GCDC 2016 looks back on a successful event

Enthusiastic crowd at demonstrations of self-driving cars in Helmond

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Competition of cooperative and automated driving

During the weekend of 28 and 29 May 2016 the city of Helmond was the centre of an international event in the field of cooperative driving: the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge. The GCDC 2016 was one of the highlights of the i-GAME project, a European research project, supported by the European Commission, in which the next step towards the cooperative automation of vehicles are taken.

Ten student teams from six European countries competed for the most points for best performance in cooperative and autonomous driving. The competition - consisting of three different traffic scenarios - was held on the A270 highway between Helmond and Eindhoven. During the weekend the highway was closed off in order to test three different traffic scenarios. The three trials were all about testing the ability of the self-driving cars such as: merging two rows of vehicles up to one, automated crossing and turn at an intersection and automatically give way to an emergency vehicle.

The GCDC 2016 was also part of the Dutch Technology Week which attracted around 2.000 visitors on Saturday and another 120 mobility experts from all over the world on Sunday.