L’Aquila has been chosen to pioneer the first tests of an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) based on the integration between Galileo, Europe's global navigation satellite system, and 5G communications.
The tests are part of an Innovation Agreement signed between the Ministry of Economic Development and the Abruzzo Region, known as the Emerge project. Coordinated by RadioLabs in partnership with the University of L'Aquila, the project will design, prototype and verify on field the three core technology platforms of the connected and autonomous vehicles: high integrity localization, vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) - vehicle-to-everything (V2X) satellite communications, and cybersecurity.
These new platforms – the first ones in Europe to exploit Galileo geo-localisation and 5G communications – will be developed and tested in the city of l’Aquila – one of the five cities already selected by Ministry of Economic Development for experimenting new applications with 5G.
A full-scale test bed in urban environment is part of the mission of the Center of Excellence on the connected vehicles to be realised by the University of l’Aquila and integrated into the Emerge programme for promoting the research at national and international level.
Paola Inverardi, the vice chairman of Radiolabs and Rector of the University of l’Aquila, said, “Emerge that has requested two years of preparatory activities will give birth to a new research and innovation deal to exploiting new technologies with the high level of researchers and industrial excellences in the Abruzzo Region looking forward to further strengthen co-operations with other Regions and in Europe where Emerge has already received several manifestation of interests.”