C-Roads Belgium / Flanders

Description

The main objective of the C-Roads Flemish pilot is to operate and assess the deployment of a cloud based ‘virtual infrastructure’ for an effective deployment of C- ITS services connecting road users with the Traffic Management Centre (TMC) while allowing the TMC to directly interact with end users. The pilot also will bring an opportunity to upgrade Traffic Information Services and Traffic Management Services as offered today.

At the test site existing cellular based 3G-4G/LTE mobile communication networks will be used in combination with the HERE Location Cloud and the local Traffic Management Centre’s applications. This should allow a group of approximately 1000 test drivers to receive and potentially update selected Safety Related Traffic Information (SRTI) using low latency data exchange, in line with the European Commission Delegated Regulation 886/2013 and the recommendations of the final report (phase I) of the EU C-ITS platform.

The C-Roads Belgium/Flanders pilot will focus on at least the following C-ITS services:

  • Slow or stationary vehicle(s)
  • Traffic jam ahead warning
  • Road works warning
  • Shockwave damping

The Flemish ministry also is partner in the Arc Atlantique corridor action to improve the level of service of TIS and TMS on the core network.

Location Description

C-ITS services will be provided on all motorways part of the core network in Flanders – including E17/ E19, E34 and E40 that are part of TEN-T corridors. Emphasis however will be given to the area around Antwerp and the motorways connecting Antwerp with the Netherlands: R001, E19, E34 (all core) and E313 (comprehensive), whereas the main Flemish test area will concentrate on the (common) E34 – E313 segment East of Antwerp. As such motorways E34 (Antwerp – Eindhoven) and E313 (Antwerp – Liège) will be targeted for detailed evaluation purposes (cfr: a subset of the driver population will be subject to an in-depth survey). Motorway E313 carries significant freight flows from and to the industrial Ruhr area (Germany) and suffers severe congestion & frequent accidents justifying the extended ‘targeted evaluation area’ as proposed.

Implementing Bodies

The services will be implemented by the consortium partners: Flemish Department of Mobility, HERE, ITS.be, Tractebel Engineering

Schedule

Planned timeline:

  • Q1/2017 - Q2/2018: Use case definitions, requirements and analysis
  • Q3/2018 - Q4/2018: System set-up, fine-tune, testing & verification, driver acquisition & promotion
  • Q1/ 2019:  test drives, making use of a trusted fleet
  • Q2/2019 - Q4/2019:  System is operational
  • Q2/2019 - Q3/2020: Evaluation

 Planned Deliverables:

  • selected C-ITS use cases to be supported via the HERE Cloud
  • an Android OS based application to road users
  • a dedicated User interface for the Traffic Management Centre
  • a Web based interface for educating and instructing drivers
  • test site in operation
  • summary report on the operations performed and lessons learned

Key Performance Indicators

The evaluation plan will describe the services to be evaluated, the Key Performance Indicators (KPI) that will be used for evaluation and the methodology to measure these KPI’s. In order to compare evaluation results of the various C-Roads test sites, KPI’s and the overall methodology is to be timely discussed and concluded in the C-Roads platform Evaluation Working Group.

A dedicated ‘pilot’ evaluation plan will be drafted in parallel with the detailed design of the pilot operations.

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