Highways

Connected Transport Consultants

Client Department for Transport
Project Value £
Status Ongoing

What did we do

Commencing in 2016, our Technology team collaborated with other experts from the Department for Transport, Transport for London, Highways England, Kent County Council, and their European counterparts.

The scheme deployed and evaluated new ITS and C-ITS technologies on the A2/M2 corridor from central London through to Dover. The systems interoperate with partner projects in the Netherlands, Belgium and France.

Our team was responsible for orchestrating the initial phase of the project and along with the Department for Transport, oversighting its progress and planning its evaluation, providing technical expertise across project management, technical support and project evaluation disciplines.

This work extends to liaising with, and working with peer road authorities in France, Belgium and the Netherlands where similar schemes are being deployed and Interoperability between the UK and European systems is being tested.

 

Solution

In its first phase, new C-ITS services in Road Works Warning, Probe Vehicle Data, In-Vehicle Signing and Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory were deployed and tested for their technical proficiency and impact.

This new set of communication standards and technologies enables seamless and borderless I2V, V2I and V2V communication, approved by ETSI, providing the foundations connected transport, across Europe and potentially the world.

The initial focus of this wider project has been to allow communications between vehicles and the roadside, using:

  • Roads Works Warning
    • Providing data from roadside technology to in-vehicle heads-up and navigation displays, informing drivers of road works ahead.
  • Probe Vehicle Data
    • Where a vehicle anonymously reports (for example) its speed, braking force and weather conditions to the roadside.
  • In-vehicle signing
    • Duplication of roadside signage, such as speed limits and junctions, as a persistent message on in-vehicle displays
  • Green Light Optimised Speed Advisory (GLOSA)
    • Allowing drivers to start deceleration and avoid breaking for red lights ahead, or maintaining speed for green lights, for greater efficiency, less pollution, and smoother journeys.

Communication channels were tested individually and in combination for technical competence in delivering real-time safety notifications directly into vehicles. This determined how a combined G5 and 4G (5G) communications service might offer the best overall solution in the near future.

Our pivotal role in this breakthrough project is set to define the future of connected transport.