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Workshop: Towards Autonomous Driving

Date: 29th February of 2024
Location: Automotive Campus 30, Helmond
Costs: Free (lunch included)


Technology for vehicle automation is evolving rapidly. Robotaxis are hitting the road in various cities around the globe and OEM offerings for level 3 ALKS systems become reality. Nevertheless, these systems are highly complex, and ensuring safety is challenging. Though the Netherlands has been a frontrunner in autonomous driving with the autonomous Parkshuttles in the Rotterdam Rivium area, coming to wider implementation and acceptance of autonomous driving in the Netherlands is still to come. We need to tackle related challenges.

Different perspectives

This workshop highlights the road towards autonomous driving in the Netherlands from different perspectives: The RDW will elaborate on the homologation perspective, considering that AI-based solutions are required to cope with challenging real-life traffic scenarios. Rijkswaterstaat will inform us from a road infrastructure and human factors perspective. VDL will highlight the OEM perspective for mixed-traffic and public-domain applications. HAN will present the SafeCLAI project, aiming for a reusable safety concept for low-speed autonomous vehicles.


12.30h Networking lunch
13.30h Welcome by Bram Hendrix, RAI Automotive Industry NL
13.45h Speaker Mark Vroegop, Unit Manager Innovation Expert team and Program Manager Innovation Knowledge agenda at RDW
14.15h Speaker Boris van Waterschoot, Senior Advisor Human Factors at Rijkswaterstaat
14:45h BREAK
15.00h Speakers Andries van den Heuvel, VDL Automated Vehicles, and Jeroen van der Werf, VDL ETS
15.30h Speaker Jan Benders, Program Manager Control Systems at HAN Automotive Research and project leader of the SafeCLAI project


This workshop is free of charge. Please, note that we will charge a no-show fee of €25,- excl. VAT in case you do not participate without leaving a message. Unsubscribing can be done by sending an e-mail to

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