Spain-based transportation technology developer Indra is leading a project to deploy new intelligent, automated and sustainable mobility on roads.

The RDI Mobility 2030 project will focus on the development of new technologies for deploying connected and autonomous vehicles (AVs) safely and efficiently on a large scale to be integrated into future mobility as a service.

The project will also promote the usage of electric vehicle (EVs) by optimising range, wireless charging and fleet efficiency.

In a statement, Indra said: “The project will allow advancement in the design of sustainable mobility for the future, which will be safer and more user and eco-friendly, through the development of new on-board vehicle systems, infrastructure technologies and traffic regulation, analysis, operation and control systems, with a comprehensive vision.

“It will contribute to achieving the goals set out in sustainable mobility for 2030, both at the national and international level, such as those included in the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).”

The €9m ($10.8m) project, which will last for three years, is funded by the first call of the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) Science and Innovation Missions programme.

A consortium of companies, including Indra, Sacyr, Iberdrola, Ficosa, Wall Box Chargers and Disid Corporation, will work together for this project, as well as ten Spanish research centres and universities.

Indra will also deploy its In-Mova Space platform to integrate and leverage all transportation data produced in the project.

Aspects of research that Indra will participate in include Intelligent Traffic Technology (ITS), which aims for the safe operation of connected vehicles alongside non-connected ones.

It will also be part of the research on Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), which will facilitate communication with connected and autonomous vehicles.

Indra will also use artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced light detection and ranging (LiDAR) systems for vehicle characterisation in access control systems to develop solutions for monitoring connected vehicles and AVs.

The technologies will alert the vehicle network and control centre of any unexpected AV behaviour due to hacks or malfunctions.

Indra said that the technologies developed within the project will allow the development of advanced traffic characterisation and tolling systems for both connected and conventional vehicles.

In 2019, the company’s traffic management systems were deployed at the Bogotá-Villavicencio corridor and Túnel de Oriente in Colombia.