Lina Konstantinopoulou Project Manager at ERTICO – ITS Europe gives an insight into the current status of the Cooperative Vehicle-Infrastructure Systems (CVIS) project and how it could be deployed in the future.
“We’re working together with the vehicle manufacturers roadside equipment manufacturers the government and the cities which own and operate the roads and users like motorists and truck drivers. All stakeholders need to be involved in Cooperative Systems” Lina Konstantinopoulou explains.
CVIS focuses on vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication. Each vehicle will be able to communicate the latest traffic information and safety warnings to road operators and other nearby vehicles connecting through a multi-channel terminal with a wide range of potential carriers including cellular networks (GPRS UMTS) mobile wireless local area networks (WLAN or Wi-Fi) short-range microwave beacons (DSRC) or infrared (IR). This will be based on the new international “CALM” standards.
The project covers urban inter-urban and freight and fleet applications including dynamic information services for drivers hazardous goods monitoring and emergency vehicle support. It will also assess costs acceptance usability and security issues for drivers operators and public authorities and will define roadmaps for deployment.
Safespot will share several test sites with CVIS and both projects will benefit from each other’s complementary functionality. While CVIS applications focus on optimising traffic flows through the planning and dynamic control of traffic to avoid congestion and minimise travel time Safespot aims to detect potential dangerous situations at junctions and to trigger actions that prevent accidents occurring.
Technology like this already exists in the US and Japan but most of these applications are currently stand alone systems. “We want to make them work as Cooperative Systems” Konstantinopoulou says.
CVIS user needs have been tested in several surveys – one which targeted 8000 motorists and a third one which is being conducted at the 16th ITS World Congress.
“I see three different deployment scenarios for CVIS” she concludes. “Either the government will push CVIS and Safespot due to safety and environmental concerns or through needs driven from commercial transportation or that CVIS is introduced through personal devices like GPS systems.”
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Original Publication Date: Tue 27 Jul 2010