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Galileo applications

The Galileo satellite (Credit: ESA).
DLR’s Galileo Task Force has produced a draft study of Galileo’s potential transport applications. There are also plans to develop and utilise mobile phone and navigation services for the purposes of traffic control and traffic management and to support autonomous traffic flow control.

The following activities are planned:

  • Evaluation of the possibilities surrounding the development of new services, on the basis of different technologies (GSM, GPRS, UMTS, GPS, DAB, DVB-T and others), building on the results of the EU project MCP (Multimedia Car Platform), which defines an open architecture for future in-car services. The possibilities of the future GALILEO system will be incorporated into the work, closely coordinated with the corresponding work in the Space programme.
  • Development of new route and traffic planning services for public transport and private cars, such as route planning on a PDA, wireless transfer to in-car infrastructure; connection of PDAs to public transport information systems using Bluetooth and WLAN
  • Galileo satellites circle Earth
    (Credit: ESA)
    Use of satellites and high-altitude platforms to gather and distribute traffic information. Key aspects include the recording of floating car data, the transfer of this data to a traffic information centre and the distribution of local traffic information to road users. Issues specifically requiring clarification include multiple access protocols, error protection (coding) and data multicast
  • Development of new navigation processes through the inclusion and integration of terrestrial communication networks (e.g. Bluetooth and ad-hoc networks).

The following institutes are involved in these tasks:

  • Institute of Communications and Navigation
  • Institute of Traffic Management and Vehicle Control
  • Institute of Traffic Research

Created: 28/07/2005 11:20:00