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Sensors on vehicles and infrastructure to improve safety and efficiency – with European funding

Livorno (Italy) – An innovative way to manage mobility through sensors placed on vehicles and infrastructures? A week of technological experimentation on the port of Livorno, featuring dozens of installations set up by world-class companies and a day of conferences and field demonstrations on Friday 19th, was organised to conclude the technical activities that enabled the integration of devices in vehicles, on roadside infrastructure, in radio rooms and information systems, and allow automatic driving using information and communication technologies.

‘After hosting the first European experimentation on the interoperability of intelligent transport systems (the ETSI Plugtest) between November 9th and 17th, 2016, the Livorno haven was designated by the European Union as a national testing site for new intelligent driving services’ the Port Authority writes in a note. The objective is clear: to connect every type of car and heavy vehicle to the port and road infrastructures of the Tuscany Region. The initiative, organized by the Authority of the Northern Tyrrhenian Sea Port System with the support of the Tuscany Region and coordination by the European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Co-ordination Organization (ERTICO), is an integral part of AUTOPILOT, one of the five projects funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 call for projects for Large-Scale Pilots enabling the Internet of Things.

The project involves 47 partners such as NEC, IBM, Huawei, VEDECOM, Continental, TNO, and T-Systems. Italian beneficiaries include the CNIT, who has the role of test site leader; AVR, the company in charge of operations on FiPiLi; and TIM, who provides the digital platform for aggregating, publishing and storing data. In addition, the Mario Boella Institute of Turin and the FIAT Research Center (CRF), who will supply autonomous vehicles, and THALES, will deal with aspects related to the security of digital platforms and data.

The results of the project will be presented on October 19th to the seaport industry and to public and private bodies involved in the regulation of autonomous driving on a large scale, such as cities, rail yards, or seaports.

The event will be hosted at the cruise ship terminal in the passenger area of the Port of Livorno. In the check-in area there will be a conference space and a space for working groups and remote demonstrations.


This article has been translated from the Italian version published on the magazine “The MediTelegraph – Shipping & Internmodal Transport”. The original article can be found in the news under the category “Italian press”.