Connected And Automated Driving is the title of the International Conference organized by ANAS and PIARC on the theme of the smart roads Friday 13 October to the hotel Quirinale in Rome.
Gianni Vittorio Armani, president of ANAS, the Italian national corporate body for the roads has opened the session. The European commissioner to the Transports, Violeta Bulc, has proposed a video message with which she has illustrated the importance that the European Commission reserves to the theme of the connected and autonomous vehicles, what premised for a secure and sustainable mobility.
The meeting was divided in four sessions: intelligent roads, intelligent cars, intelligent safety and intelligent transports, with the debate - coordinated by Domenico Crocco and Emanuela Poli - which was articulated on the followings themes:
- When we will see on the road circulate cars completely autonomous from the driver?
- Which characteristics will be expected to have the roads to adequately house them?
- How the connected and automatic guide will be regulated by the authorities?
- Which benefits there will be for road safety and for freight transport?
According to the general manager Mario Nobile, the theme of Smart roads is to the attention of the Italian Ministry of Infrastructures and Transports. In fact the digital transformation of the infrastructures represents the possibility:
- to improve the roads quality, safety and use;
- to create tools that produce data and services which facilitate the mobility of people and freight;
- to facilitate and simplify the transport.
Armani has illustrated the Anas project on the smart roads, project that should fully be operational over the course of 4 years: already in 2018, 100 kilometers of highways will be completely enabled to the connection between vehicle and road. ANAS foresees an investment of 160 million in 3 years, that aims at the coverage of all the 3 thousand kilometers on the road axis Palermo-Mestre.
Roberto Arditi, president of the international committee on politics and programs for the road safety of the World association of the Road, in his own intervention he has spoken of the road safety tied up to the new technologies and, in his role of project manager of the European ITS Platform, he has explained that the experts of the European ITS Platform (EU EIP) they are active with specific activities both in sight of the connected vehicles that of the autonomous vehicles (particularly in the definition of the characteristics that roads are required to have to house adequately connected and autonomous vehicles). The road safety is a great success of the European Countries that, in their complex, drive the world improvement. Nevertheless 25.500 dead still represent a human tragedy and a social cost unbearable. Connected and autonomous vehicles assist and correct the human factor that is valued to have an impact for well over the 90% of the accidents. This is the safety reservoir in which we can draw on and the studies of sector tell us that the systems in commerce - already from the next 5 years - can allow a 50% improvement.
Isoradio has given a strong focus to the event, also publishing the article “Drives connected and automatic”. Also the intervention of Arditi has been taken up by the RAI, that has published an article from the title "To Reduce of 50% the road accidents" signed by Alberto Perotti.
The event has also had evidence on the printed paper. For instance " La Gazzetta del Mezzogiorno" has published the article from the title “Within 2019 the vehicles they will interact on the roads”.
The Italian version of this highlight was published by Autostradafacendo and it can be achieved following this link.