It could not have been that Turin was the Italian place where to carry out experiments for the autonomous car.
The city of the old car looks to the car of the future which, as evidenced by recent accidents including the cyclist hit by a driverless car in Arizona, still has a long road ahead of it.
But you can’t stay behind and Italy moves with a Memorandum of Understanding signed yesterday by the City of Turin and 14 industrial and research partners, starting with Fiat Chrysler, to experiment with autonomous driving systems in the capital of Piedmont.
The launch of the protocol, which will then have to enter its operational phase, is testing the autonomous level 3 cars, a type of vehicle that will presumably be on the market from 2020.
Connectivity and automation, the two drivers, with incremental steps destined to grow over time on the automation front, while advanced connectivity solutions are already partly on the market.
The participants in the driverless project
In addition to the project municipality are part of Fca Group, Gm Global Propulsion Systems, Anfia and Industrial Union, 5T, Polytechnic and University, Tim, Italdesign.
Among the important partners is also Open Fiber, a specialized company that participates in the experimentation on autonomous and connected driving, making available to Turin its ultra-broadband network infrastructure. The protocol comes shortly after the launch of the ministerial decree (Minister of Transport) that has opened the way to experimentation.
The opening of the understanding requires that the manufacturer of cars, universities or research bodies request authorization from the Ministry with the agreement of the city which will have the task of providing an equipped space.
The role of Fiat Chrysler is crucial in the project, and is already working on autonomous driving thanks to a collaboration with Google.
Through its subsidiary Waymo is implementing self-driving technologies on board the Chrysler Pacifica.
Fca is also involved in the European project L3 Pilot in the phase of experimentation on Dutch roads. The initiative, which involves a dozen European manufacturers, is coordinated by Volkswagen and includes tests of a hundred prototypes equipped with level 3 autonomous driving solutions and some top level functionality, where the driver does not actually intervene anymore.
In addition to the development of the technological theme, which is in itself very complex, the aim of these projects is also to address the challenge of the economic sustainability of these systems that will not be the only assets of high-end cars, also because there is the belief that the driverless