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Our challenge

Safe and efficient roads for a smarter, safer, greener mobility

Our vision

The overall objective of ESRIUM is to foster safer and more efficient roads towards a smarter, safer, greener transport system through an EGNSS-based digital map. 

Transportation becomes smarter by exploiting detailed driving recommendations received from the road operator in every automated and connected car. 

Transportation becomes safer by allowing the vehicle to drive on undamaged road surface

A longer paving lifetime makes road operations greener and more resource-efficient. 

Our mission

Our key innovation is an EGNSS-based data platform. Our innovative digital road wear map will generate routing recommendations in-lane and cross-lane based on 

Our solution

The imbalanced usage of the road surface contributes to its degradation, leading to safety risks especially for connected and automated vehicles. The problem becomes even worse with harsh weather conditions. Our solution consists in an EGNSS-based digital map of road damages and safety risks that will allow for route adjustments through I2V communication free of charge. These recommendations will lead to a more balanced use of the road surface and to a longer lifetime of the road infrastructure.

ESRIUM regularly captures the status of the road surface. The system combines data coming from cameras, sensors and EGNSS-enhanced locatisation devices. Considering a European-level business-case, only Galileo may provide such a service in homogeneous quality, even at very remote locations on the European continent.

The ESRIUM platform operator extracts relevant info from the raw data to recognise, classify, georeference and integrate road damages into the digital road wear map. It automatically generates safety warnings. 

Road operators can communicate driving recommendations to balance the road usage to better manage traffic and avoid safety risks. They can also optimise their maintenance planning. 

CAV drivers and truck fleet operators can increase safety by driving on undamaged road surface.

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Our objectives

ESRIUM will integrate and evaluate all the elements of its solution. We will demonstrate the sensor system, the EGNSS receiver, the digital road wear map and the relative processing platform and the C-ITS communication. The final goal is to set up a test vehicle which is able to receive routing recommendations and has enough autonomy to react accordingly.

Objective 1

Create a highly detailed EGNSS-referenced digital road wear map.

Objective 2

Create a new mid-priced sensor system for detecting road damage.

Objective 3

Implement EGNSS- localization system to provide accurate, authenticated yet low-cost position information in real-time.

Objective 4

Broadcast precision routing recommendations.

Objective 5

Broadcast potentially dangerous locations.

Objective 6

Provide road damage state and evolution to the customer.

Objective 7

Develop a business-case based on the ESRIUM services.

Objective 8

Demonstrate smart automated routing based on broadcasted information.

Our methodology

To reach its objectives, ESRIUM follows an interdisciplinary approach. Technical expertise in the fields of EGNSS localization, mobile mapping, autonomous driving and I2V communication is combined with domain knowledge from road operators and logistics providers. The ambitious goal of ESRIUM is to create a new business-case with validated economic and societal impact.

The project goals will be addressed by technical research activities to solve the technical challenges, business research activities to refine the overall business case, innovation management activities, testing activities and
dissemination activities.

In total, the work in ESRIUM will be carried out in seven work packages.

The main objective of this WP is to provide effective, efficient, flexible and active management of the project, with a clear distribution of responsibilities that is transparent to all partners. Project management activities will be conducted in terms of administrative, technical and financial
management. This includes the organization of project meetings, installation and execution of a reporting
structure, communication with the funding agency and administration of the project budget.

The main objective is to derive the use cases that should be investigated as well as their technical and non-technical requirements. Further, the business case shall be developed.
Business research will be conducted in terms of market size, market acceptance and product requirements, value chains and customer decision-making processes in order to continuously update the business plan and
adapt it where necessary. Technical requirements will be formulated primarily on the topics of localization, automated damage mapping, autonomous driving and I2V communication.

The objectives of this work package are the design and implementation of the hardware platform and algorithms for the EGNSS-based dual-frequency centimeter-level positioning systems for the sensor vehicle and the end-user vehicle.
The unique features of EGNSS will be investigated and evaluated in this technical research work package. 

The central objective of this work package is to create the technical foundations for the wear map. This starts with a means for data collection, and leads to the necessary algorithms and databases to manage the information.

The overall objective is to demonstrate the benefit of the project outcome in terms of in-vehicle field demonstrations of context-aware path planning for increased safety, reduced road maintenance effort for the road operator in the form of specific use-case demonstration.

The overall objective is to demonstrate the benefit of the project outcome in terms of in-vehicle field demonstrations of context-aware path planning for increased safety, reduced road maintenance effort for the road operator in the form of specific use-case demonstration.

The objective is to ensure compliance with the ‘ethics requirements’ set out in this work package.