Intelligent Road Markings

SWARCO is a member of the SAFE STRIP Consortium. SAFE STRIP stands for SAFE and green Sensor Technologies for self-explaining and forgiving Road Interactive aPplications. SAFE STRIP is an EU-funded project.


The goal is to develop intelligent cost-effective road markings that support connected and autonomous driving by providing I2V / V2I (Infrastructure-to-Vehicle communication, and vice versa) and VMS / VSL communication.

SAFE STRIP's Objectives



Objective 1

To develop a novel micro/nano sensorial system – called SAFE STRIP – integrated in road pavement tapes/ markers; that will provide advanced safety functions to all road users at a fraction of the cost of current I2V/V2I nodes and roadside equipment (VMS, VDS, etc.).
   

Objective 2

To support predictive infrastructure maintenance, through dynamic road embedded sensors input.
   

Objective 3

To make road infrastructure (mainly for highways and interurban roads but also for city rings and selected rural roads) self-explanatory (through personalised info in own language and preferred format provided by the system to each driver/rider) and forgiving (through key I2V/V2I info provided to the cooperative system of the vehicle; such as dynamic speed limit and friction coefficient factor); for all vehicle types.


Objective 4

To extend this notion to parking depots, key intermodal nodes, such as railway crossings, harbour loading/uploading areas and logistic depots and – above all – work zone areas.


Objective 5

To reduce the infrastructure operational (including VMS/VSL info and toll collection functions), installation and maintenance costs by orders of magnitude, make it nearly energy autonomous and its modules fully recyclable.


Objective 6

To provide key info to C-ITS equipped and autonomous vehicles about road, weather and traffic conditions ahead, to support dynamic trajectory estimation and optimisation.


Objective 7

To support a wide range of added value services (through “pushed” info to the driver/rider) and facilitate the SAFE STRIP rapid market deployment and sustainability through efficient business models.


Objective 8

To evaluate the system in a controlled environment (test bed in Spain, in France and 2 closed test tracks in Italy) and real life conditions in 2 sites (highways in Greece and Italy) with 4 car and 3 PTW demonstrators, validate its performance, evaluate user interface and acceptance aspects and, finally, assess its impacts to safety, mobility, the environment and European industrial competitiveness.

Major Components



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 Sensors

Intelligent infrastructure strips with networking capabilities, operating with minimum maintenance in the harsh all weather conditions of a real road environment with partial energy autonomy.


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Application

C-ITS for ALL functionalities at low cost and with high reliability & extendibility.


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Operations

More pragmatic approach to the design of emerging and future communication technologies, mainly those destined for the road/vehicle interaction that may be deemed ubiquitous.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under Grant Agreement number 723211.