On Tuesday, October 9, more complex testing was conducted to build upon the previous day’s baseline tests for the InterCor project. The day’s events were split into two half day testing’s. Specifically, Hybrid served In-Vehicle Signage (IVS) and Roadworks Warning (RWW) services were trialed by participants in the morning, to explore the utility of these functions through both ITS-G5 and cellular technology. The afternoon focused on cellular served interoperability to demonstrate the capacity of cross-border operability of the technology on the road network.
Morale was high as the sun shone over Buckmore Park and vehicles were prepared for deployment on the local Kent motorway network once again. The morning test drives, which focused on dynamic IVS, threw up some challenges for the teams, especially the Dutch who met with the UK Technical team to work on a solution.
After a much needed lunch break, the afternoon testing got underway. It included a scenario to test static IVS, which led to more successful connections for participants and captured data. Participants commented that the next step was to start analysing the differences between the ITS-G5 and cellular systems.
The afternoon also saw the interoperability test which incorporates a virtual border between two sections known as ‘country A’ and ‘country B’. The virtual border tests the cellular interoperability using IVS speed advice alongside a free text to indicate the change of service provider. The test demonstrated the effective use of C-ITS across borders and works towards achieving the aims of InterCor.
The day ended with a useful technical debrief of the teams and anticipation for tomorrow’s trip to the urban test sites in London.