Faster and safer travel experience on the road to automation

SWARCO makes Smart Mobility tangible and helps to increase safety and efficiency of traffic.

Today, cooperation in research and innovation projects is the A&O to achieve decisive progress in the evolution of the communication between the infrastructure with vehicles and of vehicles with each other. EU or nationally funded projects like ConVeX (Connected Vehicle (V2X) of Tomorrow), CONCORDA (Connected Corridor for Driving Automation), SHOW (SHared automation Operating models for Worldwide adoption) or ICT4CART (ICT-Infrastructure for Connected and Automated Road Transport) see SWARCO involved together with project partners from Public Authorities, Telecommunications, IT, Automotive industry and the research and education sector.

These projects are aiming at creating the technical prerequisites, standardization patterns and test environments to ensure that infrastructure and vehicles can exchange information in real time in a safe and secure way. Roadside units collect data and transmit them via wireless dedicated short-range communication (ETSI ITS-G5 or C-V2X) directly to the on-board unit in the vehicle. Position data, speed and direction of cars are correlated with warnings of traffic jams or approaching road works or the specific topology of an intersection in order to provide to the driver hints on red light waiting time, speed recommendations for a green wave or enable the priority of the fire brigade or rescue service in case of emergency.

The Netherlands already has a good basic infrastructure and numerous test experiences for the Cooperative Systems. For Rijkswaterstaat, the Dutch Ministry of Transport and Water Management, the focus is not on identifying the best technology, but on the benefits for road users and their driving tasks.

As a specialist in transport infrastructure, SWARCO is supporting the infrastructure evolution towards automation, by providing the technological means both at central side and at road side, ensuring the integration with legacy and with the overall mobility management ecosystem, with the final aim of creating a safer and more efficient transportation environment for mobility carriers such as cars, buses or bicycles – and finally, travellers. The primary goal remains the prevention of accidents and thus the increase of traffic safety through Intelligent Transport Systems on the way to automated driving.