On European roads, a fully safe & efficient road transport without casualties and serious injuries is envisioned. Particularly, road traffic and mobility in complex urban areas is aimed to be congestion-free, sustainable and economically viable with a minimal environmental impact. Cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) pave the way for increased safety, sustainability, efficiency, better monitoring and more comfort in road traffic. However, applications in practice confined to small pilot sites involving few users from specific user groups in particular contexts of use. The focus has been on technical proofs of concept. The proposed solutions lack a common overall system architecture and universal testing procedures. The provision of a flexible integration and interaction between service providers, service subscribers and the communication infrastructures is missing.
DLR‘s Institute of Transport Research leads the impact assessment and validation of services and service bundles that are implemented in the partner cities. More particularly, it leads the evaluation on the transport system level and the impact on safety (e.g. speeds, braking events), mobility behavior (e.g. modal-split), efficiency (fuel consumption reduction) and environmental sustainability (e.g. CO2 emission reduction). The questions arise as to what impact do services and service bundles unfold and whether they take effect as expected and intended.
C-MobILE aims to stimulate new and push existing European C-ITS pilot sites towards large-scale, real-life and interoperable C-ITS application deployments. For end-users, this yields a seamless and continuous usage of C-ITS services and service bundles across different transport modes, environments and countries. In order to establish a sound basis for authorities’ and providers’ strategic decision-making, the impact of large-scale deployment will be assessed on four levels that is, technical level, user and stakeholder level, transport system level, and costs and benefits.
Initially, needs and requirements and the design of the C-MobILE hybrid communication architecture and systems and services will be defined. In parallel, the methodology for validation and impact assessment will be defined and adapted to the C-MobILE approach of C-ITS application bundling. After that, the technical infrastructure of the attending eight partner cities – the deployment sites – will be adapted. Thereupon, C-ITS service bundles will be deployed. Adaptation and deployment lead to large-scale integration and large-scale demonstration. The demonstration will run until the end of the project. After the large-scale demonstration is launched, the impact of C-ITS service bundles will be assessed and the user experience will be improved through collected data and end user feedback.
The results obtained in C-MobILE ease the transfer of C-ITS to other regions and countries. Moreover, the infrastructural developments pave the way for future applications in conjunction with autonomous vehicles.
Results can be found at: http://c-mobile-project.eu/library
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 723311.
Project partners can be found at: http://c-mobile-project.eu/partnership-section
6/2017 to 11/2020