Speakers from various countries, from private as well as public parties, gave their vision on ITS-G5 and Cooperative ITS Services during a number of workshops. A very topical issue, since Volkswagen and other market parties have announced that they are going target a lot of their efforts at ITS-G5 / Cooperative Services from 2019 on.
During a test drive passing road works on the A16 the Road Works Warning service was presented. We also made various so called virtual test scenarios available, simulating realistic disruptive situations on the road.
Meanwhile testing took place on the A16 as well! This was threathening to become a challenge for a while because there was a malfunction in the regular systems. Fortunately our colleagues from the traffic control center fixed the problem quickly. A number of parties used this final test day to further test some details. Especially the presented tunnel scenario, concentrated around the loss of the GPS signal in a winding tunnel such as the Drechttunnel, turned out to be a challenge.
An incredible amount of data has been collected this week, by participating road authorities as well as market parties. We will be evaluating this data and use it to refine the specifications of the system and the first services. The TESTFEST was an informative experience on all levels. The exchange of knowledge between road authorities and market parties, and mutually between market parties, was perceived as very positive. Also the testing during live road works on the busy A16 with challenging road sections was higly appreciated. Various market parties have informed if a follow-up would be possible.
The fact that the development of the technology has reached the next stage was demonstrated by the sudden interest of software companies for the TESTFEST and the presence of many international road authorities and suppliers to the automotive industry. We are all on the same page, which means that after this TESTFEST we can work towards a large scale roll-out of ITS-G5 services in Europe together.
Picture gallery day 4
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