GEWI and iCone Announce Off-the-Shelf Smart Work Zone Program

Following GEWI’s successful Smart Work Zone to Navigation implementation in Germany, GEWI and iCone have announced a similar program for North America which will also be available worldwide in the near future as a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) solution.

“Obtaining real-time information from Work Zones is a problem worldwide,” commented GEWI founder Hagen Geppert. “Our TIC Software Product makes it possible to collect the many new types of real-time data from Work Zones and make it available to navigation devices, broadcasters, applications and any type of public or private system which requires the data”.

 

iCone products transmit a warning message is generated by the Work Zone equipment, which can be an arrow trailer, crash truck, or other device used for securing accident locations, mowing/sweeping work or other activities along the roadway.

 

The location and status of this fixed or moving Work Zone data is collected by GEWI’s TIC Software which distributes information via RDS/TMC (Radio Data System/Traffic message Channel) and TPEG (Transport Protocol Experts Group) to the car radios and navigation systems of all road users on the corresponding roadway segment. By providing advanced notification of these activities, driver awareness is heightened. This will result in fewer incident due to increased driver awareness of upcoming Work Zones or other events on and along the roadway.

iCone Products is changing the work zone traffic control industry with a family of new Connected Tech products that are designed to network the actions of the workers as they close lanes, flag vehicles through work zones and protect workers. iCone was the first in the industry to get their work zone queue data into the car through partnerships with organizations such as Waze and HERE, and now iCone is allowing critical actions like work-truck flashers, arrow board direction, and flagger activity to be known to every driver whether human or machine.

GEWI’s TIC platform has been used by the world’s government road agencies/operators, police, broadcasters, and commercial traffic service providers since 1997.

TIC provides solutions for road planning, operations and maintenance, work zone management, road incident, and ITS asset management. Additionally, TIC can be used for public transport incident management, automated driving and connected vehicle technologies and services.

TIC is highly configurable and allows fast, cost-effective deployments. Global support provided from GEWI offices in Europe, USA and Asia.

For more information about the COTS Smart Work Program, contact:

GEWI

Jim O’Neill, CEO GEWI North America

jim.oneill@gewi.com

 

iCone Products

Ross Sheckler, Managing Partner

r.sheckler@iconeproducts.com

 

TISA – 2nd Workshop on Automated Driving & TPEG3

The 2nd workshop on TPEG3 for Automated Driving (AD) was organised by TISA in Berlin on 19 March.

After a recap of results from the previous workshop, two topic presentations set the scene for the group work planned later in the afternoon:

  • Atonomos’ CEO Tinosch Ganjineh (part of TomTom) shared valuable insights in the implementation and testing of AD in various environments, such as Berlin, the USA, or Mexico. Atonomos is a spin-off from the University of Berlin and its experience dates back to the first DARPA challenge, where the team successfully participated.
  • A model of human reasoning and behaviour-control based on skills, rules and knowledge was introduced to TISA by Johannes Springer of T-Systems, who already presented the keynote for the 2017 General Assembly.

Following the 2 presentations, participants split in 4 groups to discuss the following topics:

  1. Modality dimensions (long- vs. short-range traffic data, movement patterns, control of traffic flow and the value chain.
  2. Use cases (e.g. how to negotiate a toll plaza with an AD vehicle, country-specific driving restrictions, or sensor data validation using traffic information)
  3. Ontology dimensions for structuring information
  4. Data types & encoding, touching e.g. on JSON or Protocol buffers

A follow-up workshop is planned collocated with the TISA General Assembly in June in Cologne, hosted by WDR.

 

TISA Committee meetings on 20 March

Latest TISA Committee meetings were hosted by TomTom in Berlin on 20 March 2018 and saw a large participation of TISA members. The main points on the agenda were reporting, progress and status work from the various working groups and task forces. Three new work items, out of which two are related to automated driving were presented to the community.

