A world first demonstration of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS) will take place during next month’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne.
For the first time, multiple devices from multiple suppliers will come together to talk to live traffic signals on a major street in the heart of Melbourne, to showcase interoperability of V2V and V2X at live intersections.
Previous trials have included single or proprietary systems but the Melbourne demonstrations include technology from six different suppliers, each communicating with traffic signals operating on a live road.
World Congress demonstration partners – CO-GISTICS, Cohda Wireless, Kapsch, NXP, Q-Free and Robert Bosch Australia – came together in August 2016 from across the globe to work with Transport Certification Australia (TCA) – the Official Demonstrations Partner for this year’s Congress – to achieve this world first.
Chris Koniditsiotis, TCA, Chief Executive Officer, ITS Australia Board Member and Chair of the 2016 ITS World Congress Demonstrations and Exhibition Committee, said it’s rewarding to see the calibre of demonstrators involved in this year’s Congress and even more rewarding to see technology providers actively cooperating with each other to achieve cooperative outcomes.
“It’s this type of cooperation, which will be on display during the 2016 ITS World Congress in Melbourne, that will deliver the promised outcomes from connected and automated vehicles. It’s also a further showcase of how Australia’s ingenuity, in partnership with demonstrators from across the globe, delivers outcomes that lead the world,” he said.
State highways authority VicRoads has enabled this to occur by equipping seven sets of traffic signals to create a ‘Connected Urban Corridor’ along Clarendon Street, South Melbourne.
World Congress delegates will be the first to experience the interoperability of these technologies and their potential global application.
“These technologies have the potential to deliver a step change in road safety outcomes, ease congestion and reduce emissions. Australia is amongst world leaders in ITS and it is fitting that Melbourne, the world’s most liveable city, will host a world first demonstration in C-ITS,” ITS Australia CEO, Susan Harris said.
The open standards demonstration will showcase V2V and V2X technology designed to improve efficiency and safety. This will include traffic signal phasing technology to optimise traffic flow – based on V2I connectivity with vehicles for example providing driver alerts and communications about road conditions, low bridges, road works or accidents.
Demonstrations on public roads from the Congress venue, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre will showcase emergency vehicle alerts, mobile tolling and emergency vehicle pre-emption.
Delegates who attend the demonstrations at Albert Park, home of the Australian Grand Prix, can experience remote parking technology, highly automated vehicles, the latest in V2X communications, shared driverless transportation and state-of-the-art perception systems demonstrating real-time localisation.
The Cohda Wireless demonstration will take V2X to the next level showcasing GPSless positioning for V2X. In environments where GPS is challenging, Cohda Wireless’s technology enables vehicles to position themselves and transmit messages containing GPS coordinates – even if GPS signals are unavailable.
Melbourne Airport, Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre and Federation Square are just some of the locations where another world first, state of the art communications channel for transport agencies will demonstrate ubiquitous technology, transmitted to a delegate’s smart phone.
You’ll hear all about this and lots of other news and opinion from Melbourne by listening to Smart Highways editor Paul Hutton, who will be presenting the official daily podcasts from from the event as well as posting on the Smart Highways website. You can listen to the podcasts here, which feature interviews with organisers, exhibitors and speakers and are designed to be relevant to people who are in Melbourne and also those who can’t make it. These podcasts are possible thanks to the sponsorship of Cubic Transportation Systems, Mott MacDonald, PTV Group, Swarco, Jenoptik, Xerox, MVIS/Bartco and GTT Global Traffic Technologies. The last of the four preview podcasts will be posted on Monday 3rd October.