Executive Summary

Cooperative intelligent transport system (C-ITS) applications rely on knowledge of the geographical positions of vehicles. Unfortunately, satellite-based positioning systems (e.g., GPS and Galileo) are unable to provide sufficiently accurate position information for many important applications and in certain challenging but common environments (e.g., urban canyons and tunnels). This project addresses this problem by combining traditional satellite systems with an innovative use of on-board sensing and infrastructure-based wireless communication technologies (e.g., Wi-Fi, ITS-G5, UWB tracking, Zigbee, Bluetooth, LTE...) to produce advanced, highly-accurate positioning technologies for C-ITS. The results will be integrated into the facilities layer of ETSI C-ITS architecture and will thereby become available for all C-ITS applications, including those targeting the challenging use cases Traffic Safety of Vulnerable Users and Autonomous Driving/platooning. The project will therefore go beyond ego- and infra-structure-based positioning by incorporating them as building blocks to develop an enhanced European-wide positioning service platform based on enhanced Local Dynamic Maps and built on open European standards. Proof-of-concept systems developed in the project will combine infrastructure devices, reference vehicles, communication between road users and offline processing, and will be evaluated under real conditions at TASS' test site in Helmond, with the objective of assessing its capabilities to provide high precision positioning to C-ITS applications. When possible, codes and prototypes will be fully open-source and made available to the larger research community as well as to the automotive industry at the end of the project. All achievements will be published in top-tier events further guaranteeing an openaccess to all technical publications produced. The project also aims at a strong commitment to bringing the developed solutions to standardization bodies.

EURECOM is contributing to the following tasks - 

1. Definition of Communication and Facilities Protocols (preliminary and consolidated).

2. Enhanced extremely precise ranging technology.

3. Secured Cooperative Communication & Data Exchange for High-Precision Position Information.

4. High-Precision Mapping, Predictive Caching & Semantics.

5. European-wide Positioning Service Platform.

6. Definition and development of the ranging sub-system.

7. Cooperative radiolocation algorithms.

8. IoT/M2M architecture and interfaces for semantic treatment of maps and map exchange.

9. Location based applications for the IoT architecture.

10. Prototyping and evaluation.

11. Dissemination to research communities and standard development organizations.

Responsible from EURECOM

  1. Prof. Jerome Haerri, haerri [at] eurecom [dot] fr
  2. Prof. Dirk Slock, dirk [dot] slock [at] eurecom [dot] fr
  3. Mohammad-Irfan Khan, Mohammad-Irfan [dot] Khan [at] eurecom [dot] fr
  4. Soumya Kanti Datta, dattas [at] eurecom [dot] fr

For more information, visit the HIGHTS web page


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