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Workshop report released and upcoming events

The workshop report of the London event last year has been finalized and can be found here.

Additionally, the MAVEN project will be present at three upcoming events. The EU CAD conference on 2nd and 3rd of April, the ITS European congress from 2-6th of June with our final demonstrations and the IEEE IV congres with a final workshop for the academic world.

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Consultation on EC draft delegated act on C-ITS is open

Draft European legislation relating to the implementation of cooperative ITS has been published. The proposed delegated regulation does not mandate the deployment of C-ITS, rather it sets out the technical and legal specifications that must be adopted should C-ITS stations and services be implemented.

The main purpose of this regulation is to avoid a fragmentation of the internal market for C-ITS by establishing a set of minimum requirements enabling a coordinated and coherent deployment. The specifications contained within the draft delegated regulation apply to the full road network and its interfaces with other transport networks relevant to road safety and traffic efficiency, eg, rail crossings and port areas.

In essence, the act requires any C-ITS deployment:

  • To ensure interoperability between C-ITS stations in terms of services and communication technology through the adoption of standards and the development of common interfaces
  • Meets EU security requirements in terms of product conformity assessment and integrity of messages – in this respect an EU trust model is being built which will be managed by the European Commission
  • Adopts at least one of the priority day one C-ITS services listed in an annex.
  • Meets GDPR rules in relation to personal data and forbids the use of C-ITS data for law enforcement purposes.

Existing C-ITS services and stations must gradually fall in line with these rules.

A consultation is open until 8 February.

To download the draft act and to give feedback, click here.

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Start of 2019 & Final infrastructure deliverable published

First of all, the MAVEN team would like to wish you a fruitful and happy 2019! This will be the final year for the project as its end is in August 2019. During the last stage of the project the focus will be on activities like impact assessment, final event (at the European ITS Congress in June) and a final version of the transition roadmap.

In the last weeks of 2018, the last deliverable of WP4 was finalized. It is uploaded to the site and can be found here. It has a final overview of all infrastructure based innovations of the project like the new control algorithms for speed advice such as AGLOSA for actuated controllers and the improved predictability of adaptive control. There are also new concepts for queue modelling, routing, green wave and prioritization policy guidelines taking automated vehicles into account as a new stakeholder in the ecosystem.

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4th Newsletter released

The 4th newsletter of MAVEN has been uploaded to the website and can be found here.

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3rd MAVEN stakeholder Consultation Workshop with expert meeting

Last week at the 23rd and 24th of October the MAVEN consortium organized an expert meeting and stakeholder consultation workshop in cooperation with the TransAID, CoEXist and INFRAMIX projects. A report with the main findings is currently under development, but in the meantime the presentations of the expert group can already be found on our website under “documents” – “meetings”.
The presentations of the stakeholder workshop on the 24th are published on the POLIS website and can be accessed directly here.

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Third newsletter and updated deliverables

The 3rd newsletter of MAVEN has been uploaded to the website and can be found here. Additionally, the project has received feedback from experts involved in the H2020 review process which resulted in valuable suggestions to clarify the documentation of the project deliverables. Updated versions have been uploaded under documents – deliverables. Of course your feedback is also welcome and you can use the details under contact to send us your feedback or get in touch through linkedin or twitter.

We also want to highlight D8.4: Transition Roadmap. This document should help road authorities prepare for the transition to automated driving. It is the first version and a more extensive document will be published in the summer of 2019. The MAVEN workshop on the 24th will focus on this, but if you were not able to attend, do not hesitate to contact us with feedback!

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DLR tests Car2X communication in real traffic

– DLR is testing automated driving in the MAVEN project.
– Cooperative automated vehicles cross signalised intersections in Braunschweig.

The Institute for Transportation Systems of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) will be testing the crossing of a traffic light intersection with cooperative automated vehicles in Braunschweig in the beginning of October 2018 in the MAVEN (Managing Automated Vehicles Enhances Network) project. For this purpose, the antennas and measuring equipment already installed in connection with the application platform Intelligent Mobility (AIM) at the traffic lights at Tostmannplatz in Braunschweig will be used.

