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On November 23 at 10:00 it is time for the "exam" in cooperative driving school. Three student teams from Linköping, KTH and Chalmers will meet up at Stora Holm to demonstrate platooning with 2 cars and 2 trucks.
The CoAct2012 teams from KTH, CTH and LiU gathered in Björkvik to test conformance and collect data for further development of cooperative adaptive cruise control algorithms. Platooning as defined in GCDC2011 was tested with the new vehicles and a new communication protocol allowing lateral movements was launched and tested.
We are moving towards a future where it will be possible for vehicles to communicate with each other. But the problem is how vehicles should identify hazardous traffic situations and how such systems can be made more reliable.
SAFER teams managed the (almost) impossible in international competitions in the cooperative driving (GCDC) in Helmond over the weekend.
11 teams from nine countries had signed up to 9 of them came to the start line on Saturday.
After about six months of preparation and hard work were three Swedish teams stand in the race.
The Swedish investments exceeded expectations – not least because of the short time given for preparation, with a 6 month project time from project start to the race.
The German AnnieWAY won with very narrow margin over Team Halmstad Halmstad University, where the team consists of Technology candidates under the direction of Christopher Lidstrom (PhD student). The team managed to capture a 2nd place.
Dessutom knep Team Chalmers en 3:e plats och Team Scoop från KTH en hedervärd 4:e plats. Man lyckades därmed med en lastbil slå 5 lag trots tuffa odds.
Därmed har Sverige placerat sig på den absoulta toppen vad gäller kooperativ körning och redan nu pågår planering för kommande tävlingar inom området.
The three Swedish teams from the CoAct project, Chalmers, Halmstad and KTH, are now on site in Helmond, Holland, preparing for this weekends exiting contest in cooperative driving.
Live tests were performed during Sunday on the Highway N270, outside Helmond, and all Swedish teams passed. The competition takes place this weekend, 15-16 of May, and will be the final of a, close to, year-long project involving students from three Swedish universities.
During the week, the SAFER project CoAct conducted field tests before the competition Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge, which takes place in May in Holland. Viktoria Institute is leading the project and coordinate the three contributions from Sweden who will participate in the competition.
Three teams from Chalmers, KTH, and Halmstad University was in place at Stora Holm’s test track for three days when technology and systems tuned in to meet the great challenge – to run platoons where the race leader determines the starting, speed and braking, and the other cars through advanced technology, automatically follows the “highway trains”.
“Very successful days where teams had to trim systems, fix the remaining bugs and most importantly – to show that this works in practice,” says project leader Jonas Didoff, Viktoria Institute.
There were about 30 visitors from vehicle manufacturers, the Swedish Transport Administration and other stakeholders during a sunny, but windy day, got to see and experience how sensors, positioning equipment and cooperative communication between vehicles can realize it as long discussed the idea of platoons.
Viktoria Institute leads and coordinates three teams in the CoAct project. The teams are making progress and are preparing for GCDC2011, a platooning competition where the vehicles’ ability to cooperate is rewarded.
The Scoop team consists of students, researchers and engineers from KTH and Scania. They will enter the competition with a Scania truck.
CoAct also has two teams that consist of students and researchers – one team from Halmstad University and one from Chalmers. These two teams will enter the competition with one Volvo S60 each. More info on the teams can be found at the team pages at GCDC2011. The project is financed by the IVSS program.