EUREKA Cluster projects
EUREKA's cluster projects set a practical framework for co-operation, managed entirely by industry itself. They are longer-term, strategically significant projects, aimed at developing generic technologies of key importance for enhancing European competitiveness. Deliberately flexible so that they can respond to rapid advances in global technology and changes in market demands, they typically begin with a set of objectives, which are filled in over the ensuing years with scores of individually defined and funded sub-projects involving hundreds of different participants. The past year has been a productive one for EUREKA's
E! 2023 ITEA, one of Europe's principal collaborative R&D programmes focusing on software-intensive systems for the telecoms, automotive and consumer electronics sectors, is approaching the halfway stage of its eight-year duration. The ITEA Rainbow Book and the ITEA Technology Roadmap on Software Intensive Systems have been acclaimed for their strategic vision of the technological developments European manufacturers must bring about in the next few years to keep competitive. Projects are currently under consideration for the fifth call for projects - ITEA's first four calls attracted a total of 36 projects, with more than 245 partners from 18 countries taking part.
A sub-project of the ITEA cluster (E! 2023), has been attracting considerable attention this year, first in Hanover at CeBIT, the world's biggest IT and telecommunications trade fair, and most recently at the Ministerial Conference. With 80% of a car's functions operated by software-driven 'smart' devices and more on the way, this timely project brings together 20 partners from the car manufacturing industry, suppliers and universities to develop integrated, electronically controlled functions in vehicles in common pursuit of a safer, accident-free future.