ITS WC V2X, DSRC, CAV, Connected Cars and Smart Cities

At 2017 ITS World Congress there are many connected car and smart city announcements, papers and demonstrations. Companies include Toyota, TrafficCast, DENSO, Trafficware, Commsignia, IBI Group, Cubic Transportation, Teledyne Dalsa (TD), Teledyne Optech (TO) and SwRI.

The Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America, amed Shailen Bhatt as President & Chief Executive Officer. Bhatt joins ITS America with an extensive background in promoting and advocating for intelligent transportation, most recently as the Executive Director of Colorado Department of Transportation.

TrafficCast & DENSO Partner for V2X Bluetooth, DSRC and Bluetooth Signal Detections

TrafficCast and DENSO, announced at the ITS World Congress in Montreal, the signing of a Joint Development Agreement. The collaboration will combine TrafficCast’s market leading Bluetooth® signal detection with DENSO’s Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) device that is critical to V2X communications needed for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV).

The innovation enables complementary sensor functionality in a single roadside device by combining two wireless technologies, TrafficCast’s BlueTOAD Spectra RSU (2.4 GHz) system with DENSO’s DSRC (5.9 GHz) technology. The device will guide safety and mobility applications for CAV initiatives, while also providing synchronization with transportation agency Travel Time and Performance Measures objectives.

The collaboration will extend to the BlueARGUS traffic analytics software which currently supports BlueTOAD. BlueARGUS will be optimized for travel-time and CV data visualization using paired and unpaired Bluetooth detection, along with traffic signal phase and timing (SPaT) and Basic Safety Message (BSM) data. By implementing this integrated safety and mobility traffic monitoring system, traffic agencies and planners can attain ROI on day one for their adoption of performance measures evaluations and connected vehicle initiatives.

TrafficCast provides travel time forecasting, road speed monitoring and other traffic-related information, with technology, applications and content based on advanced digital traffic data. TrafficCast informs navigation and driver information services for a range of providers serving the interactive, mobile, enterprise markets and the public sector. TrafficCast’s BlueTOAD travel time system is the market leader in Bluetooth® signal detection technologies, used in performance measures assessments to manage travel times, road speeds and route choice behaviors. The company is based in Madison, Wisconsin, with offices in Philadelphia, Atlanta, Chicago, Washington, California, Florida, Colorado and Shanghai.

V2X DSRC Joint Implementation of Trafficware and Commsignia

Trafficware  and Commsignia are implementing of V2X DSRC communication technology integrated with Trafficware’s suite of smart traffic signal technology for the growing number of Smart City and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications.

Marrying Commsignia’s best-in-class vehicle to everything (V2X) communication software, onboard (OBU) and roadside units (RSU) with live data from traffic signals allows transportation agencies and automobile OEMs to provide enhanced motorist services.

Data provided by Trafficware’s signal controllers, wireless sensors, and central transportation management software,, will enhance safety, allow for emergency vehicle prioritization, bus prioritization, and provide meaningful content to motorists. That “talking intersection” information includes providing optimal driving speed to reach the intersection green light sequence, intersection signal status, and optimal travel time from point A to point B, reducing the number of stops, idling at red lights and ultimately reducing emissions.

Commsignia was selected by Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) for the Tampa Connected Vehicle Pilot that employs vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication technology to improve safety and traffic conditions in downtown Tampa. This was one of three sites selected for the US Department of Transportation’s Connected Vehicle Pilot Deployment Program, which seeks to spur innovation among early adopters. Commsignia expects to supply onboard units (OBUs) for approximately 1,600 cars, 10 buses and 10 trolleys.

Commsignia is the market’s most dynamic V2X company thanks to its cutting-edge technology and market ready portfolio. Commsignia specializes in Connected Car / V2X “Safer on the Road” software and hardware products compatible with IEEE 802.11p standards and DSRC and future Cellular V2X / 5G technologies. Commsignia is helping to build the next generation autonomous car and smart mobility ecosystem that will make driving safer whilst reducing congestion and lowering emissions. Commsignia supplies best-in-class V2X (Car2X) Communication Software, hybrid V2X /ADAS Applications with robust PKI and SCMS security, a V2X SDK as well as OnBoard (OBU) and Roadside Units (RSU) for connected car and Smart City deployments.

Trafficware, based outside of Houston, specializes in research, design, and development of electronic equipment and software for the transportation industry. Trafficware’s industry expertise includes hands-on experience solving traffic management challenges around the world, earning the company a reputation for unmatched quality. The company’s flagship Synchro® traffic simulation and analysis product alone is used by engineers in more than 90 countries around the world. The company also manufactures a full line of traffic equipment at its 100,000 square-foot technology center. Trafficware’s growth is backed by KRG Capital Partners, a private equity firm with more than $4 billion in capital.

Smart City Success in IBI Group’s White Paper

Technology-driven design firm, IBI Group released a whitepaper on the ‘Top 10 Smart City Success Factors’ before 2017 ITS World Congress.The whitepaper draws on the firm’s experience designing smart cities and delivering intelligent transportation systems internationally, and sheds light on the key elements required for cities to develop and implement a successful strategy.

Peters presented his ideas during a symposium. IBI Group is a Gold sponsor of the Smart Cities Pavilion at the 2017 ITS World Congress. The annual, international conference sees public and private-sector exhibitors and attendees from across the world networking, showcasing the latest technologies, and discussing the future of mobility.