Erwin Vermassen from ERTICO–ITS Europe presented an “Overview of European C-ITS architecture” and brought up some possible connections between TPEG and current EC funded projects.

Next TISA Committee meetings will take place on 12 and 13 June together with the TISA General Assembly and will be hosted by WDR in Cologne, Germany. A key note speaker to join the General Assembly will be Liang Yongjie, Vice President of NavInfo and General Manager of CenNavi. More information will follow soon on TISA confluence.

TISA welcomes two new members

This month, TISA is glad to welcome two new members: Parkopedia and Mecom.

Parkopedia is an international parking service provider that serves millions of drivers and organisations, such as Audi, Apple, BMW, Coyote, Ford, Garmin, GM, Jaguar Land Rover, Peugeot, Sygic, TomTom, Toyota, Volvo and many others. Providing its services in 75 countries, Parkopedia allows its users to find car parks, street parking, book and pay for parking with the click of a button.

Mecom (Medien-Communikations-Gesellschaft mbH), is a data logistics provider for high-quality and confidential data. The company works in the field of data transmission for news agencies, the development and operation of archive and portal applications and the construction and operation of high-security networks.

For more information on these two new members, please click on the links below:

Parkopedia: https://www.parkopedia.com/about-us/

Mecom: http://mecom-news.de/

9th Open Auto Drive Forum on March 6, 2018

The OADF Steering Committee with the host of the 9th meeting

The 9th Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF) meeting was hosted by NNG in Budapest, Hungary on 6 March 2018. After the last meetings in the USA in May and in Japan in November 2017, it was the first meeting in Europe again. As such it focused on the alignment with Standardization activities in Europe.

The speaker of OADF, Dr. Volker Sasse introduced the OADF which is focusing on the use of maps for automated driving. He stated that implementing automated driving will require a fundamental shift of the paradigm of traffic systems from individualism to collectivism. The individual vehicle will become part of the data collecting and sharing crowd. Maps will play an important role as the reference for storing and sharing information. The cooperation in automated driving would save millions of lives.

In his keynote speech, Prof. Zsolt Szalay from the University of Budapest introduced the research history in autonomous driving projects in Hungary and ‘RECAR’, a multidisciplinary cooperation for autonomous road vehicles in Hungary. The RECAR programme comes with its own education and research programs. One focus is testing and validation, ranging from computer simulations up to real traffic system tests on public roads. Hungary is currently constructing a unique proving ground dedicated to testing autonomously driving cars. The RECAR program is embedded in the Smart Mobility Platform in Hungary, targeting also non-technical prerequisites for automated driving such as legislation, standardization and economical aspects.

The remainder of the morning sessions was dedicated to introductions and updates from the standardization bodies. Michael Klingsoehr from Bosch SoftTec reported on ADASIS, Dr. Volker Sasse from NavInfo on the Navigation Data Standard (NDS) Association, Prokop Jehlicka from HERE on SENSORIS, Dr. Matthias Unbehaun from TISA on TPEG3, Hiroki Sakai from the Mitsubishi Research Institute on SIP-adus, Stephen T’Siobbel from TomTom on TN-ITS and Michael Scholz from DLR on OpenDRIVE. All organizations were very active in preparing their formats for automated driving and reported on significant progress since the last OADF meetings.

The afternoon session was again dedicated to updates from the cross-organizational working areas in OADF: the evolvement of the OADF Reference Ecosystem, the preparation of highly reliable maps for automated driving as well as the preparation of interfaces between the different standardized formats by implementing a directory of attribute descriptions.

Since its first meeting end of 2015, the OADF meetings attracted a continuously high number of participants. OADF and its three meetings per year across the continents have proven to ensure a continuous information exchange and alignment of all stakeholders dealing with maps in the context of automated driving. Continuing in this spirit, the 10th meeting is scheduled in July 2018 in China. The focus of this second meeting in China is to align with the rapidly evolving activities in China regarding autonomous driving.

For more information on Open Auto Drive Forum please visit the website.