Swedish cloud platforms paving the way for emergency vehicles

27 March, 2018 - 09:51

Automated vehicles are expected to bring many benefits to the society. To ensure these benefits, such vehicles need to be able to exchange information with other vehicles in their vicinity.

A recently started Swedish research project, AD Aware Traffic Control - Emergency Vehicles, conducted by Volvo Cars, Carmenta, Ericsson, SOS Alarm and RISE, Research Institutes of Sweden is developing a cloud-based traffic control platform that builds on the Drive Sweden Innovation Cloud, and enables smooth and seamless information exchange between coordinators of emergency vehicles and automated vehicles. Automated vehicles are expected to bring many benefits to the society, including improved safety, reduced congestion, lower emissions, higher productivity, and greater access to mobility. To ensure these benefits, such vehicles need to be able to exchange information with other vehicles in their vicinity.

The project will result in:

  • A prototype cloud platform for information exchange between automated vehicles and coordinators of emergency vehicles.
  • A public demonstration of the platform and its functionality.
  • Knowledge on societal benefits as well as important challenges with the platform. 

The time to arrival of emergency vehicles is often a matter of life and death. It is, however, not uncommon today that these vehicles get disturbed by other vehicles and delayed in traffic. The question is if the introduction of automated vehicles in our society will facilitate a quicker and safer arrival of emergency vehicles?

This question is addressed in the research project AD Aware Traffic Control - Emergency Vehicles where the previously demonstrated AD Aware Traffic Control platform is being further developed to include cloud-based services for sharing information between emergency vehicle coordinators and automated vehicles. In addition to weather, visibility and general traffic situation information, it now combines also real-time emergency vehicle and detailed geospatial information from local road networks and their surroundings to create a shared operational picture of the traffic situation.

A public demonstration of the platform and preliminary project results is planned for the end of June 2018, and will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden (additional information will be posted on the project site). The project is expected to end in December 2018. It is co-funded by the Drive Sweden strategic innovation program. 

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