TISA participates in the first ever virtual OADF forum 

The exceptional circumstances created by COVID-19 did not stop TISA Members to take part in the first ever virtual Open Auto Drive Forum event, which took place on 9 July.

This 13th edition of the Forum broke the attendance record with more than twice as much attendees as in the previous editions.

TISA Executive Director and OADF speaker Matthias Unbehaun opened the meeting together with the founder and CEO of Kuandeng Technology in China, Mr. Liu Jun, and gave the floor to organizations such as ADASIS, ASAM, Elektrobit, TomTom, SENSORIS, the University of Tokyo, HERE Tehnologies, TN-ITS and of course TISA, to report from their activities on automated driving.

The variety of topics presented and discussed also included the evaluation of HD map quality, the benefits of standardization and an update on safe and reliable maps for Automated Driving, as well as on the Navigation Data Standard (NDS).

The next OADF event is currently planned for 23 September 2020 in Frankfurt, Germany, with the possibility to participate remotely.

All presentations are available on TISA’s confluence, at this link.

TISA General Assembly elects new President and Treasurer

TISA Members reunited virtually on 23 June for the association’s General Assembly. Highlights of the meeting were the re-election of Thomas Kusche-Knežević (WDR) as President of TISA and of Andreas Goršak (JVCKENWOOD) as treasurer, who will both serve for the upcoming two years.

The General Assembly also served as occasion for Members to go through important matters, starting with the Executive Office report, the summary of activities and achievements, the Committees, Working Groups and Task Forces, and additional operational aspects. In addition, the meeting confirmed TISA’s liaison with external stakeholders, such as the RDS Forum, WorlDAB, EU-EIP, DATEX II, OADF, NDS, SENSORIS, ADASIS, ERTICO and the CCAM Platform, and provided an overview of 2020 events, namely the postponement of the ITS European and World Congresses and the status of TISA’s related papers and presentations, which remain accepted for both events.

TISA’s General Assembly and Committee Meetings were also a valuable occasion for Members to learn from external stakeholders. Two keynote presentations were given, one by Hendrik Kramer, Co-Founder and CEO of PYLOT GmbH, and one by Kristian Jaldemark, Head of Development at Carmenta.

PYLOT is a Munich-based software company that focuses on the remote control of autonomous vehicles (teleoperation), providing also mission critical products and services for defence, aviation, traffic, security and public safety industries. Mr. Kramer presented a variety of use cases on these areas, which are available for TISA Members at this link.

Carmenta is a Swedish company which works in a wide range of industries: automotive, defence and security, traffic management, public safety and maritime. Thanks to many common areas of research and interest with Carmenta, TISA Members we able to learn more from the company’s use cases on public safety, traffic watch, Connected and Automated Driving, Autonomous Driving Traffic Control, Emergency Vehicle Awareness and more. Carmenta’s presentation is available for TISA Members here.

The next committee meeting will be held on 15 September in online format.

TomTom receives Global Traffic Service Deal for Next-Generation SYNC Connected Vehicle System

TomTom (TOM2), the location technology specialist, has been awarded a global multi-year deal to power Ford’s next-generation SYNC® with its real-time traffic service. Ford’s all-new 2021 F-150 pickup – revealed just days ago – and the soon to be delivered all-electric Mustang Mach-E SUV are the first Ford vehicles available with the technology.

TomTom Traffic provides accurate, real-time traffic information, which will keep Ford drivers informed and can help them reduce their travel time. TomTom’s traffic service processes over 70 million driving hours every day, derived from billions of de-identified data points. By updating its big data every 30 seconds, TomTom can predict traffic before it even happens.

“Automakers choose TomTom Traffic for its accuracy, freshness and reliability,” said Antoine Saucier, Managing Director, TomTom Automotive. “Ford’s decision to include TomTom Traffic in its new SYNC connected vehicle technology is another step towards our vision of a world free of congestion.”

TomTom’s real-time traffic service is available in 79 countries around the world, powered by over 600 million connected devices. The service is used by car manufacturers, app developers and enterprises across a range of mobility applications.

Source and photo credit: TomTom

Upcoming TISA General Assembly and Committee Meetings

TISA members will virtually reconvene for the two-day General Assembly and Committee Meetings on 23 and 24 June.

During the General Assembly TISA activities and achievements will be summarized, operational matters, working groups and task forces discussed and best practices exchanged with external and internal participants, who are regularly invited to give keynote speeches.

Highlight will be the keynote presentation on “Situational Awareness Beyond Line of Sight for Automated Vehicles” by Kristian Jaldemark, Head of Development at Carmenta Automotive.

To allow members overseas to participate in the meetings, the time is scheduled in three different time zones: 12:00 (UCT) | 14:00 (CEST) | 20:00 (SGT) | 07:00 (CDT).

Click here to view the agenda.

TPEG3: Standardization Involvement and Innovation at NNG

The Traveller Information Services Association (TISA) is an industry consortium developing and maintaining standards called Transport Protocol Expert Group Generation 2 (TPEG2) and Traffic Message Channel (TMC).

NNG has been a member of TISA for several years and is using TMC and TPEG2 in its iGO Navigation product’s traffic engine. TMC and TPEG2 standards are also internationally recognized; TISA, ISO and CEN are collaborating in standardisation efforts (in development, publication, and the maintenance processes), meaning TPEG2 and TMC are considered international technical specifications and full standards.

Since the beginning of the rise of connected and automated driving technologies, TISA has taken an active role in global industry efforts to address the challenges represented by this disruptive technology trend.

As one of the founding members of the Open Auto Drive Forum (OADF), TISA and its membership has been actively involved in harmonization and synchronization efforts. This in conjunction with other industry consortia such as ADASIS, SENSORIS, NDS, TN-ITS, and with other international organisations such as ISO and ASAM (hosting OpenDrive, OpenCRG, OpenScenario and OpenODD), and the SIP-adus project from Japan.

In order to understand the specific requirements of automated mobility, we analysed the basics of the technology specified by the Society of Automotive Engineers’ (SAE) On Road Automated Driving (ORAD) Committee’s document J3016 and more specifically, its definition of the Operational Design Domain (ODD).

Automated driving technology defines the necessary conditions and requirements which must be fulfilled while the vehicle uses automated driving functions – and in case these conditions are no longer met the vehicle must be able to fall back to a safe operational mode (e.g. human driving or manoeuvre to a safe parking location).

The transition between machine driving and human driving is always a challenging issue, therefore these gaps (see above) in automated driving operation are the high priority targets of new technology initiatives. TPEG3, HD maps, C-ITS based innovative services (such as the Cooperative Perception Service), and advanced onboard sensor solutions (millimetre wave radars and solid-state lidars) or ISAD (Infrastructure Supporting Automated Driving), are being pursued in order to decrease or (if possible) close them.

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Source: NNG