The overall aim of the C-Roads Ireland C-ITS pilot is to deploy, trial and evaluate Day-1 and future C-ITS services. The pilot will include development of services to align with Irish priorities, whilst recognising relevant standards and regulation. The pilot will test and evaluate C-ITS services on the Irish Roads Network, predominantly on the Irish TEN-T network and strategic routes to and within Dublin City. The pilot will consider how the wider Cooperative, Connected and Automated Mobility (CCAM) model supports C-ITS and wider CCAM considerations.
The objectives of the Irish C-Roads national pilot is as follows:
- Deploy a national C-ITS pilot and understand the issues associated with developing, delivering and operating C-ITS services,
- Understand how C-ITS infrastructure and service provision may be scaled to include all Day 1 and Day 1+ services,
- Test, validate and evaluate the impact of the piloted C-ITS services to understand how this may impact the network and operations and when scaled to higher levels of penetration,
- Evaluate the impact of C-ITS from a technological, safety, efficiency and compliance perspective and using established guidance from the C-Roads Working Groups, wider European guidance and agreed national approaches,
- Develop an understanding of the opportunities and limitations of system interoperability, and network operations considering the policy, regulations and standards requirements for C-ITS
- To enable Ireland’s road operators and industry partners to improve their knowledge of future disruptive technologies, and provide a meaningful contribution to the EU knowledge management group/s
- To support and drive industry involvement which will accelerate C-ITS service development and deployment and support the development of a hybrid network which is fit for the future, and
- Deliver test and evaluation data and information that can be used to develop a business case for permanent and wider deployment and inform the operating model for C-ITS Services. This data would be considered with the evaluation of data from other C-Roads trials.
The route of the C-ITS pilot will have 5 sections:
- Section 1 runs from the border with Northern Ireland, to Drogheda
- Section 2 starts at Drogheda and includes the M1 to the M50 and includes the M50 until the M50 joins the M7
- Section 3 includes the M7 and M8 to Cork
- Section 4 will test some of the urban services within Dublin
- Section 5 includes the M7 towards Limerick and the M18
Transport Infrastructure Ireland will be the Implementing Body.
- 2019/20 – Planning, procurement and development of systems/solutions
- 2020/22 – Pilot deployment, operations and trials
- 2022/23 – Pilot evaluation and assessments, including planning for wider deployment