PoDIUM is a new project under ERTICO’s Connected, Cooperative & Automated Mobility (CCAM) focus area. For the next 36 months, the 26 partners of the project will work together to achieve higher levels of automation in CCAM and foster the deployment of advanced CCAM systems and services. The project held its first kick-off meeting on 20-21 October in Athens.

PoDIUM (full name PDI connectivity and cooperation enablers building trust and sustainability for CCAM) will address the challenges in road automation and telecommunications linked with connectivity, cooperation, data management, interoperability and reliability to foster the development of advanced CCAM solutions. The project will identify and assess the connectivity and cooperation enablers and needs to reach higher levels of automation and advance key technologies in the sector. This will be achieved through demonstrations in real-life conditions of specific use cases in three Living Labs in Germany, Italy and Spain, in urban, highway and cross-border environments.

The project will result in the PoDIUM reference architecture, a flexible model that is applicable in various road environments based on the infrastructure equipment and which uses a multi-connectivity approach and an interoperable and hybrid data management environment. This will contribute to accelerating important technologies in the Physical and Digital Infrastructure (PDI) and creating new business ventures.

“We are very pleased to participate in PoDIUM, an ambitious project which is proposing key innovative technologies to advance CCAM towards higher levels of automation,” said ERTICO’s main lead for the project, Dr Nikolaos Tsampieris, Senior Manager of Innovation & Deployment.

Kick-off meeting in Athens

The whole consortium came together in Athens on 20-21 October for the kick-off meeting of the project. PoDIUM is coordinated by ICCS, and the consortium includes Bosch, Abertis Autopistas, Austriatech, Autostrada del Brennero, Stellantis-CRF (Centro Ricerche Fiat), ENIDE, ERTICO, ETRA, FSCOM, i2CAT, Applus IDIADA, inCITES Consulting, Fondazione LINKS, MILLA, NOKIA, Retevision I (Cellnex Group),Swarco Italia, Telecom Italia, Universität Duisburg-Essen, Universität ULM, VICOMTECH, Ajuntament de Barcelona, and Institut Municipal d’Informatica de Barcelona. This first meeting was an opportunity for all partners to discuss their involvement in the project and the first steps to be taken to ensure PoDIUM is off to a good start to increase automation and interoperability in CCAM.

Stay tuned to follow PoDIUM’s latest developments! The project’s website and social media channels will be launched soon.

PoDIUM has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon Europe Innovation Actions under grant agreement No. 101069547.