i-GAME Events

Preparation week – Live demo weekend – International Congress


i-GAME events

The Brainport Region in the Netherlands prepared itself for an international event in the field of cooperative driving: the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge 2016. This event was one of the highlights of the i-GAME project, a European research project supported by the European Commission. This project takes cooperative automation of vehicles to the next level and helps speeding-up implementation. The GCDC 2016 was followed by an international congress and master class at the Eindhoven University of Technology.

Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge – GCDC 2016



The GCDC 2016 is an innovative and competitive demo event held on the A270 highway between Helmond and Eindhoven, in which 10 European teams competed with each other. The challenge was a combination of vehicle automation (making it self-driving) and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicleto-infrastructure communication. The GCDC 2016 was organized to provide a basis for cooperative automated driving in an international context.

The Challenge 2016

The GCDC 2016 is the second edition of the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge. The first GCDC was held in May 2011 in Helmond, the Netherlands.

The challenge was open for anyone interested in cooperative driving. Teams integrating universities, research institutes and companies could bring their automated vehicle and put it up against the competitors in the GCDC 2016.

The results of the i-GAME research project were made available to the teams so that they could be demonstrated in May 2016 in the second GCDC on the A270 highway between Helmond and Eindhoven according to three scenarios. Apart from the communication technology itself, it was the application in the vehicles that was key to enabling good manoeuvrability through automated acceleration, braking and steering.

This means that automated lane-changing on motorways was possible in three developed scenarios:

  1. Vehicles that merge or join a line of vehicles, known as platoons.
  2. Automated crossing and exiting a junction.
  3. Automated space-making for emergency vehicles in a traffic jam. (This third scenario is a demo scenario that is not part of the competition).


Scenario 1
Scenario 2
Scenario 3


GCDC 2016 Public day - Saturday 28 May 

Saturday 28 May, the first demonstration day of the GCDC, was particularly aimed at the general public. Experts from TNO, Eindhoven University of Technology and ANWB informed the public to make them more aware of the benefits of cooperative driving. The GCDC 2016 coincided with the last day of the Dutch Technology Week. At the Automotive Campus everyone could see, feel and experience how promising and stimulating it was to contribute to technologies that change the world. Young and old could learn all about future mobility by means of futuristic vehicle demos and fun activities such as designing your own car, creating digital roadmaps or performing experiments on a Technobus.

Where: Automotive Campus 30, 5708 JZ Helmond
When: Saturday 28 May 2016, 11.00 - 19.00 hrs.
Entrance: Free

More information and registration go to: www.dutchtechnologyweek.nl

GCDC 2016 Mobility expert day - Sunday 29 May

Whereas the first GCDC demonstration day was focused on the general public as part of the Dutch Technology Week, the second GCDC demonstration day, Sunday 29 May, mainly focused on international and national mobility experts and press. A special programme had been compiled including a series of connected and automated driving demos, futuristic electric and solar vehicles, live GCDC demonstrations on the A270 highway and a tour around the Automotive Campus including visits to the Traffic Centre and Innovation Centre. The programme was rounded off with a network drink and an awards ceremony for the winning teams of the GCDC 2016.

Where: Automotive Campus 30, 5708 JZ Helmond
When: Sunday 29 May 2016, 13.30 - 17.30 hrs.
Entrance: Free



i-GAME Congress - Monday 30 May  

Also part of the i-GAME project was an international congress at the Eindhoven University of Technology for policy makers of national, regional and local authorities, the European Commission, representatives of research institutes, car manufacturers, suppliers of the automotive industry and solution vendors. The congress focused on presenting and disseminating the scientific and technological results of the i-GAME project, embedded in a comprehensive programme of adjoining topics such as safety and legal aspects, standardization and certifi cation challenges, effects of C-ITS and trade-off perspectives, public acceptance and involving end-users in the development and deployment of cooperative mobility.

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Where: Eindhoven University of Technology, Filmhouse De Zwarte Doos
When: Monday 30 May 2016, 09.30 - 17.30 hrs.

Programme i-GAME congress

Moderator: Carlo van de Weijer - Eindhoven University of Technology and TomTom

09.30 - 10.15 hrs. Opening plenary
Official welcome by moderator & short compilation film GCDC 2016 - Overview of the preparation week & demonstration weekend GCDC 2016

For cooperative systems we need cooperative humans - Connected and automated driving in view of the dutch presidency
National policy by Florien van der Windt - Project leader Automated Driving at the Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment

Future of Mobility in Brabant 
Regional policy by Gertjan Koolen - Programme manager Beter Benutten Plus at the Province of Noord-Brabant 

Ford’s view on driver assistance, cooperative driving and automated driving
Prof. Peter Zegelaar - Technical Expert Brake Controls at Ford Research Center

10.15 - 10.45 hrs. Connected Automation in a broader perspective - GCDC as enabler to upscale C-ITS technology

Presentation Leo Kusters- Managing Director Urbanisation at TNO

Presentation Maxime Flament - Head of Department - Connectivity and Automation at ERTICO

11.15 - 12.15 hrs. i-GAME project

Deliverables of the i-GAME project. The 4 consortium partners each explain their role in the i-GAME project, lessons-learned and outcomes of the different traffic scenarios.

