Connectivity & Automation

New cooperative systems and connected cars transform the way vehicles interact with their surroundings. Car-to-user, car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communication play an important role in our mobility. Real-time traffic information and vehicle infotainment structure make cars more intelligent, bringing additional benefits to users.

Connected and automated driving will bring safe, smart and sustainable solutions for a wide range of road mobility challenges. It will improve road safety and reduce travel time, energy consumption and congestion.

Cybersecurity, Liability & Safety

Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems - C-ITS

In the very near future vehicles will interact directly with each other and with the road infrastructure. This interaction is the domain of Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which will allow road users and traffic managers to share information and use it to coordinate their actions.

This cooperative element – enabled by digital connectivity between vehicles and between vehicles and transport infrastructure – is expected to significantly improve road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort of driving, by helping the driver to take the right decisions and adapt to the traffic situation.

Communication between vehicles, infrastructure and other road users is also crucial to increase the safety of future automated vehicles and their full integration in the overall transport system. Cooperation, connectivity, and automation are not only complementary technologies; they reinforce each other and will over time merge completely.

Data Management

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Truck Platooning

Truck Platooning comprises a number of trucks equipped with state-of-the-art driving support systems – one closely following the other. This forms a platoon with the trucks driven by smart technology, and mutually communicating. Truck platooning is innovative and full of promise and potential for the transport sector.

With the following trucks braking immediately, with zero reaction time, platooning can improve traffic safety. Platooning is also a cost-saver as the trucks drive close together at a constant speed. This means lower fuel consumption and less CO2 emissions. And, lastly, platooning efficiently boosts traffic flows thereby reducing tail-backs. Meanwhile the short distance between vehicles means less space taken up on the road.

At the same time the impact of truck platooning goes far beyond the transport sector. Automated driving and smart mobility also offer realistic chances to optimise the labour market, logistics and industry.

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