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PAC: Portugal AutoCluster for the Future
Date: 2020-2023

Smart cities, smart mobility, and smart energy


Research and Development under Contract


IT Engineering - Process, Data, Maturity, and Quality
Human-Technology Interaction, and Robotics
Urban and Mobile Computing


5G and 6G private networks
Information processing for industrial acoustics and alarmistic



The PAC project is a mobilization program strictly aligned with the action plan of the Mobinov Cluster – Cluster Automóvel de Portugal. This has a mobilizing and structuring nature that aims, through concrete research and development actions in critical and emerging areas for the sector, to effectively contribute to a new positioning of the national automotive cluster in the global value chains of the vehicle of the future.




The most recent trends in mobility, especially urban mobility, clearly point to a disruptive transformation of the automobile, with repercussions that extend across the entire value chain. In the first instance driven by the challenges of sustainable development and mobility, but at the same time strongly boosted by the widespread digital revolution that affects all traditional businesses and determines new forms of use. Indeed, the challenge of mobility occurs in a context of profound socioeconomic changes, with an impact on the entire industrial and service chain.


Develop a demonstrator vehicle, addressing the areas of vehicle architectures, interiors, structures and exteriors of the future, sensing and connectivity technologies, and flexible and digital production technologies.​​​​



The project is structured around six main R&D axes (Products, Processes, Services):

PPS1. New vehicle architectures of the future

PPS2. Interior development of the future

PPS3. Structures and exteriors of new vehicles

PPS4. New IoT connectivity challenges

PPS5.  Flexible and digital production

PPS6. ​Management, coordination and dissemination


CCG/ZGDV contributed to the PAC project, through the UMC, HTIR and EPMQ departments, for the development of new technologies, and their applicability, in the creation of the new urban vehicle concept of the future: connected, electric and autonomous.



  • Sensing and connectivity technologies, with V2X - Vehicle to Everything communication modules for integration into vehicle platforms that allow different types of communication to operate simultaneously between the various agents involved in other contexts and locations
  • New ways to test and evaluate user acceptability of new autonomous and connected vehicle concepts and new external human-machine interfaces (eHMI) that allow autonomous vehicles to communicate with unconnected agents, namely pedestrians
  • Planning, preparation, and validation of tests, implemented in a dynamic virtual reality simulation environment (CAVE), of an audiovisual communication interface, using dynamic image rendering and spatial audio via an HMD device and headphones