The interACT Stakeholder Forum aims to engage companies and interested parties outside the consortium in the exchange of information, experience, and best practices with the project partners. The Stakeholder Forum members have the opportunity to provide requirements or feedback to the project, and will be regularly informed about interACT news and progress. In addition, the Stakeholder Forum has been established to generate active interest and motivate all relevant stakeholders to contribute to the interACT work and ongoing discussions. If you are interested to join the group please contact the project coordinator: Anna.Schieben@dlr.de
In addition to the interACT Stakeholder Forum, strong liaisons are established between the interACT consortium and other EU and nationally funded projects, such as L3Pilot, BRAVE, TrustVehicle, AutoMATE, @City and InMotion . Highlights of these liaison activities in the last months were the organization of a second, common session at the European ITS Congress in The Netherlands (https://2019.itsineurope.com/). In addition, continuous exchange meetings of the project coordinators and partners are taking place. Further, the project is collaborating closely with Japanese partners. Researchers from ITS Leeds and TU Delft visited each other and ran similar VR studies in Europe and Japan. interACT is also very active in the education of students from different universities in Europe and supports the training of students in research on automated vehicle. Many students from different European countries and Japan already conducted their research work in close cooperation with the interACT partners at ITS Leeds, TUM and DLR till now.
Twinning with US partners
Under the twinning activities of the EU and the United States Department of Transportation (US DOT), the US project “AV Intent – Automated Vehicle Communication and Intent with Shared Road Users” was selected as partner project for interACT. This project is sponsored by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). The contractor is the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI), working with Westat as subcontractor in a lead technical role. In summer 2019 the twinning activity the AV Intent project came to its end and the twinning activity was successfully completed. Both projects strongly benefited from exchange of research knowledge and results on human-human interaction strategies for AVs. Two face-to-face meetings took place in 2018 and 2019 that allowed us to discuss current results and methods intensively. In addition, the approach of the US project AVintent was presented in a common session at the ITS WC (https://itsworldcongress2019.com/) and a common research publication on observation and evaluation methodologies at the HCI conference 2019 (http://2019.hci.international/). A summary of the positive twinning experiences given by our coordinator Anna Schieben during the ETNA workshop can be read here.