PoDIUM will demonstrate two use cases in its Living Lab in Italy to showcase how reliable data can improve the safety of Connected, Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) services at intersections and in tunnels. The demonstrations will help advance key PDI (Physical and Digital Infrastructure) technologies and contribute to the effective exchange of information between vehicles and the infrastructure to achieve safer and more reliable CCAM services in Europe.

The first use case, ‘Trusted Cooperative Perception for Intersection Manoeuvre Assistance’, will be demonstrated in Turin and will target the protection of vulnerable road users at crossroads. The main objective is to showcase that the digital infrastructure can provide the necessary data to autonomous vehicles to enable efficient traffic flows at intersections while protecting vulnerable road users. A smart redundant approach and authentication software will be used to ensure highly reliable data. In addition, a digital twin will be deployed to efficiently manage traffic across multiple lanes and directions, using information from vehicle sensors and traffic lights to assist autonomous vehicles and connected vulnerable road users at intersections. By promoting safer interactions between connected road users at intersections, this use case aims to assess the impact of digital twins on CCAM services, highlighting the use of reliable data to provide security alerts in case of incidents.

In the second use case, ‘Risk Management in a Highway Tunnel’, the focus will be on managing risks in a highway tunnel near Trento on the A22 highway. Efficient cooperation between vehicles and infrastructure will be demonstrated to improve emergency management and safety monitoring in highway tunnels. In locations where satellite signals are inaccessible, innovative localisation techniques will be employed to precisely locate vehicles within the tunnel. Camera sensors connected to network edge servers will be used to detect the number of vehicles inside the tunnel and to provide real-time risk assessments to incoming vehicles, as well as warnings and manoeuvring recommendations. This use case will ensure the continuity of CCAM services inside tunnels by centralising and improving information processing on critical highway segments.

“The use cases in the Italian Living Lab will not only enhance safety at intersections and in tunnels but also pave the way for the integration of autonomous vehicles into urban traffic, fostering a safer and more efficient transportation ecosystem,” comments Dr Nikolaos Tsampieris, Senior Manager and ERTICO lead in the project.

Find out more on the PoDIUM website.