Final project workshop reveals key results

On Friday 16 July the project team presented the key results from the project, including a driver curriculum, driver learning programmes and a driver career pathway.

Opening the workshop, James highlighted some of the issues that drivers and transport companies face in the coming years, including the current driver shortage and what it means for the acceleration of vehicle autonomy, the situation in terms of technology testing and the important issues of vehicle procurement and the ownership model, mixed driving conditions (manual and fully autonmous in the same shift), different regulation and infrastracture development and priorities of policy makers and law enforcement agencies.

Dimitris Tzanis, from project partner CERTH HIT, provided a development summary for the driver curriculum, which offers insight into learning outcomes, methodology and subject criteria necessary for the evolution of professional drivers in terms of level 4 /5 autonomy.

Guest presenter Zeljko Jeftic gave an update of the activities that Ertico have been involved with regarding CAV, including the various projects that are taking place around the world which proves that despite the focus shifting towards the greening of transport there is still plenty of work underway to realise vehicle autonomy in a real world context.

Moving back to the project, Hanna Enim from project partner Dekra SE presented a summary of the learning programmes created for instructional designers and training developers. The bus worker course suggests that the worker is in with customers and must perform a variety of tasks based on safety, security and customer service. The truck worker course suggests that the worker remains in the cab and takes control during the first and last parts of the journey, and is responsible for some of the tasks that are currently done within a transport office.

Our second guest presenter was Professor Nick Reed of Reed Mobility. Nick focused on the tricky ethical questions that are raised by fully autonomous vehicles, and explained the results from his participation as part of an expert panel advising the EU on CAV development. Nick also provided examples and scenarios that were both thought-provoking and insightful.

Our final presenter was Emilie De Miguel of project partner, AFT DEV. Emilie demonstrated the development work of the career pathway, which aims to present the options for horizontal and vertical career progression for workers in and out of the industry. The pathway is a useful visual reference and includes essential data for workers to review ahead of any career shift.

Wrapping up the workshop, James reinforced the need for employers to act now to prevent problems in the near future. Basic, technical and social skills that can be incorporated into current training programmes will be the key to success. y

You can view the workshop recording below;

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