Fifth official member organization is announced during the 11th OADF

On 5 February, the Electronics Research Lab (ERL) of Volkswagen Group of America in Belmont, CA, hosted the 11th meeting of the Open Auto Drive forum. Nikolai Reimer, Senior Vice President and Executive Director ERL, and Mattias Unbehaun, OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director, opened the meeting.
In their keynote ‘Autonomous Driving, past present and future’ Nikhil George and Subramanian Swaminathan from ERL first described the various autonomous demonstration vehicles developed by Volkswagen since 2005 and their successes in DARPA and other challenges. The second part of the keynote focused on the technologies required for autonomous driving with the key elements being sensors, connectivity and machine learning. The presentation illustrated very well the necessity of HD maps for making automated driving a reality – being also a core component connecting all OADF member organizations. The keynote was complemented by short presentations of two promising start-ups: ‘Helm AI’, providing deep learning solutions for autonomous driving, and ‘Applied Intuition’ offering infrastructures for the development, testing and deployment of autonomous driving.

The OADF Steering Committee welcoming SIP-adus as fifth member organization at the 11th Forum meeting; from left to right: Prokop Jehlicka (SENSORIS Chairman), Matthias Unbehaun (OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director), Hiroki Sakai (representing SIP-adus), Michael Klingsoehr (ADASIS Chairman) and Martin Schleicher (NDS Chairman)

In the introduction to OADF, Matthias Unbehaun re-called the objectives of the OADF, namely, to serve as global platform for sharing knowledge, networking and collaboration between all stakeholders in the automated/ autonomous driving realm. He announced that SIP-adus, the Japanese cross-ministerial program for enabling autonomous driving, has just become the 5th official member organization in OADF – next to ADASIS, NDS, SENSORIS and TISA. The inclusion of SIP-adus and the coordination and harmonization with this Japanese program is an important milestone for OADF.
Matthias Unbehaun’s introduction was followed by updates from the different standardization organizations: Jean-Charles Pandazis from ERTICO reported on ADASIS, Martin Schleicher from Elektrobit on the Navigation Data Standard (NDS), Prokop Jehlicka from HERE Technologies on SENSORIS, Matthias Unbehaun on TISA, Hiroki Sakai from the Mitsubishi Research Institute on SIP-adus and Matthias Unbehaun – as a proxy for Michael Scholz from DLR – on OpenDRIVE. The presentations were complemented by a report from Prokop Jehlicka on the achievements towards the metadata catalogue which aims at bridging different representations in standards relevant for autonomous driving.
In the afternoon, the meeting participants had the opportunity for detailed discussions on the ‘NDS next generation architecture’, on ‘highly reliable maps’ and on the ‘metadata catalogue’. The day was rounded up by a wrap-up by Matthias Unbehaun.
Again, the OADF meeting attracted many interested experts in the field and led to interesting and fruitful discussions. The 12th OADF meeting is planned for June 12 in Munich, Germany, and will be collocated with the first NDS public conference on June 13, 2019.

TISA Committee Meetings in Toulouse

On 4 and 5 December, TISA members gathered in Toulouse, France, for the last committee meetings of 2018. Hosted by Continental, this meeting provided a very important opportunity for the TISA community to meet, present new Use Case Proposals and discuss the priority for the work programme of the TISA Working Groups and Task Forces.

The assembly discussed matters regarding the provision of content and service, standardization and technical aspects and products, with TISA members identifying Road Closure handling (HERE), EMI, multipart message management (TomTom), and road works (Infoblu) as new use cases.

Starting with the Technical & Standardisation Committee, the presentation focused on the update on the status and number of the TMC location tables treated in 2018 and an overview of the TAWG activities and future actions for 2019. The presentation continued outlining the TFs activities to be launched, which are AD Clearance and Motorway Toll gates. The first day of committee meetings was also a good occasion to visit Continental’s Test Center.

The second day was dedicated to the “Information for automated driving” (I4AD) Workshop to discuss a very important topic and challenge for the automotive sector: autonomous driving.

The workshop addressed topics such as encoding structures, in-vehicle architectures, serialization protocols, and prioritized use cases, of which the precise road works warning is the most likely candidate for a first prototype implementation. Besides the technical topics, the work plan was refined and a demonstration of a first prototype at the ITS World Congress in Singapore discussed.

