TISA – 2nd Workshop on Automated Driving & TPEG3

The 2nd TISA Workshop on Automated Driving (AD) & TPEG3 was organised in Berlin on 19 March.

In this occasion, participants and stakeholders worked in groups to firstly agree on a suitable structuring of the work on a parallel, synchronised and coherent way with the TAWG platform and to further collect ideas, used cases and data structure to understand problems, identify solutions and define the structure of the work on Automated Driving (AD), in particular with traffic information for AD levels 3-4.

The four groups focussed on the following four areas:

  1. Modality dimensions, to define the range of the work (long-medium-short), movement patterns (ad-hoc –planned), control (self-organized –coordinated –managed) and the value chain (mesh –centralized).
  2. Use cases, considering the areas of complex geometries (tool plaza), restrictions (AD clearance and Country-specific driving restrictions) and sensor data validation, hence, the use of traffic information to validate an object or traffic sign and improve calibration of sensors & fine-tuning of detection algorithms
  3. Ontology dimensions, which can be summarised as follows:
  4. Data types & encoding, involving the investigation into different approaches (JSON, Protocol buffers and other encoding methods)

After summarising the work and allocating the tasks, the workshop concluded with a discussion on automation vs. driver involvement, setting the focus on how to split, align and synchronize traffic information to drivers and to algorithms, as well as reflecting on the impact of different SAE AD levels (primarily focusing on 3, 4 and 5).


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.

EU EIP and TISA publish two harmonised Declarations of Compliance for Real-time Traffic Information

EU-EIP and TISA have collaborated in a series of sessions to harmonise the Declaration of Compliance for Priority Action B (EU-wide real-time traffic information services) for use in all Member States.

Delegated Regulation No 2015/962

Delegated Regulation No 2015/962 addresses the provision of EU-wide real-time traffic information services, in accordance with the Directive 2010/40/EU. This Delegated Regulation requests Member States to manage a national access point for real-time traffic data. It also describes the obligation of Member States to carry out an assessment of compliance with this delegated regulation.

Member States may request from road authorities, road operators, digital map producers and service providers to provide specific documents describing the type of data they handle and the quality. These parties shall submit a Declaration of Compliance with the requirements set out in Articles 3 to 10 of the Delegated Regulation.

EU EIP [1] and TISA [2] have collaborated to harmonise this Declaration of Compliance for Delegated Regulation No 2015/962 and this resulted in two harmonised Declaration of Compliance forms (one for Road Authorities, Road Operators, and a second one for Digital Map Producers and Service Providers)

Why a harmonised approach?

Teun Hendriks, Chair of the TISA Technical and Standardisation Committee: “Without a harmonised approach, Road Authorities, Road Operators, Digital Map Producers and Service Providers would face the risk that -if operating in more than one country- they would need to submit a Declaration of Compliance in different formats, in different languages, and under a variety of different rules. The two harmonised Declaration of Compliance forms (one for Road Authorities, Road Operators, and a second one for Digital Map Producers and Service Providers) should remove this administrative burden; the provided definitions and explanations of terms should clarify roles and responsibilities”.

Louis Hendriks, leader of the EU EIP activity ‘Harmonisation and monitoring SPA’ highlights that this is a win-win, not only for the parties that should submit a Declaration of compliance, but also for the competent authorities of the Member States responsible for the assessment of compliance: “They could possibly be facing discussions with a whole range of Road Operators, Digital Map Producers and Service Providers that operate within their territory, and that might submit their own Declarations of Compliance in different languages and in a variety of formats. Adopting and promoting the use of the harmonised Declaration of Compliance will make life easier for all involved parties”.

European Commission supports harmonised declaration

The European Commission (DG MOVE) has closely followed the development of the two harmonised Declarations of Compliance and view it as a welcome contribution to the harmonised deployment of the National Access Points. The two harmonised Declarations of Compliance will be presented in Brussels during a workshop “Bringing together Bodies and National Access Point Operators” on 21 February 2018.

Where to find the harmonised declaration of compliance?

As an outcome of this fruitful cooperation between EU EIP and TISA four documents have been produced and are now publicly available on the TISA website and EU EIP website.

  • An Introduction letter
  • A model form for the “Uniform Declaration of Compliance – Action B” – for digital map producers and service providers
  • A model for the “Uniform Declaration of Compliance – Action B “- for road authorities and road operators
  • Interpretation & explanations of terms within the Uniform Declaration of Compliance for Priority Action B

A zip-file with the three documents can be downloaded HERE

[1]  European ITS Platform, www.its-platform.eu

[2]  Traveller Information Services Association, www.tisa.org