TISA Members gather in Brussels for the annual General Assembly

TISA’s General Assembly and Committee Meetings were full of surprises this month. Hosted by ERTICO – ITS Europe, TISA members gathered in Brussels on 18 and 19 June. Highlights of the meetings were the keynote speeches done by Aria Etemad (Volkswagen Group Research) and Stephan Hengstermann (Bertrandt), the appointment of the new Steering Board’s Content & Service Chairman and the announcement of the TISA Annual Achievement Award winner.

Each year, TISA members gather for the annual General Assembly and Committee Meetings to summarize activities and achievements of the organization, operational matters, working groups and task forces and to exchange best practice with external and internal participants, who are regularly invited to give keynote speeches.

The first keynote speech was given by Volkswagen Research Group’s Aria Etemad. Mr. Etemand gave a presentation on Piloting Automated Driving on European Roads, focusing in particular on the EU project L3Pilot, which tests the viability of automated driving as a safe and efficient means of transportation on public roads. The project focuses on large-scale piloting of SAE Level 3 functions, with additional assessment of some Level 4 functions. The functionality of the systems will be exposed to variable conditions with 1,000 drivers and 100 cars across ten European countries, including cross-border routes. The technologies being tested cover a wide range of driving situations, including parking, overtaking on highways and driving through urban intersections. The tests will provide valuable data for evaluating technical aspects, user acceptance, driving and travel behaviour, as well as impact on traffic and safety. With the comprehensive piloting of automated driving functions in test vehicles, L3Pilot will pave the way for large-scale field tests of series cars on public roads.


The second keynote speech was given by Stephan Hengstermann from Bertrandt Group, a company that has been providing development solutions for the international automotive and aviation industries as well as the mechanical and plant engineering, energy, medical technology and electronics industries in Europe, China and the USA for more than 40 years. Mr. Hengstermann provided an overview of the company, its end-to-end Engineering Services, technologies and Car Body Development Process Chain, Virtual Development, Concept right up to Testing and Trials and Consulting and Support.

The third highlight of these meetings was the TISA Annual Achievement Award Ceremony. For 2019, the TISA Annual Achievement Award Committee (TAC) awarded Thomas Klein (Robert Bosch GmbH) for his long term commitment to the Location Table Release Team and representation of TISA in the OADF (Open Auto Drive Forum).

“I am proud of having received this award and it is a pleasure to be at this year’s General Assembly, to learn from the two keynote speeches, which are dealing with interesting topics that are relevant for the future of TISA”, said Mr. Klein.

Not only a new winner, but also a new Chairman for the Steering Board’s Content & Service Committee was announced. TISA members formally welcomed Andras Csepinszky and thanked former chairman Alessandro Taddei for his service and work.

Among the different matters discussed, the meetings provided participants information on the new TISA members since 2018 (Parkopedia, Mecom, XERBRIS, SK Telekom, ENGIS and Kuadeng), on the liaison with ITS stakeholders such as RDS Forum, WorldDAB, EU-EIP (European ITS Platform), DATEX II, Open Auto Drive Forum, NDS and the TM 2.0 Platform.  With the General Assembly and Committee Meetings concluded, TISA members are now getting ready for the next important appointment: the ITS World Congress in Singapore. TISA will be present at the European pavilion at stand # 375 together with GEWI, NDS, NNG, SENSORIS and ADASIS.


OADF meeting in Munich breaks attendance record

The 12th Open Auto Drive Forum event on June 12 took place in the Leonardo Royal Hotel in Munich, Germany. With nearly 120 participants, it was the best-visited OADF event ever. At the beginning, Matthias Unbehaun, OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director, introduced the new participants to the history, structure and objectives of the forum: The OADF aims to foster the collaboration of standardization organizations and individual experts for enabling automated driving with map support.

The program of the day consisted of inspiring speeches on making maps reliable for automated driving (Yali Wang from Baidu and Steffen Kuhn from Elektrobit), on generating HD maps from space (Hartmut Runge from the German Aerospace Center) and on a collaborative platform for updating maps (Emil Dautovic from Mapillary).

Following the tradition of the Open Auto Drive Forum events, all member organizations reported on their latest activities regarding automated driving: 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 and Satoru Nakajo from the University of Tokyo on SIP-adus. Furthermore, Klaus Estenfeld from ASAM reported on the OpenDrive standard for supporting driving simulations and on related activities in ASAM. Last but not least Christian Kleine from HERE gave insights to TN-ITS and its recent activities.

Around the lunch break, the meeting participants took the opportunity to discuss pressing topics for automated driving in a ‘World Café’. The discussions addressed the need for maps for automated driving, the need for the identification of stopping places for autonomous cars and highly reliable maps. Also, ways for improving the collaboration between Japan and Europe were discussed. The Word Café has proven to be a tool perfectly fitting to the spirit of the OADF of fostering the exchange of experts from different standardization organizations.

The next OADF event will be hosted by Kuandeng and take place on February 18th, 2020 in Beijing, China.

