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ICT Infrastructure for Connected and Automated Road Transport

PROJECTS
Funding
European
European Union
Duration
-
Status
Ongoing
Geo-spatial type
Other
Total project cost
€10 179 239
EU Contribution
€7 996 572
Project Acronym
ICT4CART
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Network and traffic management systems (NTM)
Transport mode
Road icon
Transport policies
Safety/Security,
Digitalisation
Transport sectors
Passenger transport,
Freight transport

Overview

Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

ICT4CART will bring together, adapt and improve technological advances from different key players from the automotive, telecom and IT industries, able to shape the ICT landscape for Connected and Automated Road Transport and to boost the EU competitiveness and innovation in this area. 
As an Innovation Action (IA), the target of ICT4CART is to provide outcomes close to the market, thus aiming at high innovation potential.  
Connected and automated vehicles, especially SAE levels L3 & L4, are on the focal point of ITS research. To enable and accelerate the insertion of such vehicles in our everyday life, ICT and especially connectivity, is a prerequisite. This is exactly the area ICT4CART is working with.

Today, significant and rapid advances take place in the telecom and IT industries. Amongst these, the ETSI ITS G5 technology is now quite mature. It has been thoroughly discussed at EU policy levels (C-ITS platform) and has been used and tested in several EU projects. Moreover, the 5G technology is evolving rapidly, while LTE-Vehicle (LTE-V) [1] features low cost and rapid deployment since it can fully utilise existing base stations. At the same time road operators and infrastructure providers are well aware that advances should take place also on the infrastructure part in order to keep up with in-vehicle and telecommunication technology advances. 
Despite the above, several ICT challenges related to connectivity, data management and ICT infrastructure architectures still exist and need to be addressed in order to enable road vehicle automation. Advancing ICT infrastructure is essential in this direction. Especially today, where resources and investments in the physical transport infrastructure are limited, the exploitation of digital and ICT technologies is a must.
ICT4CART aims to address these challenges and to facilitate the dialogue between automotive manufacturers and the telecom industry by integrating, in an efficient and prompt way, the developments in both areas.

Objectives

ICT4CART, totally aligned with the work programme, is providing an ICT infrastructure to enable the transition towards road transport automation. To meet this high level objective ICT4CART is bringing together, adapting and improving technological advances from different industries, mainly telecom, automotive and IT. It adopts a hybrid communication approach where all the major wireless technologies, i.e. cellular, ITS G5 and LTE-V, are integrated under a flexible “sliced” network architecture. This architecture will ensure performance and resilience for different groups of applications according to the needs of higher levels of automation (L3 & L4). On top of that, a distributed IT environment for data aggregation and analytics will be implemented. This offers seamless integration and exchange of data and services between all the different actors, allowing 3rd parties to develop, deliver and provide innovative services, thus creating new business opportunities. Cyber-security and data privacy aspects will be duly considered throughout the whole ICT infrastructure. In addition, novel accurate localisation services, exploiting the cellular network and information from other sources, such as on-board sensors, especially in complex areas (e.g. urban), will be addressed.

Standardisation and interoperability are of high interest within ICT4CART in order to ensure the impact of the project towards enabling the transition to higher levels of automation. In this context issues related to the frequency spectrum will be investigated, while through the organisation of relevant workshops the engagement of policy makers and public authorities is ensured. To achieve its objectives ICT4CART, instead of working in generic solutions with questionable impact, it builds on four specific high-value use cases (urban and highway) which will be demonstrated and validated under real-life conditions at the test sites in Austria, Germany, Italy and across the Italian-Austrian border.

 

  1. Identify the functional and technical connectivity requirements posed by the needs of higher levels of automation (SAE L3 & L4) ensuring communication redundancy and increased reliability.
  2. Implement and test a standards-based distributed IT environment for data aggregation capable of collecting and managing in an automated and interoperable way all the exchanged data regarding the driver, the vehicle, the vulnerable road users (VRUs) and the infrastructure, leveraging also cloud technology
  3. Implement cyber-security and data protection and privacy mechanisms aligned with the EU policy objectives
  4. Improve localisation and mapping by combining information from different sources (European GNSS, on board sensors, other vehicles, infrastructure, etc.) and adapt existing tools and algorithms for data fusion.
  5. Validate and demonstrate the ICT Infrastructure architecture through the project use cases and test sites.
  6. New business models and market services for the innovative use of cross-sector data, including the creation of services and infrastructure for automated driving 
  7. Promote the project developments to standardisation bodies and policy makers especially in relation with actions requiring public authorities’ intervention

