The conference consists of a series of plenary sessions complemented by several thematic breakout discussions as well as a virtual exhibition available throughout the event

The first two days of the programme are primarily policy-oriented while the third day is fully dedicated to break-out sessions discussing specific R&I challenges. All break-out sessions feature interactive panel discussions on specific R&I questions, combined with active audience participation.

The virtual exhibition features R&I projects active in the field of automated mobility, including their presentation, documentation and contact information. The exhibition could also feature virtual demonstrations by some large-scale pilot projects.

Tuesday 20 April 2021

10:30 – 11:00 Opening session

With the European Green Deal and the Sustainable and Smart Mobility Strategy, the European Commission is looking to deliver smart, innovative, sustainable and affordable mobility solutions for the near future. Deployment of Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) is a key element of this strategy and it is the ambition of the European Commission to make Europe a world leader in this field. Commissioners Gabriel and Vălean will explain how the new Partnership and its activities will contribute to achieve the EU’s political priorities and address Europe’s most pressing challenges through coordinated research and innovation actions.

11:00 – 12:00 Plenary 1: A CCAM Partnership for Europe

The European Commission proposes a new European partnership for Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) in Horizon Europe. The objective of this session is to present the vision and objectives of the new European Partnership on CCAM and to discuss the expectations towards the new Partnership from different perspectives: industry, road authorities, cities and the European Commission.

12:00 – 13:00 Break
13:00 – 14:00 Plenary 2: Automated Road Transport: From Horizon 2020 to Horizon Europe

Horizon 2020 funded projects have resulted in significant research actions aiming to advance key technologies for innovative connected and automated driving functions and applications, particularly through demonstrations and pilot tests that explore the performance, safety and user acceptance of these systems. Panellists will provide an overview of the achievements of CCAM-related Horizon 2020 calls and projects and discuss how to best integrate their results and lessons learned to the R&I priorities under Horizon Europe and how synergies can be further exploited in the new framework programme.

14:00 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 15:30 Plenary 3: Building trustworthy CCAM together

CCAM solutions will have to reflect the needs and expectations of future users in ever-changing mobility landscapes. Only then will society be able to trust, accept and embrace these innovative services. Panellists will discuss how trust can be nurtured from inception to use by involving citizens, cities and future users in a co-creation process to support the deployment of inclusive, shared, human-centric mobility solutions.

Wednesday 21 April 2021

11:00 – 12:00 Plenary 4: How to make CCAM work?

To make CCAM work everywhere and under all conditions, the maturity and deployment readiness needs to be increased while finding ways to safeguard safety and societal benefits. This is a multidisciplinary and multi-stakeholder challenge where various partners can contribute in complimentary ways. In this session, panellists will discuss how to cope with increased complexity, higher operational speeds, larger fleets and how to sufficiently prepare CCAM for market take-up from their perspective.

12:00 – 13:00 Break
13:00 – 14:00 Plenary 5: Invested in CCAM

Public and private stakeholders from local, regional, national and international arenas involved in developing CCAM systems and services need to share and foster a common vision in order to roll out innovative and resilient mobility services that are tailored to the needs of future users. Collectively, they need to define a coherent deployment plan at the appropriate geographical level, analyse and agree on necessary investments in infrastructure, equipment, and required financial and human resources, and define the relevant business models that can attract the right actors for the long-term.

14:00 – 14:30 Break
14:30 – 16:00 Plenary 6: CCAM around the world

International cooperation is key to getting CCAM on roads around the world. Global standards, joint approaches, exchanging knowledge, experience and best practices can contribute to this. The objective of this session is to learn about new policies and research activities of different regions of the world to support the development and deployment of CCAM and to discuss main benefits and future priorities for International Cooperation.

Thursday 22 April 2021

09:00 – 10:30 Break-out sessions
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    BO1: Large-scale demonstrations: What is the next level?

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    BO2: Managing traffic in a CCAM ecosystem: how to do it efficiently and safely?

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    BO3: After the Corona pandemic: new perspectives for CCAM and Quality of Life?

10:30 – 11:00 Break
11:00 – 12:30 Break-out sessions
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    BO4: Key Vehicle Technologies for CCAM: Is the level of maturity sufficient for high-level automation?

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    BO5: Infrastructure support: How can it extend the Operational Design Domain?

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    BO6: Ethics for CCAM: how can Responsible Research and Innovation answer to ethical challenges?

12:30 – 13:30 Break
13:30 – 15:00 Break-out sessions
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    BO7: Human Factors of remote control operation: what are the lessons learned and future challenges?

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    BO8: Standardisation and roadworthiness in CCAM: what are the achievements and next steps?

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    BO9: Accessible & Meaningful: what does it take to make CCAM the citizen’s given choice?

15:00 – 15:30 Break
15:30 – 17:00 Break-out sessions
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    BO10: Boosting CCAM with AI: how to ensure effectiveness and acceptability?

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    BO11: Scenarios for validation: what data sources do we need?

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    B012: Green Deal: How will CCAM contribute to reducing environmental impact?

17:05 – 17:50 Closing session

The EUCAD2021 closing session will reflect on the discussions and conclusions that took place across all plenary and breakout sessions. It will identify the next challenges and topics to be tackled across thematic areas and through multisector cooperation. The session will end with a keynote speech to officially close the conference.


Participants from the private and the public sectors

Representatives from the European Institutions

Representatives from the automotive and telecom industries


Road operators, public transport operators, regulators


Research centres and universities

Speakers from the US, Japan and other non-European countries