The OADF Steering Committee with the ASAM representative Klaus Estenfeld at the end of the successful 12th OADF event; from left to right: Klaus Estenfeld (ASAM Executive Director), Satoru Nakajo (representing SIP-adus), Jean-Charles Pandazis (ADASIS Coordinator), Prokop Jehlicka (SENSORIS Chairman), Matthias Unbehaun (OADF Speaker and TISA Executive Director) and Martin Schleicher (NDS Chairman)


TISA Members discuss automation, GDPR and Emergency Alerts and Warnings during March committee meetings

On 12 and 13 March, TISA Members gathered in Brussels for the Committee Meetings. Highlights of these two days were a presentation on “Privacy in the Age of the Connected Car” by Otonomo’s Director Business Development EMEA Rob Willekes and the presentation on “Emergency Alerts and Warnings” carried out by Teun Hendriks.

Given the accelerated technological developments for automated driving, it is very important for TISA Members to engage in discussions on how the various aspects related to automation in transport are tackled. In this sense, Otonomo provides a neutral automotive data service platform that paves the way for new apps and services, with the aim to help drivers, municipalities, mobility services and automotive manufacturers at global level to extract the most value from that data. Rob also touched on GDPR, and how this new set of rules can impact data sharing for autonomous vehicles and data sharing services, motivating Otonomo’s work on an anonymization engine.

The second highlight of these Committee Meetings was Teun Hendriks’ presentation on Emergency Alerts and Warnings (EAW) for TPEG. In case of hazards, the distribution of Emergency Alerts and Warnings (EAW) is enabled though messages, which are adapted and sent to media devices, such as phones, satellites, the internet and – with the addition of TPEG EAW – also navigation devices, where it can be used to both alert drivers in a way that does not disturb the driving task and to influence the routing of the vehicle to avoid concerned areas. TPEG EAW is based on the widely adopted Common Alerting Protocol (CAP).

The Committee Meetings were also an occasion for Members to discuss 4 new ideas proposed by the members, mainly focussing on the existing TPEG standard EMI (Electromobility Information) and learn about the MaaS Alliance and MaaS Activities, thanks to a presentation given by MaaS Alliance coordinator Piia Karjalainen.

The next Committee Meetings will take place in Brussels on 18 and 19 of June.

Presentations are also available:

  • Privacy in the Age of the Connected Car – Rob Willekes
  • Emergency Alerts and Warnings – Teun Hendriks


Meet the speakers for the next TISA Committee Meetings

TISA’s next Committee Meetings are taking place on 12 and 13 March at ERTICO’s premises in Brussels. These meetings will feature a guest speaker on the first day, Rob Willekes, who is the Director Business Development EMEA at Otonomo.

During the Committee meetings, new use cases will be presented and members will get a status update on all TISA activities, including specifications that are under development, a review of new and open UCPs, LTRT and TAWG status report, an update on the C-ITS Delegated act public consultation, the EU Electronic Communication Code and an update on the new work plan of the ITS Directive.

In addition, a presentation will be given by Teun Hendriks on TPEG2-EAW (Emergency Alert Warnings), following with a report presented by TISA’s I4AD Manager Rob van den Berg, who will focus on TPEG to support Automated Driving vehicles, and concluding with a presentation about MaaS Alliance’s activities by ERTICO’s Senior Manager and MaaS Alliance coordinator Piia Karjalainen.

GEWI TIC Software Adds Common Alert Protocol (CAP) for Emergency Notification

GEWI was founded in 1992 on for the purpose of distributing traffic and travel information.  From the earliest days of the TIC Software (known then as TMC Office), GEWI software was designed to distribute traffic data to navigation devices. First in RDS-TMC format, and as technology advanced, also in TPEG format.

Over the years dozens of product features have been added which can be combined to create a wide range of affordable off-the-shelf solutions for public and private organizations. GEWI’s most recent addition to the TIC Software is the Disaster Warning Product feature which can collect warnings in the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) format.

CAP allows a warning message to be consistently disseminated simultaneously over a wide range of warning systems. CAP increases warning effectiveness and simplifies the task of activating a warning for responsible officials. The CAP data structure is backward-compatible with existing alert formats as well with new technology such as the Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA).  As a TISA member, GEWI supports the development of the new TPEG application, Emergency Alert Warnings (EAW), which will be used to distribute the warnings and alerts.

TIC enables users to manually create information about disasters and distribute in CAP format information including:

  • Location of the disaster / emergency.
  • Details about what occurred.
  • Advice for area residents.
  • What areas are affected.
  • Who should be informed in the area.
  • Who should evacuate (evacuation zone).
  • Traffic restrictions in the area, closures, detours, etc.
  • Level of urgency.

TIC will now be able to collect Disaster Warnings in CAP format from multiple sources and distribute in CAP format. When using TIC to create Disaster Warning information, coded information about the road restrictions caused by the disaster and can be distributed to feed navigation systems today, and used by automated vehicles in the future.

For more information, visit www.gewi.com