European effort to demonstrate safe automated driving

Automated vehicles are predicted be able to provide both safer and more sustainable transport on European roads. The research project HEADSTART will develop test methods to demonstrate that the functions used in automated driving are sufficiently secure.

Security is a basic prerequisite for automated driving and research is needed to solve complex issues. The HEADSTART (Harmonised European Solutions for Testing Automated Road Transport) project aims at the functions related to positioning, communication between vehicles and cybersecurity. For the automated functions to be safe enough, all these three characteristics must be reliable.

The project is a collaboration between partners from nine European countries and will last for three years, 2019 – 2021. The Swedish participants Chalmers University of Technology, RISE, AstaZero, Volvo Group and Veoneer gather within SAFER, Vehicle and Traffic Safety Centre at Chalmers.

The HEADSTART project strengthens the SAFER project portfolio for research in automated driving. Research becomes important for the continued work to contribute to a safe and sustainable transport system where future automated vehicles will have a key role, says Magnus Granström, SAFER’s director.

The project will compile existing test methods and tools, while taking into consideration the views of authorities, vehicle manufacturers and other stakeholders throughout Europe. The goal is to achieve coherence around four test cases.

The Swedish partners are researching, among other things, the requirements that can be imposed on automated vehicles in different scenarios, and how this is linked to the technical requirements of vehicle equipment. In conclusion, the SAFER partners will conduct a demonstration of how the safety of this technology can be adequately evaluated. This demonstration will take place at AstaZero.

The research is funded by EU’s Horizon 2020 by EUR 6 million. Visit the project website at

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