July's top stories: Turkey’s Osman Gazi Bridge opens, Indra develops world's largest toll system

Turkey’s Osman Gazi Bridge has been opened to the public, Spanish infrastructure company Indra has developed the world's largest toll system, and US Army and MDOT jointly tested the connected vehicle application. Roadtraffic-technology.com wraps up the key headlines from July 2016.


 

Turkey opens Osman Gazi Bridge

Turkey’s Osman Gazi Bridge is open to the public, following the completion of 42 months of construction work on the suspension bridge.

This brige has the capacity to carry more than 40,000 vehicles every day.

Working on-behalf of Japanese construction company IHI, Siemens was responsible for the development, installation and commissioning of all the bridge structure and traffic control components and systems.

Indra implements remote toll system for public highways in Mexico

Spanish infrastructure company, Indra developed the world's largest toll system project with a cost of €38m.

The firm has implemented its remote toll system technology for a complete public highway network in Mexico.

The highway network is managed by the public company Caminos y PuentesFederales (Capufe), and comprises almost 500 lanes totalling up to 4,000km.

US Army tests connected vehicle technology in Michigan

US Army Tank Automotive Research Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) and the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) jointly tested the connected vehicle application on I-69 in St Clair and Lapeer counties, as part Planet M initiative.

The communication between US Army vehicles and roadside units deployed by MSDOT were tested.

The system evaluated different types of vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) applications based on parameters including curve speed warning, lane closure warning, speed recommendation and disabled vehicle warning.

University of Warwick unveils 3xD Simulator for testing connected and autonomous vehicles

An adaptable vehicle simulator designed to test connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV) has been released at the University of Warwick.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded 3xD Simulator is an adaptable and advanced driving simulator, which has been designed specifically to test real-world robustness and usability of smart, connected and autonomous vehicle technology.

It will serve as a core part of the Virtual Reality Centre in the National Automotive Innovation Centre, which is a long-term commitment between Jaguar Land Rover (JLR), Tata Motors European Technical Center, and the Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), a department of the University of Warwick.

Highways England appoints TRL for SPaTS Framework

Highways England (HE) awarded Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) a place on its Specialist Professional and Technical Services (SPaTS) framework.

SPaTS was introduced as a replacement of the T-TEAR, SPSF and PSF procurement frameworks to better support the £15bn of capital investment in HE’s Roads Improvement Strategy, that was announced in December 2014.

As per the framework, TRL will be responsible for providing support and assistance to HE, the Department for Transport and other public sector bodies in research, innovation, road and transport related specialist technical services.

Jaguar Land Rover demonstrates all-terrain self-driving technologies

Jaguar Land Rover demonstrated a range of innovative technologies that would enable future autonomous cars to drive on any terrain or surface.

Autonomous All-Terrain Driving, a multi-million pound research project funded by Jaguar Land Rover, aims to deliver driverless cars that are all weather proof and capable of handling both on and off-road driving conditions.

Jaguar Land Rover head of research Tony Harper said: "Our all-terrain autonomy research isn’t just about the car driving itself on a motorway or in extreme off-road situations.

As per the framework, TRL will be responsible for providing support and assistance to HE, the Department for Transport and other public sector bodies in research, innovation, road and transport related specialist technical services.

Intuicom to provide wireless traffic communication solutions to Austin, Texas

Intuicom, a US-based supplier of wireless solutions to the intelligent transportation systems (ITS) market, secured a wireless traffic communications contract for a traffic signal expansion initiative in the city of Austin, Texas.

Made in conjunction with Intuicom's authorised distributor, Twincrest Technologies, the contract covers the wireless traffic interconnect for the city.

Intuicom's BroadBand Solutions (BBS) radios were chosen for their extended range and secure, high-capacity throughput.

BMW Group, Intel and Mobileye to develop fully autonomous driving technology

BMW Group, Intel, and Mobileye partnered to make self-driving vehicles and future mobility concepts a reality.

By 2021, the three firms from the automotive, technology and computer vision and machine learning industries will bring solutions for completely automated driving into series production.

Mobileye co-founder, chairman and CTO professor AmnonShashua said: "Together with BMW Group and Intel, Mobileye is laying the groundwork for the technology of future mobility that enables fully autonomous driving to become a reality within the next few years."

UK Government to provide funding for low emission busses

The UK Government announced funding of £30m for low emission busses to encourage cleaner and greener bus journeys, UK Minister of Transport Andrew Jones has announced.

Bus operators and local authorities across England will share the fund for purchasing emission buses and installing charge points and other infrastructure.

Andrew Jones said: “My message is clear, greener buses are good for passengers and good for British business.