CTAG, the Automotive Technology Centre of Galicia, and Groupe PSA are testing the contribution that communication technologies can make to the development of automated vehicle functions.
These tests are part of AUTOPILOT, the European project launched at the beginning of 2017 which explores and evaluates the contribution of new communication technologies, such as IoT (Internet of Things) or V2X (Vehicle to Everything), at the service of autonomous driving. The project is developed in five European cities, including the city of Vigo.
The tests carried out in Vigo focus on automated parking in car parks (with a demonstration in the City Hall parking lot), and autonomous driving in urban areas (with a demonstration in Gran Vía avenue) in which the following situations are studied:
- Adjustment to the optimal speed when approaching a traffic light and protection of vulnerable users
- The anticipation and adjustment of the vehicle speed, for a safer, more fluid and eco-responsible controlled driving, generating new mobility experiences
Ignacio Bueno, Director of Groupe PSA’s Vigo plant, said: “This project in Vigo supplements the trials already carried out by Groupe PSA in Galicia, other parts of Europe and China. These initiatives bring together the various components of the ecosystem that needs to be created in order to deploy the technologies enabling connected, autonomous vehicles.”
Luis Moreno, Managing Director of CTAG, said: “The AUTOPILOT project is enhancing CTAG’s research strategy and strengthening its position as a leading European centre for the development of smart vehicles. It is also consolidating our strategic partnership with Groupe PSA in the area of connected, autonomous driving.”
Abel Caballero, Mayor of Vigo: “By participating in this project, we are reaffirming the city’s commitment, begun ten years ago, to facilitate the integration of modern communication technologies with road infrastructure and traffic. The city will allow its current and future development and implementation. It is essential for safer and more comfortable citizen mobility, and reinforces our smart and sustainable city goals.”
Source: Press Release