Indeed! What a journey it has been over these past three years with the ESRIUM H2020 project. As we reflect on this incredible journey, it’s hard not to feel a mix of emotions. This project wasn’t just a professional endeavour; it became a part of who we are as a team. The culmination of months of relentless effort was not just about reaching milestones but about pushing boundaries and challenging ourselves. Our team’s dedication and hard work were put to the ultimate test during the Final Review Meeting, a moment that not only defined our project but also ourselves as professionals and innovators. Enjoy the read!
The coordination of ESRIUM was truly enjoyable. The consortium's communication was exemplary, leading to smooth management activities. This was further validated by the Project Officer and external experts, whose positive feedback made us proud.
DI Dr. Martina Uray
ESRIUM Project Coordinator @JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH DIGITAL – Institut für Digitale Technologien
Marking a Milestone: ESRIUM H2020 Project’s Final Review Meeting
Reflecting on the past three years, the ESRIUM H2020 project has been a remarkable journey of innovation and collaboration. The project, aimed at enhancing the safety and efficiency of European road transport through a digital map of road surface damage and wear, reached a pivotal moment at our Final Review Meeting.
Held in Prague, on the 20 – 21 November 2023, the meeting successfully highlighted the extensive progress we have made in revolutionizing Europe’s transportation networks. Our agenda covered a wide range of accomplishments, demonstrating our commitment to energy efficiency and safety. Notably, we delved into the innovative solutions that have been implemented to overcome significant challenges, paving the way for a more sustainable and secure future in European transportation. This meeting marked a pivotal moment in our journey towards an eco-friendly and safer transport infrastructure across Europe. Key presentations highlighted the project’s innovative approach to road wear mapping, offering unique insights for road maintenance planning and automated vehicle routing.
Key accomplishments of the project were showcased, and the team’s expertise and dedication were evident in the detailed discussions and the depth of analysis presented.
The review panel provided valuable feedback, acknowledging the project’s impact on the practical application of EGNSS-enabled Smart Road Infrastructure Usage and Maintenance enhancing energy efficiency and safety on European roadways. The insights not only affirmed our work but also opened avenues for future exploration.
The comprehensive display of results left a noteworthy impression, receiving positive acclaim from both external reviewers and the Project Officer. In particular, the execution of the ESRIUM infrastructure-assisted automated driving solution in Work Package 5 (Proof of Concept and In-Vehicle Validation) and the ramifications of EGNSS-based localization and C-ITS routing recommendations garnered the attention of the reviewers. Additionally, the outcomes of the user acceptance test in Upper Austria yielded intriguing insights into how users embraced the ESRIUM solutions we crafted. Anticipation is high for forthcoming projects and initiatives aimed at advancing the TRL closer to market readiness.
Selim Solmaz -
Head of Control Systems Group @Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH
- Project Office- Katarzyna Porzuc from EUSPA;
- Project Reviewers – Gustavo Oyervides and Josep Maria Salanova
- JOANNEUM RESEARCH Forschungsgesellschaft mbH (JRD) – the Project Coordinators – Matthias Rüther, Stefan Ladstätter, Roman Lesjak, and Martina Uray
- Virtual Vehicle Research GmbH (VIF) – Selim Solmaz, and Karl Lambauer
- ASFINAG – Gottfried Allmer
- Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) of the National Land Survey (NLS) of Finland – Jose Vallet and Zahidul Bhuyian
- FH OO FORSCHUNGS & ENTWICKLUNGS GMBH (FHO) – Wolfgang Schildorfer
- Evolit Consulting GmbH (EVO) – Michael Astleitner
- ENIDE SOLUTIONS .S.L (ENI) – Loha Hashimy and Vesna Boskovic
- NNG Software Developing and Commercial LLC (NNG) – Gergely Havas and András Csepinszky
- Politecnico di Milano (POL) – Luca Pasino Studer and Marco Ponti
User Acceptance: From the truck drivers' perspective, high values in 'usefulness', 'ease of use', and 'actual system usage' suggest high user acceptance for the ESRIUM C-ITS services. Regarding willingness to pay for bad surface information, 14 truck drivers strongly disagreed, and 3 disagreed. Overall, 24 out of 27 rated the road operators' information as highly trustworthy, with 25 out of 27 willing to use it. Road operators viewed the ESRIUM system as quite useful, indicating a high potential for user acceptance.
Impact Assessment on Road Safety, Efficiency, and Environment at EU-Level: Economic benefits for EU-27 Countries could reach a total of 55.8 million euros annually. This figure could be significantly higher if ESRIUM technologies are implemented on national, local, or urban roads where pavement damage plays a more significant role.
Professor for Transport Logistics and Mobility, Vice-dean for Research @University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria - Steyr Campus
As we conclude the ESRIUM H2020 project, we look forward to seeing the lasting impact of our work on European road networks. The journey does not end here; it marks the beginning of a new era in road safety and efficiency. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all collaborators and supporters who journeyed with us.