Madrid C-Roads Spain pilot: How will the project work on the M-30?

Publicado el 02/03/2020
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Emesa and Madrid Calle 30 are the coordinators of the  project Madrid Pilot in C-Roads Spain.

C-Roads is an initiative in which various European Union Member States and motorway operators are participating. This EU project aims to deploy C-ITS (cooperative intelligent transport systems) services throughout Europe. Specifically, Spain is participating in C-Roads Spain  by delivering 5 projects, including the Madrid pilot.
The Madrid Pilot will be located on an approximately 32 km stretch of the M30. Below we explain how it works and what its goals are.

What does the Madrid Pilot include?

The Madrid Pilot will use intelligent transport systems (ITS) to detect in real time stationary vehicles, traffic warnings, or accidents on the road. To do so, hybrid mobile technology such as ITS-G5 will be utilised. The indicators to be extracted from this system are:

  • Slow or stationary vehicles.
  • Notice of roadworks on the motorway.
  • Emergency brake light warnings.
  • Weather conditions.
  • Notice of emergency vehicles approaching.
  • In-vehicle speed limits.
  • Traffic information and Smart routing.

The pilot will begin with an initial simulation phase. 120 vehicles equipped with ITS-G5 technology will be used on the 32 km stretch of the Madrid Pilot project on the M30. The fleet will also include one autonomous vehicle which will analyse the performance of the integration of C-ITS services with automated functions.

Madrid Pilot operation

The project system is a centralised C-ITS Hub that has been integrated into the Madrid Calle30 Control Centre. This system is used to connect the information received from the C-ITS with end users travelling on the road.

The control centre will notify the C-ITS Hub system of incidents which will then transfer the information to the RSUs. The Road Side Units or RSU are relays that will be installed along the length of the M30 that transmit information to vehicles. OBUs or On-Board Units will be used in vehicles for this. OBUs visualise the different alerts by using mobile applications in vehicles.

Vehicles featuring the necessary equipment will carry out road maintenance to ensure the RSUs are in correct working order.

This 5G-based technology will provide vehicles with data from the surrounding area, route and traffic information, and leisure areas, all at the same time.

The Madrid Pilot will ensure smoother traffic flows, lower the risk of incidents, and reduce pollution as vehicles will adjust to road conditions. Accordingly, it will be beneficial for the infrastructure of the M30, the road safety of its users, and Madrid pollution levels.

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