European CO-GISTICS project to run demonstrations at ITS World Congress


The first European project fully dedicated to the deployment of cooperative intelligent transport systems (C-ITS) focused on logistics, will be conducting real-world demonstrations at the 23rd ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, on October 10-14.

CO-GISTICS – a European consortium of 33 local authorities, logistics and freight organizations, large private companies and SMEs working toward the deployment of cooperative ITS services for logistics – will present its two services: speed advice (GLOSA) and Cargo Transport Optimization. The demonstration site will be a network of traffic signal junctions at Albert Park Lake, which is the home of the F1 Melbourne Grand Prix and located approximately 2.7 miles (4.3km) from the congress venue, the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Center (MCEC).

A return bus service will bring delegates to and from the demonstration venue for the duration of the congress. Most of this 3.9-mile (5.3km) circuit will be used for demonstrations in live traffic, with a 1.2-mile (2km) section exclusively secured for World Congress autonomous driving demonstrations.

A G5 OBU (onboard unit) will be installed in the bus driving between the congress center and the demonstration area. The G5 OBU application will be available to the driver and to the passengers through several smartphones.

The OBU will recover traffic light information in the SPAT/MAP format and will permit the display of Green Light Optimal Speed Advice (GLOSA). The CO-GISTICS demonstration will take traffic signal status information from Melbourne City Council’s traffic management system (TMS) and deliver speed advice to the buses, permitting them to get a green light. The project’s Cargo Transport Optimization system has been added to the demonstration by integrating these services to the GLOSA interface. The driver of the bus will receive and send information concerning the delivery and pick up of goods. They will also have access to the Here navigation tool and an optimization of customs management.

As well as the real-world demonstration, CO-GISTICS will also be present at two special interest and two technical paper sessions. The special interest session ‘C-ITS for Optimizing Transport and Logistics of Goods’ will explain how C-ITS can optimize each transport leg, such as eco driving, speed advice at intersections, or reduction of time spent looking for a parking place using real-time information on available spaces. The speakers will also present their experience of the benefits of C-ITS to the transport of goods acquired through several projects and pilots, including the Compass4D, CO-GISTICS and CORE, European projects, and two French national projects, Noscifel and GeotransMD.

The ‘Knowledge and Understanding of Urban Freight Distribution and Service Trips’ session will cover how ITS solutions involving public and private stakeholders can be used for implementing efficient rules for urban freight transport. Coordinated policies for a more sustainable urban mobility will help to make the public aware of their benefits and advantages. This session aims to provide knowledge and understanding of freight distribution and service trips, and will discuss the take up process in cities worldwide.

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