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  • Source: Press office University of Würzburg
Forschungsstelle RobotRecht

AdaptIVe - Automated Driving Applications and Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles


Cars that park themselves, or stay in lane, without the slightest human intervention: A new Europe-wide research network worked towards making it a reality. The Forschungsstelle RobotRecht investigated the legal consequences which would result therefrom.

That an autonomous car is no science fiction anymore is clear at least since september 2012. In the american state California the governor Jerry Brown signed a law that allowed testing of autonomous cars on public roads. Therefore he only delivered the legal framework for a project that hat been reality for a long time. Google had already tested autonomous vehicles on public roads for some years because it was just not regulated on in californian law.

When hackers hijack the car

What also is no future scenario anymore is hackers entering the on-board systems of passing cars and taking control over the vehicle. Scientists were able to implant a software in their experiments, that they developed, into an on-board system which was able to slow down the car or even worse turn off the break system. They were able to stop the engine, turn the lights on and off and next to a lot more use the windshield wiper.

The new research association

This was the framework in that the Europe-wide research project AdaptIVe was moving in. The abbreviation stands for Automated Driving Applications and Technologies for Intelligent Vehicles. 29 research facilities, supplier companies and producers of automobiles took part in the project, e.g. Universities of Würzburg, Leeds and Trient, companies like Volkswagen, Bosch, Daimler, Ford, Opel, Renault and Volvo. The goal was to develop new and integrated automatic functions that contribute to the safety of the traffic, as it is said in the description of the project. Mistakes made by human are to be minimalized by new technologies and the flow of the traffic has to be improved.

More information about the project can be found on the official project page: http://adaptive-ip.eu/