The project partners will work together testing the interaction between roadside infrastructure, cloud-based software services and autonomous electric vehicles. Two types of vehicles will be used to research the interplay of intelligent infrastructure and vehicles: a highly automated single-seat car (Renault Twizzy) and a shuttle bus. For the tests, utility poles along the route have been equipped with laser scanners, radar units and cameras to monitor the overall traffic environment and precisely locate the vehicles.
According to Siemens Mobility CEO Michael Peter, the research project has a focus on testing the first and last mile in a multimodal mobility mix that includes autonomous vehicles. In such a constellation, the infrastructure is regarded as a critical component for providing secure and efficient on-demand transportation in urban and rural areas.