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Dutch King gets a taste of automated driving

12 Jun 2015

In the company of Dutch Minister of Infrastructure and Environment, Melanie Schultz, His Majesty the King paid a working visit to the Automotive Campus in Helmond. Theme: ‘Getting innovative with mobility’. During the visit TNO gave the King the opportunity to experience automatic and cooperative driving. During the drive the King was told about the system that makes cooperative and automated driving possible and the goal of the Programme.

TNO has incorporated its automated driving activities within the Automated Driving Programme that boosts the synergy between existing projects in this area and aligns new projects with each other so that the introduction of automated driving can be accelerated. Both technical and non-technical aspects come under review and the focus lies on four application domains: private passenger transport, commercial transport, public transport and transport at logistics mainports.

The nature of the projects in the programme is varied: national and international, in consortia and one-on-one, (part) subsidised and commercial. The underlying goal of these activities is threefold:

  • To reduce the number of traffic accidents.
  • To improve traffic flow and thus reduce the number of vehicle hours lost through traffic jams.
  • To cut fuel consumption  and emissions.
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