The CODECO mobility use-case focuses on Vehicule to Everything (V2X) Digital twinning to provide urban safe mobility, and contribute to road safety. CODECO shall be applied to assist the required data exchange between vehicles and road unit equipment, in a quick, context-aware way. The use-case is led by partner I2CAT and will be deployed in Barcelona.
VRUs. A VRU, refers to vehicles or transport users who lack physical protection while navigating roadways, making them more susceptible to harm. They require heightened caution from both them and drivers to ensure their safety on the streets. Their role is to move around and expect to be advised when engaged in dangerous situations. Their goal is to prove that they can be safer thanks to the infrastructure services and the notification through V2X.
Pedestrians: They will be equipped with a smartphone and tracked by the camera. Are the most vulnerable ones.
Light Mobility Vehicles (bike or electric scooter): Equipped with an OBU or smartphone and tracked by a camera. They tend to get in riskier situations due to its speed and fragility.
Cars: Equipped with an OBU. Can find themselves in dangerous situations when sharing mobility spaces with lighter, more vulnerable, modes of transportation. Their role is to move around the car lanes and engage in risky behaviours with VRUs and to proof that the dangerous situations are avoided when detected by the system and notified.
Cameras: The cameras, which will be connected to the corresponding service. Will spot VRUs that are not connected. And notify them of their position and track to the infrastructure. Their role is to detect the position and trajectory of all the moving entities that are not connected. To then pass this information to the infrastructure. Their goal is to make sure the use case works even when there are some vehicles or pedestrians not connected.
V2X RSUs. They will be the point of contact from the vehicles and UC users and the infrastructure. There will be some of them to ensure full coverage of the use case scenario. They will need to ensure minimum latency to the infrastructure. Their role is to serve as point of contact between the infrastructure and the V2X environment. Their goal is to make sure the messages emitted by the OBUs, or the infrastructure are mutually received.
Governmental entities, policy makers, will have the availability to see a real time low-latency digital twin of the moving entities around the designated urban public space. Check dangerous behaviour and immediate notifications when any incident happens (along with the place where the incident happened and how it happened).
ICT (industry, mobile communications, and Cloud providers) will use CODECO to achieve reliability and low latency.
The academic and researcher stakeholders will be capable of ensuring through the proper research the viability of a system of Vulnerable Road User Awareness. And provide solid information that reduces/eliminates incidents with that kind of users.
The developers (Edge, IoT) and especially the early adopters will run around the campus as VRU. And will receive an audio-visual notification. On the other side other early adopters will be using conventional cars that will also notify collisions.
A summary of the business impact expected is as follows:
One potential business case for this technology is in the public sector. Municipalities and other government agencies responsible for mobility could use this technology to monitor and reduce the number of incidents involving vulnerable road users and other vehicles. By providing real-time data on the movements of these users, the application could help city planners design safer roads and intersections.
Another potential business case is in the insurance industry. Insurance companies could use the data collected by the application to improve their revenue by accurately assessing risk and reducing the number of claims. The positional and camera data provided by the application could also help insurance companies more accurately determine fault in the event of an accident.
The automotive industry is also a potential market for this technology. Car manufacturers are always looking for new features to include in their vehicles, and a V2X Vulnerable Road User awareness application could provide an extra layer of safety for drivers. This technology could be particularly useful for vulnerable vehicles such as bikes, electric scooters, and motorcycles.