On September 13th, 2023, the AUGMENTED CCAM Innovation Action hosted its first Pan-European workshop “No-regret Investments in Physical, Digital, and Communication Infrastructure for CCAM”. This event was organized in partnership with LMT, The Latvian State Roads, and the Institute of Electronics and Computer Science

AUGMENTED CCAM, an EU-funded multinational project, involves 27 partners from 13 European countries and is led by FEHRL (Forum of European National Highway Research Laboratories), with technical management by CERTH (Centre for Research and Technology Hellas). The project began in September 2022 and is expected to continue until the end of 2025. Its mission is to enhance the readiness of PDI concepts for large-scale CCAM deployment across Europe.

Attendees had an opportunity to tour the Biķernieki racetrack test site in Riga. They learned about the site’s support for CCAM through presentations and demos of Latvian Cooperative, Connected, and Automated Vehicles (CCAV) prototypes.

The afternoon sessions included presentations and discussions on various topics related to CCAM. The workshop included keynote presentations from experts such as Martin Böhm (C-ROADS), Ioanna Fergadiotou (INLECOM), Lazaros Gkatzikis (ICCS), and Maria Gkemou (CERTH), who discussed the project’s CCAM initiatives and objectives.

During a roundtable discussion, key topics emerged – emphasizing the relevance of state-of-the-art physical infrastructure, which is essential not only for automated and connected vehicles but also for all road users. There was also a strong emphasis on the need for reliable and certified data dissemination in the digitalized transport network and the importance of involving stakeholders and decision-makers to create joint roadmaps. Ensuring the safety and equal mobility rights of all road users emerged as primary concerns moving forward.

Throughout the event, participants had the opportunity to exchange ideas, gain valuable insights, and contribute to discussions surrounding CCAM and related technologies. The event highlighted Latvia as a significant player in Europe’s 5G landscape and underscored the significance of international collaboration in the ongoing development of cooperative and automated mobility.