VeRT-Vehicular Remote Tolling

  • Antonini, Mirko, (Project Participant)


    Wireless Networks OBJECTIVES The road sector is one of the major potential market for GNSS applications and therefore it is very promising for future EGNOS and GALILEO related applications. At present, traffic congestion places enormous constraints on our day-to-day mobility with over 10% of the network blocked, representing enormous costs. Improving road transport systems calls for systematic recourse to information about vehicle position and speed. Specifically, among road applications some requires guaranteed navigation services, often with high accuracy positioning requirements. These application can be implemented only if these requirements are met and this is not the case today with the existing navigation systems. EGNOS and Galileo will provide better accuracy of GPS and, what is most important, will make available the data integrity information, that is the basis to certify and guarantee the service. In particular the ?Tolling? related application falls into the above category and, in addition it represents a very important commercial opportunity. The Project VRT aims at exploiting the capabilities offered by EGNOS (in the near term) and GALILEO (in medium long term) to provide such new applications; specifically, an extended service concept of road tolling is addressed in the present proposal, herein after indicated as ?remote tolling?, such to cover basic tolling service, but also additional ?pay-per-use services? on motorways transport, as well as in urban environment (parking and access to restricted zones) Independent from the environment considered in the service scenario, common services applicable to each category of users are also considered like the distribution of real time traffic data. Other interesting services like the ?pay per use insurance?, that can be easily implemented by the same remote tolling service system architecture, can be a potential extension of VRT. Today, it is noted that such type of service is considered in the user community of a real importance and at the same time also service providers and important insurance Companies are going to deep investigate this new revolutionary possibility in handling the car insurance issue. Therefore, it is deemed strategic at that time to consider this application in the service prototype definition process, for which particularly a service guarantee is required by further stressing the importance of using EGNOS for the service implementation. THE PROPOSED APPROACH THE SERVICE PROTOTYPE CONCEPT The VeRT Project aims at exploiting the capabilities offered by EGNOS (in the near term) and GALILEO (in medium long term) to provide the following services envelope: Motorway Services: * Basic Road Tolling service in which the user pays for transit on Motorways. * ?Pay per use service? in which the users pay on the basis of the offered services, like: * emergency calls and assistance; * distribution of traffic information (e.g. general traffic status/emergency situations,..); * distribution of other services (e.g. route planning, personal tracking, technical assistance, location based information etc,..); * tracing, tracking and emergencies management for HazMat and heavy goods transportation. Urban Environment Services * Access control to restricted areas: e.g. historical centre, emergency zone,... * Accurate parking. The idea is to allow users accessing the historical centres to: book the parking, to receive indications about the parking area (accurate parking) and to pay automatically according to the parking time. * Parking and route planning for visitors buses. * Distribution of real time traffic information (traffic jam/constraints, active route guidance,?) Common services to both scenarios * ?Pay per use insurance? the insurance cost to the user is in this case evaluated as a weighted function of different parameters that can be collected for each user at the service provision centre and then provided to the insurance Company, which on this basis evaluate the final cost to invoice to the user. Some of the most important parameters are: (a) the time percentage of use, but also when during the reference period the car is used; (b) the typology of the environment in which normally the driver is using the car; (c) on-board information that can affect the final insurance cost; etc. (Mirko Antonini)
    Effective start/end date19/05/2010 → …