Obviously there are challenges to overcome. A lot of different players have to be connected: cars should talk to each another and to the infrastructure on which they drive. The first is vehicle-to-vehicle communications or, as it is shortened, V2V. It uses GPS, a radio/antenna and a computer to share location and movement information with other V2V-equipped vehicles. All this is analysed and used for instance to provide warnings to the driver about potentially hazardous situations. Yet this is still just one part of the story: new systems also employ vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications that allow the car to receive information from traffic lights, road signs or even the highway itself. The combination of V2V and V2I technology then is referred to as V2X. Last but not least, mobile devices such as smartphones should be part of the game. This allows all traffic participants (not only drivers) to get traffic-related information on the go. Nevertheless, this is particularly challenging as it means we need to exchange all information fast enough.
Fair enough, but is that all? You can guess the answer. There is one very tricky thing to keep in mind which is called personal preferences. What if there are three options to get from A to B but you generally prefer to go by public transport? Then it would be good to have an intelligent navigation system which can consider this as well. Or, the system is even more intelligent and knows that a lot of other people would prefer to go the same way and therefore recommends you an option which is less crowded. Perhaps, it could also offer you an incentive to go for the option which is the best for the whole city?
To make this happen, we really need team spirit. Travellers, drivers, public transport, technologies and components need to work together and act as a TEAM. They have to be orchestrated by the right systems which help to take the best decisions for a single participant and for the community. Consequently, the TEAM project develops algorithms and technologies which are balancing the needs of the participants and the network itself. Like a coach, we work on the best strategies to win. Forming this TEAM, we believe to increase efficiency and flexibility of future transport systems.
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