Cubic Transportation Demos

Cubic Transportation is showcasing the following

  • Cubic Transport Management Platform: specializes in the development and supply of complex traffic management systems for the monitoring and control of urban and intra-urban road networks.
  • Cubic Virtual Ticket Agent: a self-service virtual ticket kiosk that allows public transit agencies to decrease or eliminate the need for customer service representatives at the least busy stations on a rail line, improve customer service at unattended devices and more easily address clients speaking different languages.
  • The Next-Generatin NextBus Platform: the leader in RTPI systems designed for multimodal transit agencies, authorities and operators. The NextBus Suite introduces a new Transit Management as a Service (TMaaS) cloud-based and machine learning architecture that will deliver further enhanced RTPI, proactive transit fleet operations and mobile user experience.
  • Tools for Autonomous Logistics Operations and Management (TALON): software capable of coordinating fleets of thousands of autonomous vehicles. TALON is an ambitious initiative built from a partnership between Cubic, Immense Simulations and cloud-based simulation pioneers Improbable.

Teledyne Dalsa & Optech Imaging Solutions

Teledyne Dalsa (TD) and Teledyne Optech (TO) are showcasing their latest imaging solutions for intelligent transportation systems in live demonstrations at ITS Word Congress 2017.

TD will be displaying the Genie Nano with resolutions from VGA to 25 megapixels that offer range in sensor size and image quality with more than 40 color and monochrome models. It will have a live demonstration, and its multi-exposure feature is useful for red light camera and license plate capture.

TO will showcase their ultra-light lidar/ camera mobile mapper, Maverick, which it claims can collect data anywhere and everywhere. Mounted on a backpack, Segway or vehicle the solution collects dense lidar data and 360° camera imagery

SwRI Research Traffic Management CyberSecurity

Southwest Research Institute received a $750,000 contract award from the Transportation Research Board to help state and local agencies address cyber-attack risks on current transportation systems and those posed by future connected vehicles. TRB is part of the private, nonprofit National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

SwRI will lead the two-year project with support from Praetorian, a leading cybersecurity assessment and advisory firm. The team will conduct a security audit of traffic management systems and develop a web-based guide to help transportation agencies learn to safeguard equipment.

“The goal is to create security guidance for traffic management centers,” said Daniel Zajac, a SwRI engineer and principal investigator for the effort. “IT and security personnel need to understand threats to their equipment, standards for managing passwords, and then move up to advanced network security.”

More than 400,000 traffic signal systems across the United States have varying levels of network access and embedded security. System managers and government stakeholders may be unaware of cyber risks to controllers, dynamic message signs, road-weather information systems, and other devices that relay data.

SwRI’s assessment will include “white hat” hacking, or penetration testing, to assess vulnerabilities and recommend mitigation strategies. The recommendations will also consider how agencies with limited resources can implement cybersecurity measures.

For the future, SwRI’s research will also evaluate potential access points where hackers might exploit connected vehicles. Government agencies and the automotive industry are preparing vehicles and transportation infrastructure to include more wireless networking to enable safer driving with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications.

SwRI has been developing and deploying advanced transportation management systems, or ATMS, for over 20 years and develops multiple fully autonomous vehicles, connected vehicles, and intelligent vehicle testing tools and procedures through a variety of U.S. Department of Transportation-funded programs and multiple connected and automated vehicle cyber security research efforts.

SwRI is displaying at Booth No. 2115 during ITS World Congress.

Econolit’s CEO Mike Doyle in Congress World of Fame

Econolite today announced that its Chairman and CEO Mike Doyle has been inducted into the ITS World Congress Hall of Fame. Doyle received the Lifetime Achievement Award October 30th, during the 2017 ITS World Congress opening ceremony in Montréal, Canada.

Doyle is recognized for his leadership, vision, and achievements in helping shape Intelligent Transportation Systems from its beginning to the industry we know today. The ITS Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes a person who personifies the highest standards of leadership, and has helped drive the ITS industry forward.

Toyota Smart Mobility

Toyota Motor Corporation (Toyota) is exhibiting at the 24th Intelligent Transportation System (ITS).

Toyota expects is showcasing its extensive work targeted toward the creation of a smart mobility society that links people, cars, and cities. The Toyota booth will present “Cooperative ITS,” an important safety technology with the aim of achieving zero traffic fatalities–the ultimate aim of a future mobility society. Additional presentations include “Connected Services Using a Wireless Communicating Drive Recorder” and “Ha:mo Next-generation Transport System Aiming for a Traffic Society that is Environmentally Friendly and can Comfortably Move.”

Toyota is demonstrating its safety philosophy and its current cooperative ITS services extending into the future. With the use of the “experiences zone,” which is arranged to showcase virtual reality (VR) and a driving simulator, Toyota hopes to introduce the use of its potential services it has in mind for the future. Toyota also is displaying the latest technical trends, such as initiatives in Japan and elsewhere, toward the popularization and development of future cooperative ITS.

Using a wireless communicating drive recorder, Toyota shows service examples that utilize collected data such as front camera images and real-time vehicle data. Toyota also introduces the “Ha:mo” system, which allows people and the town to move comfortably by using an optimal combination of personal vehicles, such as cars and public transportation.

Toyota has been an active participant since the first Congress, exhibiting research results on ITS technologies, safety, and environment-related products and services.