AutoNet2030 – Co-operative Systems in Support of Networked Automated Driving by 2030

AutoNet2030 shall develop and test a co-operative automated driving technology, based on a decentralized decision-making strategy which is enabled by mutual information sharing among nearby vehicles. The project is aiming for a 2020-2030 deployment time horizon, taking into account the expected preceding introduction of co-operative communication systems and sensor based lane-keeping/cruise-control technologies. By taking this approach, a strategy can be worked out for the gradual introduction of fully automated driving systems, which makes the best use of the widespread existence of co-operative systems in the near-term and makes the deployment of fully automated driving systems beneficial for all drivers already from its initial stages.

The inter-vehicle co-operation is meant not only among automated vehicles, but it also extends to manually-driven vehicles. Drivers shall receive maneuvering instructions on their HMI; the ergonomy and non-distraction of this new user interface shall be validated. This system shall be optimized to make safe, predictable, and efficient maneuvering decisions.

The technology developed in AutoNet2030 shall be validated through drive-testing and simulation tools. The final results shall be showcased in late 2016.

 Background and objectives

The AutoNet2030 project addresses fully automated driving of road vehicles enabled by low-latency and reliable communication among vehicles with support of roadside communication infrastructure. The objective of AutoNet2030 is to research and validate procedures for interaction control among co-operative vehicles, which are applicable for controlling generic road traffic flows in highway and urban scenarios. The main idea is to use decentralized algorithms for spontaneous local group formation: (i) convoys using cooperative advance cruise control (C-ACC) function and (ii) platoons with a tighter local control. The system also extends to manually-driven and legacy vehicles, which means that the automated vehicles will locally coordinate the maneuvering of all surrounding vehicles.


 Vodafone chair contribution

Our research addresses communication aspects in support of automated driving, in particular on the design of a novel protocol for control area management and on the enhancements of existing protocols for cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems. The performance of the developed system will be evaluated by means of simulations (network simulator, ns-3). The Vodafone Chair will also contribute to the project's proof-of-concept implementation and demonstration.

The people involved in the AutoNet2030 project within the Vodafone Chair are the following:

 Project data

This research project is carried out in the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, partially funded by the European Union. It started in November 2013 and it will end in September 2016. Project partners in addition to the Vodafone Chair of TU Dresden are BroadBit (Slovakia), BaseLabs (Germany), Centro Ricerche Fiat (Italy), ARMINES (France), Volvo Technogy Corp. (Sweden), Hitachi Europe (UK), École Polytechique Fédérale de Lausanne (Switzerland) and the Institute of Communication & Computer Systems (Greece).