Funding

Parent Programmes
Institution Type
Public institution
Institution Name
European Commission
Type of funding
Public (EU)
Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.3.4.
Other Programme
ART-01-2017 ICT infrastructure to enable the transition towards road transport automation

Partners

Lead Organisation
Organisation
Institute Of Communication And Computer Systems
Address
Patission, 10682 Athens, Greece
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€800 625
Partner Organisations
Organisation
Stadt Ulm
Address
MARKPLATZ 1, 89073 ULM, Germany
EU Contribution
€98 904
Organisation
Robert Bosch Gmbh
Address
Robert-Bosch Platz, 70839 Gerlingen-Schillerhoehe, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€500 479
Organisation
Centro Ricerche Fiat - Societa Consortile Per Azioni
Address
Strada Torino, 50, 10043 ORBASSANO (TO), Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€649 250
Organisation
Cassidian
Address
BOULEVARD JEAN MOULIN - ZAC DE LA CLEF SAINT PIERRE 1, 78990 ELANCOURT, France
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€403 952
Organisation
Universitaet Ulm
Address
HELMHOLTZSTRASSE 16, 89081 ULM, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€603 106
Organisation
Wind Tre Spa
Address
LARGO METROPOLITANA 5, 20017 RHO MI, Italy
EU Contribution
€424 288
Organisation
Ibm Research Gmbh
Address
SAEUMERSTRASSE 4, 8803 RUESCHLIKON, Switzerland
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€224 438
Organisation
Naytiliakes Metaforikes Kai Epikoinoniakes Epixeiriseis Seability Epe
Address
40 ZAN MOREAS, 11745 ATHENA, Greece
EU Contribution
€210 000
Organisation
Ibm Ireland Limited
Address
Ibm House, Shelbourne Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
EU Contribution
€551 707
Organisation
Austriatech - Gesellschaft D. Bundes F. Technologiepolit. Massnahmen
Address
Donau-City-Stra?e 1, 1220 VIENNA, Austria
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€240 250
Organisation
T-Mobile Austria Gmbh
Address
RENNWEG 97-99, 1030 WIEN, Austria
EU Contribution
€408 334
Organisation
Nokia Solutions And Networks Gmbh &co Kg
Address
WERINHERSTRASSE 91, 81541 MUNCHEN, Germany
EU Contribution
€684 758
Organisation
Societa Per Azioni Autostrada Del Brennero (Brenner-Autobahn)
Address
Via Berlino 10, 38100 Trento, Italy
EU Contribution
€58 691
Organisation
Istituto Superiore Mario Boella Sulle Tecnologie Dell' Informazioni E Delle Telecomunicazioni
Address
Via P. C. Boggio 61, 10138 Torino, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€347 000
Organisation
Swarco Mizar Srl
Address
Via Nizza, 10126 Torino, Italy
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€367 465
Organisation
Autobahnen- Und Schnellstrassen- Finanzierungs-Aktiengesellschaft
Address
Rotenturmstr. 5-9, 1011 WIEN, Austria
EU Contribution
€418 688
Organisation
Urban Foresight Limited
Address
The Core, Science Central, Bath Lane, Newcastle Upon Tyne, NE4 5TF, United Kingdom
EU Contribution
€176 750
Organisation
European Road Transport Telematics implementation Coordination Organisation (ERTICO) - Intelligent Transport Systems & Services Europe
Address
Avenue Louise 326, 1050 BRUSSELS, Belgium
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€300 125
Organisation
Comune Di Verona
Address
PIAZZA BRA 1, 37121 VERONA, Italy
EU Contribution
€72 654
Organisation
Bayerische Motoren Werke Ag
Address
Petuelring 130, 80809 MUNICH, Germany
Organisation website
EU Contribution
€455 111

Technologies

Technology Theme
Connected and automated vehicles
Technology
Autonomous vehicle technologies
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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