de Colvenaer, ECSEL JU) and representatives from the relevant partnerships (Bert de Colvenaer, KDT; Stefan Deix, EUCAR for CCAM and Wolfgang Dettmann, Infineon for 2ZERO).

The second day of the ECA2030 conference was started off with the ECS/supply chain perspective (Anna Rossi, Faurecia) and the OEM perspective (Remi Bastien, Renault), followed by a panel discussion on the mobility SRIA chapter and the respective research priorities (Michael Paulweber, AVL; Patrick Pype, NXP; Jochen Langheim, STMicroelectronics; Gereon Meyer, VDI/VDE-IT) as well as a panel discussion on national research priorities with contributions from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (Michael Nikowitz), the Czech Ministry of Transport (Tereza Čížková) and the Dutch Ministry of Transport (Maarten Amelink).

A main focus of the second conference day was, further, the content-related discussion of urgent research topics and the corresponding prioritisation.

The following seven urgent research topics were expanded with technical R&D needs and rated with respect to their urgency:

   · Data availability and sharing (highest-rated subcategory: Real-time sharing)

   · De-carbonisation (CO2 footprint of mobility, infrastructure and V2X)

   · Intelligence on board (car brain) (Brain structure - architecture)

   · Connectivity (Connectivity continuum and redundancy)

   · Sensors and sensor fusion (Sensor fusion)

   · Infrastructure and services for smart personal mobility and logistics (Physical and digital infrastructure – edge computing)

   · Safety, security and validation (Validation of artificial intelligence – test cases, completeness, virtual vs. physical)

The results of the breakout session of the ECA2030 as well as new results of the COSMOS project and the Mobility.E Lighthouse will be updated frequently on the website. The presentations of the ECA2030 have been uploaded here. Furthermore, there are ongoing opportunities to actively participate in decision making processes. Therefore, we would like to highly encourage you to participate in the survey identifying urgent research priorities. This survey is now closed.

Furthermore, we invite you to different sessions and the virtual booth organised by the Mobility.E Lighthouse at the upcoming EFECS event on November 25th and 26th and the possibility to interactively shape the future research ecosystem for electric, connected and automated mobility.

November 26th:

11:30-13:00      SRIA/Lighthouse Workshop (Plenary)

15:30-17:00      Interactive Mobility.E Lighthouse Workshop

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