ART-Forum Project Meeting in Groningen
With 28 participants the partner meeting was very good attended. Many faces were new in the project, so it was important to consider the social component of the meeting. This was achieved above all in the selection of excellent venues by the host Daniel from the Province of Groningen. The partners presented their current status of activities and discussed about the contents.
The partners visited Hive.Mobility in Groningen, where a large number of organisations (governments, knowledge institutes and the business community) work together in the search for and development of smart and green solutions in the field of mobility for passenger and freight transport. Daniël and Janet Valdstra from the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen showed the partners, how they connect knowledge, expertise and initiatives the different participating parties, strengthen the position of the Northern Netherlands. At the 5Groningen Lab Peter Rake told the partners the possibility and experience of using 5G. 5Groningen tests 5G applications from various sectors, including commercial companies, knowledge institutes and social organizations. For example they organised a 5G Student Battle and engaged several pilots in the rural area.
In Conjunction with the project meeting, the partners visited the @North Festival in Assen. This was the first festival ever in the Netherlands specifically geared towards autonomous transportation. It concerns transport on the road, by rail, on the water, and by air. The ART-Forum partner Province of Groningen were beside Fryslan and Drenthe the organisers of this event. The Northern Netherlands area is the largest living lab in Europe when it comes to the development of autonomous transportation. Mobile Zeiten represented the ART-Forum project as exhibitor. For all partners was it a great possibility to discuss and inform about various challenges and case studies round about autonomous driving.