High precision positioning for cooperative-ITS
HIGHTS is a Europe-based research project supported by European Union under the funding scheme "Horizon 2020". Our theme is "Smart, Green and Integrated Transport" and our focus area is Cooperative ITS. The goal of the HIGHTS project is to achieve high precision positioning system with the accuracy of 25 cm.
Cooperative intelligent transport system applications rely on knowledge of the geographical positions of vehicles. Unfortunately, satellite-based positioning systems (e.g., GPS and Galileo) are unable to provide sufficiently accurate position information for many important applications and in certain challenging but common environments (e.g., urban canyons and tunnels).
In addition, safety is a huge challenge for today’s road scenario and it will be even more challenging in the future, with the progressive introduction of highly automated driving (HAD) applications such as cooperative-ACC or vulnerable road users (VRUs).
This project addressed these problems by combining traditional satellite systems with an innovative use of on-board sensing and infrastructure-based wireless communication technologies (e.g., Wi-Fi, ITS-G5, UWB tracking, Zigbee, Bluetooth, LTE...) to produce advanced, highly-accurate positioning technologies for C-ITS.
The HIGHTS platform is a key enabler to C-ACC and platooning. In particular, C-ACC and platooning provides smoother driving conditions, optimization of traffic flows and high precision lane detection for more efficient guidance in urban and highway environments.
Our platform increases the safety level of vulnerable road users (motorcycles, scooters, pedestrians) through bi- directional danger detection and by detecting slight deviations from driving courses, thus detecting danger before it occurs.
The results were integrated into the facilities layer of ETSI C-ITS architecture and thereby become available for all C-ITS applications, including those targeting the challenging use cases traffic safety of vulnerable users and autonomous driving/platooning. The project therefore went beyond ego- and infra-structure-based positioning by incorporating them as building blocks to develop an enhanced European-wide positioning service platform based on enhanced Local Dynamic Maps and built on open European standards.
DLR contributed ranging and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM) algorithms to jointly produce advanced, highly-accurate positioning technologies for C-ITS. With this approach the communication signal of the vehicles was used for ranging. Furthermore, multipath coming from the propagation environment is used to conduct SLAM-based positioning approaches.
HIGHTS outputs will be both scientific and technical aiming at research publications in top-tier journals and conferences in the subject areas related to the project, and respectively, also at practical real-system implementations proof of concepts applications and demo vehicles.
HIGHTS Consortium has 14 partners from 5 countries, with a strong Industry participation, (5 academic institutions and 9 companies). In the consortium, we have Universities, Research Institutes, Large Companies, High-Tech venture companies, and Legal and Consulting companies.
HIGHTS Member Partners
JACOBS UNIVERSITY BREMEN
DEUTSCHES ZENTRUM FÜR LUFT- UND RAUMFAHRT
COMMISSARIAT À L'ÉNERGIE ATOMIQUE ET AUX ÉNERGIES ALTERNATIVES
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA
TASS INTERNATIONAL MOBILITY CENTER
SPAANDERMAN PAULUS TEUN
IBEO AUTOMOTIVE SYSTEMS
In addition, HIGHTS Project has "Associated Member Group" to formally organize external contacts and interactions with partners outside the project.
May 2015 - May 2018