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

TomTom partners with Microsoft to power cloud offerings with location-based services

TomTom and Microsoft have announced that they are expanding their partnership, bringing TomTom’s maps and traffic data into a multitude of mapping scenarios across Microsoft’s cloud services. With this broadened integration, TomTom will be a leading location data provider for Microsoft Azure and Bing Maps. TomTom is also expanding its relationship with Microsoft, selecting Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud provider.

Azure Maps delivers secured location APIs to provide geospatial context to data. The Azure Maps service enhances the value of the Microsoft Azure cloud platform that is helping enterprises and developers create IoT, mobility, logistics and asset tracking solutions. TomTom providing their map data and services is a significant component for completing these enterprise customer scenarios.

Anders Truelsen, Managing Director, TomTom Enterprise said, “TomTom is proud of the relationship we’ve built with Microsoft to offer Microsoft Azure customers access to build location-aware applications and look forward to deepening that relationship as we extend our high-quality location technologies to an even larger audience base. We’re excited to be chosen as the location data provider to power mapping services across all of Microsoft, including Bing, Cortana, Windows and many other leading products and the innovations that will come forward in this continued relationship.”

“This deep partnership with TomTom is very different from anything Microsoft has done in maps before”, said Tara Prakriya, Partner Group Program Manager of Azure Maps and Connected Vehicles. “TomTom hosting their services in the Azure cloud brings with it their graph of map data. Manufacturing maps in Azure reduces the latency to customer applications, ensuring we offer the freshest data through Azure Maps. Azure customers across industries end up winning when their geospatial data and analytics, TomTom data, and Azure Maps services are all running together in the same cloud.”

Azure Maps lights up a multitude of location scenarios for Microsoft. Azure customers now have native support ranging from building map-based dashboards to visualize IoT spatial analytics to mobility scenarios for vehicle movement. For example, in agriculture, customers can easily track utilization of farm sensors for crops, livestock, tractors and more to optimize production. Using the Azure Maps routing services powered by TomTom allows for insightful distribution of goods originating from farmlands to retail, restaurants and home delivery. Using the freshest maps and traffic information can determine delivery range, optimize delivery routes and provide customer insights into delivery status.

TomTom providing the freshest map and traffic information in combination with Azure Maps services and SDKs will help perpetuate improved smart city applications. Azure Maps SDKs using TomTom services make it simple to render a multitude of data sets from a variety of sources  such as real-time parking meter rates, street-specific traffic, addressing carbon footprint, reducing noise pollution and more in a consolidated, map-based application for visualization of pertinent city information crucial to its citizens.  

Source: TomTom