First publishedin ITS International
Slippery roads are a Nordic Hazard.
ITS associations from three European countries shared ambitious plans for Cooperative ITS (C-ITS) during a presentation at Intertraffic.
Martin Russ from ITS Austria outlined his country’s deployment strategy targets for 2020. One is for C-ITS traffic information be available in real time on at least 10% of the network of the government-owned ASFINAG toll motorway operator. A second envisages an average 180-second window for nearby vehicles to be alerted to a detected traffic event; with roadworks warnings from mobile construction sites being transmitted within 30 seconds of setting up the site and activating the C-ITS unit. Russ also looked forward to there being “at least” five C-ITS providers in the country.
ITS Norway’s Trond Hovland highlighted roles for C-ITS in Nordic conditions, citing live tests with vehicles acting as early sensors of slippery road states and alerting following traffic at least 1km ahead of a danger spot – as well as alerting maintenance crews.
Finally, Roman Srp, network chair and executive director of ITS Czech Republic and Slovakia, introduced the first Czech C-ITS project, BaSIC. The project is testing systems for giving alerts of stationary and slow-moving vehicles, approaching emergency responders, traffic jams and roadworks. The country’s ambition, he said, was to become “one of the frontrunners in EU C-ITS activity”.
Countries boasting that legal autonomous vehicles will become a regular feature on their roads within the next few years are straying “far from the case”, ITS UK has told the UK Parliament.
In an informal briefing of the House of Commons (Lower House) Transport Select Committee, a high-profile delegation stressed the “numerous obstacles” standing in the path of achieving such claims.
Before being able to deploy autonomous vehicles together with conventional ones on any national road network, crucial issues such as standards, legality, safety, assurance and reliability need to be addressed. Although the UK autonomous vehicle industry has many “good stories to tell”, it also acknowledges the significant barriers that need to be overcome, the parliamentarians heard.
Cohda's safety application in action in Adelaide.
Developments in connected and automated vehicle technology were among highlights at ITS Australia’s business networking event in the South Australian capital of Adelaide.
Justin Passaportis, of GoGet CarShare updated members on the Australian Driverless Vehicle Initiative, which has its national centre of excellence based in the city.
Driverless vehicles, he said, would reduce the role of human error in road crashes, which cost the Australian economy AUS$27bn (US$20.5bn) a year, and levels of congestion, which costs it AU$30bn (US$23bn) a year.
Dr Paul Gray, chief executive of Adelaide-based Cohda Wireless, demonstrated its View V2X technology.
This can detect, for example, the risk of rear-end collisions between buses coming off the city’s O-bahn guided busway, onto mixed-traffic streets, and other buses already there - and warn drivers accordingly. The system also monitors following distances.
EU’s eCall helped on its way
ITS Belgium is playing a central role in helping prepare legislation, drawn up by the country’s Federal Ministries of Public Health and of Interior Affairs, that will see the EU’s automatic road incident emergency alert service, eCall, implemented into Belgian law.
The EU requires all new cars bought in Member States from April 2018 to be equipped with the system which will automatically dial for emergency aid after a collision. In preparation for drafting the new Belgian regulations the association set up a dedicated working group, leading a public consultation process to develop early policy documentation and organising systematic feedback on the proposed legislative content. It has also contributed to the accreditation and compliance process for the provision of eCall equipment and services, which it believes will make the new law operational earlier than might otherwise have been the case.
Trials have taken place at the Belgian eCall pilot site in the Greater Brussels area, using existing software and operational systems as far as possible.
Royal assent for the enabling law is expected in summer 2016.