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City settings and mobility challenges
North-Brabant is a province, located in the southeast of The Netherlands, of just over 5.000 km2 with 2,5 million inhabitants. Important motorways for transport from the harbour of Rotterdam, leading to (south and east) Germany, are running through North-Brabant. These motorways are also crowded with commuting traffic between the larger cities Tilburg, Eindhoven, and Venlo as well as between the south of the Netherlands and the more densely populated western part of The Netherlands. Cycling is also a popular way of commuting in The Netherlands, especially within the cities. Due to the traffic being mixed in the cities, cyclists and pedestrians are at risk of being hit by a vehicle, despite all the infrastructure. The motorways as well as the large cities in North-Brabant, like Helmond, Eindhoven and Tilburg, suffer from traffic jams and congestions. This causes economic losses as well as citizens suffering from polluted air.
North-Brabant considers C-ITS solutions a possibility to mitigate these problems, and therefor built several pilot sites where C-ITS services (aimed at increasing safety, mitigating congestion, and/or reducing environmental issues) are being tested.
Eindhoven and Helmond are the two cities in the southeast of the province of Noord-Brabant involved with urban deployments. In terms of population, Eindhoven has been the fifth municipality of the Netherlands since 1961. Eindhoven has 231,642 inhabitants (January 1, 2019) on an area of 88.84 km². Helmond has 92,420 inhabitants on an area of 54.57 km².
In North Brabant 9 C-ITS services are deployed based on both ITS-G5 and cellular communication technologies. Services such as Road works warning, Road hazard warning, Signal violation warning, GLOSA are provided to car drivers using a Smartphone app with cellular technologies. Green priority is provided both to truck drivers and emergency vehicles and these services are implemented through ITS-G5 communication technologies.
The service Emergency Vehicle Warning is provided via OBUs (ITS-G5) installed in trucks. Passing cyclists at an instrumented intersection will experience the service Cooperative traffic light for VRU, which uses camera detections to provide green priority for large cyclists groups. The service Urban Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control (U-CACC) connects to equipped intersections using the ITS-G5 network to ensure safe automated driving and automated stopping at traffic lights.
In North-Brabant both cellular and ITS-G5 communication technologies are deployed for to provide road users with C-ITS services.
The Cloud hosted platform of the NDW keeps a live tracking of all road concerns, including the position of road works and other relevant road hazards. At the same time, it generates the corresponding ITS-G5 messages according to the situations detected.
The RSU is connected to the traffic light controller (TLC) to acquire Signal Phase and Timing (SPaT) information. GLOSA, Signal Violation Warning and Green Priority services run on the RSUs and use the information from the TLC to encode MAP/SPaT and DENM information. For the Signal Violation Warning the CAM messages of the vehicles are used to evaluate if a vehicle is (about to) violate the red light. There is also an interface to accept the CAM messages from the TMC level for the service Cooperative Traffic Light for Vulnerable Road Users.
In the C-ITS deployments of North-Brabant the drivers use a smartphone in order to receive information from the Local Operational Web Server related to GLOSA, traffic and road hazards. An ITS-G5 OBU is used for Green Priority services.
The smartphone provides regular updates of their location (using a geofencing) to keep the web server updated of the position of the vehicles.
An Android app is being tested (only by employees of TNO and the City of Helmond) in Helmond, based on cellular communication, developed by Applus+ IDIADA. Users can use their preferred navigation app (Google Maps, MAPS.ME, etc.) while this app is functioning in the background.
The following services are being tested in the North-Brabant app: Road Works Warning, Road Hazard Warning, GLOSA, Signal Violation Warning. For ITS-G5 services an OBU, and App as HMI is used from Dynniq.
The end users in Eindhoven consist of various cycle-lane users (including bicycles, wheelchairs, mobility-scooters, scooters, etc.), taxi drivers and pedestrians at the Blind Spot Detection and Warning System for Pedestrian service at the Central Station location.
In Helmond the end users are the fire brigade and police services, and several transport companies (Van den Broek, Lavans, Hurkmans) for testing the Green Priority and the Emergency Vehicle Warning services, plus the TNO and City of Helmond employees for testing the smartphone App provided by IDIADA.
The following stakeholders collaborate in the DS of North Brabant service various purposes. Strategic partners such as:
• Eindhoven City Council: Public authority; providing the necessary means and connections to implement, deploy and successfully test the services in the region of Eindhoven, and managing data providers.
• Helmond City Council: Public authority providing the necessary means and connections to implement, deploy and successfully test the services in the city of Helmond and the highway A270, and managing data providers, and providing access to emergency vehicles.
Development partners such as:
• Dynniq: C-ITS system provider
• Macq SA: VRU protection systems; providing camera detection system, and image processing algorithms
• TU/e: developing architectures for mobility
• TNO: developing and deploying urban CACC and Truck Platooning
• IDIADA: developing Apps for C-ITS services
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