About Connected & Automated Driving (CAD)
Highly automated vehicles are already operating on European roads and they are evolving fast. Every new generation of vehicle increases by an order of magnitude of computing power and the number of sensor data. Many of them are collecting a large amount of real life data that can be used to train deeper their machine learning algorithms. Building an infrastructure that will allow the generation and handling of this data is a challenging but strategic step.
ERTICO is paving the path for the convergence of C-ITS, cellular connectivity and automated vehicles along with the evolution of the road infrastructure. This area of work puts into perspective the activities of several ERTICO Innovation Platforms, namely the European Truck Platooning (ETPC), ADASIS, SENSORIS, TISA, TN-ITS and TM2.0 and has fed into European policy activities such as the C-ITS platform, the Roundtable on Connected and Automated Driving, STRIA and relevant European Commission consultation workshops and debates.
The ERTICO Partnership is the ideal eco-system to make a real contribution to the research, development and deployment of connected and automated driving. This is especially relevant when considering that full benefits will only be unlocked by following a multidisciplinary approach involving all relevant transport stakeholder sectors. This can be achieved by combining the vehicle, road authorities, municipalities, telecommunication and infrastructure industries, with a good balance between roles and responsibilities of the public and private bodies.
Our CAD roadmap for 2030
ERTICO’s roadmap for 2030 regarding Connected & Automated Driving is marked by essential milestones. Through the Innovation Platforms and projects run under this focus area, ERTICO is working to support the achievement of these milestones and the vision of connected automated mobility for people and goods.
Current objectives in the area of Connected & Automated Driving:
Foster interoperable, reliable and compliant connectivity for automation
This is done by supporting C-ITS standardisation and interoperability testing to ensure that devices comply with standards and are interoperable. Testing the concept of hybrid communications on public roads for CAD purposes is equally important, as is addressing issues of performance, quality and freshness related to essential CAD services e.g. GNSS, C-ITS, HD maps. ERTICO is investigating the applicability of IOT connectivity for connected and automated driving and increases the emphasis on interoperability of services at application level.
Assess impact of automated vehicle functions through large-scale pilots
ERTICO promotes common guidelines on pilot methodologies, data sharing and architecture implementation and encourages the creation of local CAD test beds or pre-deployment areas. We participate and support learning “by doing” in large-scale pilot activities on passenger cars, truck platoons and public transport, as well as conducting real road testing of essential CAD features such as connectivity.
Contribute to the developments of Big Data in transport to serve automation
ERTICO works to promote the “Digitalisation of transport” and “Big Data for transport” as enablers and drivers for the deployment of CAD technologies. We support the concept of data sharing while recognising the value and importance of commercial interests. We address in our work the emergence of horizontal technological trends in Internet of Things (IoT) and high-speed connectivity.