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What is CoEXist?

CoEXist is a European project (May 2017 – April 2020) which aims at preparing the transition phase during which automated and conventional vehicles will co-exist on cities’ roads.

Automation-ready road authorities

Thanks to a trans-disciplinary approach and the engagement of relevant stakeholders, CoEXist develops an AV-ready framework for road authorities and fosters technological development of traffic simulations tools.

By simulating automated vehicles in four European cities, with different urban structures and traffic compositions, CoEXist analyses the effects of automated vehicles on urban road infrastructure, especially in a context of “co-existence” between automated and conventional vehicles.

The results of the project will enable road authorities to understand in detail the impact of increasing numbers of automated vehicles and to plan accordingly.

CoEXist mission

The mission of CoEXist is to systematically increase the capacity of road authorities and other urban mobility stakeholders to get ready for the transition towards a shared road network with an increasing number of automated vehicles, using the same road network as conventional vehicles.

CoEXist aims at enabling mobility stakeholders to get “AV-ready” (Automated Vehicles-ready). To achieve its objective, CoEXist develops a specific framework and both microscopic and macroscopic traffic models that take the introduction of automated vehicles into account.

The tools developed in the framework of CoEXist are tested by road authorities in the four project cities: Helmond (NL), Milton Keynes (UK), Gothenburg (SE) and Stuttgart (DE) in order to assess the “AV-readiness” of their local-designed use cases.