HERE and INRIX Form Partnership to Move Mobility Forward

INRIX, the world leader in connected car services and mobility analytics, and HERE Technologies, a global leader in mapping and location services, today announced a partnership to deliver industry-leading services and products. INRIX will leverage map content from HERE in more than 50 countries, with the specific goal of increasing connected services coverage and quality in the automotive sector. The companies are also exploring further collaboration opportunities, including utilizing their respective data and platform capabilities for the creation and delivery of new data services to move mobility forward around the world.
As the location data experts, HERE is dedicated to providing the most complete, up-to-date and accurate maps in the industry, reinforcing the emphasis INRIX puts on quality, coverage and innovation of its new product offerings.

“Partnering with HERE allows us to offer best-in-class mobility solutions to public and private sector customers worldwide,” said Bryan Mistele, president and CEO of INRIX. “Our shared vision of quality, coverage and new product innovation is the cornerstone of our partnership, and I’m excited to see where this relationship will go.”
“HERE and INRIX are a great match,” said Edzard Overbeek, CEO of HERE Technologies. “Both companies believe in the power of open platforms and partner ecosystems to accelerate innovation and build the mobility services of the future. We look forward to exploring the possibilities together with INRIX.”

Every day, HERE processes millions of changes to its map, drawing on the data it gathers from passenger and commercial vehicles, a community of map editors, its own fleet of LiDAR-equipped mapping cars, and satellite and aerial imagery. HERE uses a mix of people power, advanced data processing and machine learning to turn all that data into maps with hundreds of attributes, including addresses, road signs, and turn and roadway restrictions such as weight limits and relative road heights, for all major markets. Most major automotive brands, as well as many of the world’s biggest enterprises, rely on the HERE location platform.

INRIX collects billions of anonymous data points every day from a diverse set of sources, including connected vehicles, cities, DOTs, road weather conditions, journalistic incidents, social media, parking, mobile and other IoT devices. With information on nearly 90 percent of the world’s roads across over 80 countries, INRIX is the preferred provider of driving and mobility intelligence for leading automakers, transportation agencies and enterprises, including Audi, BMW, Ford, IBM, REMAX, Subway T-Mobile, Waze and more than 120 city, national and state government agencies such as the U.S. Federal Highway Administration, Highways England, the City of Copenhagen and RTA Dubai.

Thomas Kusche-Knezevic presents TISA to German police traffic control centers

Picture by Michael Bungert (Bavarian Police).

TISA’s President Thomas Kusche-Knezevic participated to the annual meeting of the German Police’s Traffic Control Centers – “Landesmeldestellen“. In this occasion, Mr. Kusche-Knezevic presented the recent developments within TISA, such as I4AD, C-ITS, Stands/Specification Editing and so on and encouraged participants to think about a more active involvement within in the TISA Sector of Public Authorities.



Be-Mobile acquires Mediamobile and expands its smart mobility services in Europe

The Belgian smart mobility company Be-Mobile, with Proximus and the own management as main shareholders acquired all of the share capital of its French sector partner Mediamobile. Mediamobile, a subsidiary of the French group TDF based in Paris, specializes in providing real-time traffic information for car navigation systems of Renault, BMW, Volvo, Toyota and Volkswagen, among others. The acquisition was fully financed with own resources.

“The acquisition strengthens our position in the automotive industry and increases the coverage of our traffic management services in France, Germany, the Nordics and Poland, where Mediamobile is active today,” according to Jan Cools, CEO of Be-Mobile. The combined turnover of Be-Mobile and Mediamobile totaled more than 40 million euros in 2017. Be-Mobile has the ambition to grow into a European market leader in smart mobility. The acquisition of Mediamobile is an important step in the context of this ambition.

Be-Mobile provides services for monitoring and controlling traffic flows, intelligent toll collection, parking and public transport through 4411 (service payment via smartphone) and also owns the popular Dutch app Flitsmeister. Last year, the company introduced so-called C-ITS (Cooperative ITS) applications to bring real time information about traffic lights, speed advice and warnings for approaching ambulances in real time to the dashboard of the vehicle. This new development puts Be-Mobile on-track for delivering a neutral platform for road authorities to eventually guide autonomous vehicles over their road network.

Be-Mobile is Proximus’ partner in the domain of smart mobility solutions offered to the professional market, Smart Cities, event companies, logistic companies, etc. and integrates Be-Mobile’s mobility budget tool in Proximus’ new workplace solution.