The steadily increasing traffic density in Europe is causing enormous negative effects such as accidents or CO2 emissions. Especially in urban areas, traffic jams and other disturbances are daily phenomena. As the capacity of traffic infrastructure can only slowly be further increased, much more efficient traffic management is necessary to mitigate the negative impacts of road traffic.
The aim of the COVEL project is to develop and commercialize the Lane Navigation Assistant (LNA) – an in-vehicle device which will enable lane-level navigation and lane-level traffic management especially in urban areas. The LNA will use satellite positioning as its primary source, whereas these data will be augmented by correction information coming from the EGNOS system. The EGNOS data will be obtained from EDAS and broadcasted to the vehicles using standard Car2Car- / Car2-Infrastructure-communications. Furthermore, the satellite positioning will be enhanced by innovative algorithms for cooperative localization and map matching. The resulting lane-level vehicle positioning will bring navigation and traffic management to a new level of detail and effectiveness.
In order to achieve those challenging goals, COVEL will gather partners with outstanding expertise and a wide experience in the field of satellite navigation, communications, and traffic management. The consortium covers the complete value chain and is supported by a traffic management authority and a university.
COVEL has a clear intention to commercialize the project outcome and, thus, to provide an innovative end-user product which is based on EGNOS/EDAS. Furthermore, the project will conduct an active dissemination strategy with website and conference contributions and a special focus on live demonstrations. Finally, COVEL will directly contribute to standardization with a special focus on integrating EGNOS data into automotive communications.