The Dutch Automated Vehicle Initiative develops high automated vehicles for research and demonstrations on public roads. The research tries to proof the safety and focusses on human factors in automated driving. DAVI implements automation technology in real cars that can be driven on existing roads in normal traffic. At the Innovation-Relay in Amsterdam minister Schulz Van Haegen made the first public ride in DAVI vehicles.

More information on the research can be found here.



The DAVI is unique because research is performed on:

  • Human interaction, trust and acceptance of automated vehicles
  • Communication between vehicles and not on one vehicle only
  • On individual vehicles as well as cooperative vehicles


Safe, sustainable and efficient

Automated vehicles can have many bennefits:

  • 50% reduction of congestion
  • 100% potential reduction of accidents (currently 90% of accidents can be attributed to driver errors)
  • Automated driving is expected to improve energy efficiency by approximately 20% through efficient and precise speed control
  • Enhanced different driving experience using the driving time for work or leisure



The Dutch vehicle approval authority RDW will assess the technology of automated driving to ensure the safety of on road testing. RDW will explore legalisation including type approval procedures for automated cars aligned with the applicable EU and ECE forums.


More information can be found in the white paper.