Communication between car and traffic light

One of the most important aspects of cooperative automated driving is the communication between equipped vehicles and the infrastructure (Car2X communication), such as traffic lights. “In the future, the road infrastructure must know at where road users move on intersections. Then it can optimally coordinate these movements – like a conductor in the orchestra,” explains Julian Schindler from the DLR Institute of Transportation Systems. The infrastructure installed at Tostmannplatz uses a camera to detect pedestrians and cyclists and transmits this information to automated vehicles for more precise and early detection. The security increases. In addition, the traffic lights provide speed and lane change recommendations to the vehicles.

New technique for testing with platoons

Within the EU project MAVEN, this technique has already been prototypically implemented on a test site, as can be seen in the video below (note that there is no sound):

The AGLOSA traffic control system shown in the video uses a new concept of integrating the traffic simulator SUMO into the controller and is further described in Deliverable 4.1 Cooperative adaptive traffic light with automated vehicles.

From the beginning of October, these will now be tested in real traffic. In addition to the existing technology of the Application Platform Intelligent Mobility (AIM), the traffic lights at Tostmannplatz will be equipped with additional measuring technology. A camera mounted on the light pole records anonymised data. Mobile cameras owned by the Institute support the results of the new camera scientifically in the beginning. The camera data is used to help the vehicles to “see around the corner”. Furthermore, automated vehicles are creating so called platoons which allow a close following. By doing so, automated vehicles can travel across the intersection with less distance to each other, so that more vehicles pass the traffic light during the green phase and the traffic lights are thus more effective. As a further development to the more well-known truck convoys that are currently being tested on freeways worldwide, the urban platoons from MAVEN focus on rapid adaptability to the environment, especially taking into account all non-automated road users. Platoons will constantly form and dissolve without restricting the behavior of other road users.

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MAVEN at ITS World congress and Big Data Expo

The week of 17-21st of September was a busy week for the MAVEN consortium when it came to dissemination. First of all the project was present at the year ITS World congress with several papers. Xiaoyun Zhang presented papers about cooperative queue data for adaptive traffic control and a joint paper with the XCycle project about green waves with speed advice. At the exhibition area people could of course come to the stands of the consortium partners for more information on MAVEN. Apart from presentations and exhibitions, the congress is of course also about informally meeting stakeholders who are active in the field. With this we noticed a high interest in our work on extended message sets as reported in D5.1, which is a signal that the impact of the MAVEN work is increasing.

 At the same time the Big Data Expo took place in Utrecht, the Netherlands. This event is organized for the rapidly growing field of data science and was attended by a large and varied group of the general public. The presentation given by Robbin Blokpoel focused on the AI and data aspects of traffic management and automated vehicles in specific. It was attended by over 150 people and received a lot of positive feedback. In conclusion it was a great experience to introduce the potential of automated driving and the innovative potential of MAVEN to a wider public.

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Successful field tests in Helmond

The MAVEN team has successfully tested the integration of the traffic control algorithms with the vehicle message extensions at the Helmond site. The tests were already performed in simulation, as was demonstrated here. However, a real world environment can always introduce unexpected challenges. Therefore, a cooperative vehicle was upgraded to support the MAVEN standards and seven test runs were executed to observe the behaviour in the real-world. Even though no extra priority was granted to the vehicle, positive effects could be observed at the controller in three test runs that could be attributed to the extra information provided by the MAVEN vehicle.

The team on site also made a VLOG video to share their experience:

In summary this was a very successful event and the project is looking forward to the next test event in February when the automated vehicle from Hyundai will test all field use cases of Helmond!

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Save the date: MAVEN workshop – 24/10/18 in Greenwich, London

The next MAVEN stakeholder workshop targeting local authorities will take place in Greenwich (London) on 24 October 2018.

The workshop’s aims are to:

  • explore in more detail how increasingly instrumented vehicles are likely to behave on urban roads and how this may affect the traffic management task and wider transport goals
  • provide insight to the role that communication technology can play in the shorter-term of connected transport and the longer-term of automated transport
  • promote reflection among local authorities on their traffic management role and responsibility as CCAV evolves
  • get your input on the traffic management policies the MAVEN project will evaluate in its final phase

Local authorities are the main target group of this workshop; however, it is also open to other urban transport stakeholders with an interest in CCAV. A small budget to help cover the travel expense of local authority representatives is available.

The draft agenda will be available soon. Meanwhile, online registration can be found here.