To bolster the deployment of CCAM services in Europe, PoDIUM will demonstrate five use cases in three Living Labs, focusing on specific PDI (Physical and Digital Infrastructure) technologies to ensure their interoperability in various contexts. In the German Living Lab, located in Ulm-Lehr, the project partners will work on managing complex traffic situations at an intersection.

The PoDIUM German Living Lab is located in the suburban district of Ulm in Baden-Württemberg and comprises a main road and a side road connected by a complex T-junction where the two roads merge. The infrastructure at the junction consists of various communication technologies, edge computing capabilities, and sensors on lamp posts. The use case demonstrated there, ‘Cooperative Corridor Management in the City of Ulm’, will examine different communication methods to enhance safety and efficiency in similar challenging traffic situations, including 5G mobile networks, ITS-G5, and 60GHz WiFi to ensure seamless information flow.

The use case considers two main scenarios. The first scenario involves two Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs), coming from opposite directions, which need to synchronise their movements to navigate an obstacle in a single lane. First, data will be collected solely from the CAVs, and then with additional information sent by the infrastructure sensors. In the second scenario, a level of complexity is added by introducing a cyclist connected via a smartphone, who also needs to pass the obstacle. The partners will use data collected from the users and the infrastructure in this scenario.

Ultimately, the German Living Lab will demonstrate how CCAM technology can improve the safety of traffic situations when a single lane needs to be shared safely to pass an obstacle. The PoDIUM partners will explore technical aspects like reliable and redundant communication, data truthfulness, and optimal communication methods to determine whether information from connected vehicles alone is sufficient to ensure seamless and reliable corridor management.

“Following the specification of the PoDIUM high-level platform architecture, it is now exciting to see PoDIUM entering the demonstration phase of advanced use cases to support the integration of automated vehicles in the overall transport system and offer improved CCAM services,” says Dr Nikolaos Tsampieris, Senior Manager and ERTICO lead in the project.

Read more about the Living Lab on the PoDIUM website.