Intelligent networking of vehicles and traffic signs: ATS trials Car2X Communication with partners on a Digital Test Field Autobahn
- BMVI finances project involving Berlin software technology company ATS Advanced Telematic Systems, as well as Fraunhofer ESK and Heusch/Boesefeldt in Bavaria
Berlin 23.05.2017 – The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMWI) and the Bavarian Center for Traffic Management (ZVM) have commissioned a project group consisting of German companies ATS Advanced Telematic Systems, Heusch/Boesefeldt and the Fraunhofer Institute for Embedded Systems and Communication Technology ESK, to test the real-time connectivity of vehicles and changing traffic signs in the A9 digital testing field. To improve road traffic safety, connected and autonomously operating vehicles should foreseeably be able to communicate with their environment as well as technical infrastructure (Car2X). To trial such technologies under real conditions, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMWI) set up the Digital Test Field Autobahn on the A9 between Munich and Nuremberg, in 2015.
End-to-end data transfer is a key technology for Car2X communication
In cooperation with its project partners, ATS developed an end-to-end solution from road traffic to within the vehicle. Additionally, new interfaces were developed to standardize the data, the MDM (Mobility Data Marketplace) of the BMWI was integrated, and latency was evaluated to identify disparities between the in-vehicle displays and the traffic signs. In the context of automated driving, the project can serve as a basis for future delivery of data to vehicle actuators. The test vehicle communicates in real-time via a mobile radio connection with the ZVM server to automatically receive current and relevant information about traffic signs for its route and position, such as dynamic speed restrictions, temporary spur locks or intelligent route signs.
“The transfer of data to vehicles is a core technology for automated driving, for real-time application, as well as for maintenance and service. This project proves the importance of standardization of data transfer between infrastructure and vehicles. Initiatives like the Mobility Data Marketplace are going in the right direction, but the exchange of data between vehicles, such as between different provider platforms, also requires further standardization development,” said Armin G. Schmidt, CEO of ATS Advanced Telematic Systems. ATS is a pioneer in the development of cloud-based telematics platforms and services for connected mobility. With OTA Plus, ATS offers the only open source client/server solution for ‘over-the-air’ software updates that have been specially designed the requirements of automotive manufacturers and suppliers. The Berlin-based company is committed to establishing industry-wide standards and open source technologies, with the highest level of data security.
About ATS Advanced Telematic Systems
ATS Advanced Telematic Systems is a German automotive-focused software company specializing in open source and open standards-based software solutions for the mobility industry. ATS developed OTA Plus, the only open source client/server solution for over-the-air software updates for OEMs and Tier1s. ATS collaborates with international industry alliances of leading automotive OEMs and suppliers. It is the first cloud-only service provider to be accepted into the German Association of the Automotive Industry (VDA), leads the OTA activities inside GENIVI and Automotive Grade Linux (AGL). Headquartered in Berlin, ATS operates a regional hub in Tokyo.