Lessons learned Almie van Asten - TNO

Communication protocols Jacco van de Sluis - TNO

Merging scenarios Elham Semsar-Kazerooni - TNO

Crossing scenarios Alejandro Morales Medina - TU/e

Virtual tool Alex Voronov - Viktoria Swedish ICT

Safety Assesment Alvaro Arrue - Applus IDIADA

Compiled presentation i-GAME project

12.15 - 12.25 hrs. Team Perspectives on Cooperative Driving – film compilation
Short film in which the GCDC teams give team perspectives: new insights and knowledge gained, vision on the future of cooperative mobility and what is most vital in the acceleration of cooperative and automated driving.

12.25 - 12.35 hrs. Winning team inauguration
Podium for the winning team. Attendees will get an impression of the achievements of the winning team during the GCDC demo days.

12.35 - 13.30 hrs. Lunch and Team block: Meet & greet the teams

During the ‘walking lunch’, attendees will have the possibility to visit all teams in front of the Zwarte Doos Film house.

PARALLEL SESSIONS - Movie theatre film house

13.30 - 14.30 hrs. Safety and cyber security in cooperative driving

Norifuma Ogawa - Staff Manager Research Department at Mazda Motor Corporation

Yunpeng Zang - Senior Researcher at Ericsson

Andre Smulders - Senior Business Consultant Security at TNO

14.30 - 15.30 hrs. Certification of C-ITS and trade-off perspectives for C-ITS

Arjan van Vliet - Senior Advisor Corporate Strategy at RDW

Caspar de Jonge - Program Manager at Beter Benutten ITS & Smart Mobility at Ministry for Infrastructure and the Environment

Maurice Geraets - Senior Director New Business and Board Member at NXP

PARALLEL SESSIONS - Room 9 Auditiorium

Moderator: Alvaro Arrue - Applus IDIADA

13.30 - 14.30 hrs. Standardization challenges in cooperative driving

Laurens Lapré - Chairman roundtable Architecture & Interoperability, DITCM innovations and CGI

Igor Passchier - Senior Technical Specialist at Tass International

Panagiotis Lytrivis - Senior researcher Institute of Communication and Computer Systems

14.30 - 15.30 hrs. Legal aspects of cooperative driving

Wouter van Haaften- Senior Researcher DITCM Innovations and University of Amsterdam

Joost Sterenborg- Innovation Manager at TVM

Simon Hania- Vice President Privacy & Security at TomTom

PARALLEL SESSION - Room 1.04 Film house

16.00 - 16.45 hrs. Digital Infrastructure for connected and automated vehicles moderated by Maxime Flament- ERTICO

This session will provide insights of the current trends and initiatives in digital infrastructure for connected and automated vehicles in Europe and the rest of the world.

Frans de Rooij - Marketing Director TomTom Automotive

Alvaro Arrue - Applus IDIADA but speaking on behalf of the Regional Government of Catalonia

PARALLEL SESSION - Movie theatre film house

16.00 - 16.45 hrs. Public support and involving end users in the development and deployment of cooperative mobility
Interactive discussion on public support when it comes to cooperative driving and initiatives on how to include end users

Marieke Martens- Professor ITS & Human Factors at University of Twente and TNO + Chris Hottentot- Advisor Public Affairs at The Royal Dutch Touring Club ANWB


Master class on Cooperative Mobility - Tuesday 31 May  

On Tuesday 31 May, a half-day master class for students, young professionals and researchers was offered emphasizing the importance of student involvement in promotion innovation. The master class also covered topics like trends in automated driving, creating testbeds for cooperative mobility and deliverables and lessons learned in the i-GAME project.

Where: Eindhoven University of Technology, Filmhouse De Zwarte Doos
When: Tuesday 31 May 2016, 09.30 - 14.00 hrs.
Entrance: Free (including lunch) 

Moderator: Maurice Kwakkernaat - TNO

08.45 - 09.15 hrs.             Walk in of attendees

09.15 - 09.30 hrs.             Opening - 
Official welcome by moderator & short compilation film GCDC 2016 (overview of the preparation week and demonstration weekend GCDC 2016).

09.30 - 10.00 hrs.             Trends in Automated Driving, a new era of Mobility -  Hans Jeekel from Rijkswaterstaat

10.00 - 11.00 hrs.             i-GAME project - Deliverables i-GAME projectThe 4 consortium partners each explain their role in the i-GAME project, lessons-learned and steps for the future.

Lessons learned by Almie van Asten - TNO
Communication protocols by Jacco van de Sluis - TNO
Merging scenarios by Elham Semsar-Kazerooni - TNO
Crossing scenarios by Alejandro Morales Medina - TU/e
Virtual tool by Alex Voronov - Viktoria Swedish ICT
Safety Assesment by Alvaro Arrue - Applus IDIADA        

11.00 - 11.15 hrs.              Coffee Break

11.15 - 12.00 hrs.              Human Machine Interaction and creating public awareness; involving the end user by Jacques Terken from TU Eindhoven

12.00 - 12.45 hrs.             Creating test beds for cooperative mobility by Joëlle van den Broek from DITCM Innovations

12.45 - 13.00 hrs.             Wrap-up by moderator

13.00 - 14.00 hrs.             Network lunch