Commsignia provides V2X connectivity to traffic lights on Perrone Robotics autonomous vehicles for Jacksonville

Commsignia, the largest company dedicated to Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) technologies, announced that it is partnering with autonomous vehicle (AV) company Perrone Robotics to provide V2X communication systems for smart city applications. Commsignia OB4 On-Board Units (OBU) enable vehicle-to-infrastructure connections using either the latest Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) or the DSRC communication standards.

Infrastructure owners and operators are looking for modern transport solutions to revitalize neighborhoods, creating walkable areas to bring more traffic to local shops and restaurants. Meanwhile, they are also looking at transport efficiency and safety. The Jacksonville Transportation Authority (FL) has similar goals in the Ultimate Urban Circulator program, where Perrone Robotics has deployed their patented TONY (TO Navigate You) AV retrofit kit in vehicles with an integrated Commsignia OB4 V2X On-Board Unit.

Commsignia’s V2X solutions enable AVs to communicate with the infrastructure and obtain a range of information on the status of intersections. One of the most useful pieces of data is the status of traffic lights. Knowing this information accurately allows AVs to move faster, safer and more reliably on public roads.

The Commsignia OB4 unit allows the Perrone Robotics Traffic Light Detection module to keep vehicles in autonomous mode while passing through signalized intersections. The V2X unit also allows their patented AV operating system “MAX” to utilize the V2X messages as a redundant safety check on other visual based sensors. Perrone’s V2X-enabled autonomy kit can be installed on various passenger or cargo transportation vehicles, ranging from small 2-passenger vehicles to 40-foot buses, and they have currently integrated their kit into over 30 different types of vehicles.

“Communication between autonomous vehicles and the infrastructure is essential for efficient driverless operation. Using an external viewpoint provided by the transport infrastructure significantly improves the contextual awareness of self-driving vehicles. V2X provides accurate data in situations where the vehicle’s on-board sensors may have difficulty sensing the environment, allowing vehicles a continuous self-driving operation on the most complex road sections, at intersections.” – said Laszlo Virag, CEO of Commsignia.

“The Commsignia hardware is an added benefit that can allow our customers to expand their areas of operation and shorten their paths to fully driverless operation safely and reliably. By providing a hardware system that both supports DSRC and C-V2X, Commsignia allows us to seamlessly update our customers software as the infrastructure continues to evolve. Perrone Robotics is excited to have a forward-thinking partner in the V2X space that can adapt to different environments and work with us to make autonomy safer and more accessible to all.” – said Nicholas Pilipowskyj of Perrone Robotics.

About Commsignia

Commsignia is the largest company focusing on Vehicle-to-Everything (V2X) solutions. The company develops and produces equipment and software for cities, highways as well as automotive and micromobility manufacturers to help them build new connected, intelligent and autonomous transport solutions or improve existing infrastructure. The Commsignia RS4 roadside unit processes and merges information coming from various sensors and cameras for better traffic efficiency and to protect road users including pedestrians and users of micromobility services. The Commsignia OB4 onboard unit provides vehicles with intelligence and the ability to cooperate, connecting them to each other and the infrastructure.

About Perrone Robotics

Perrone is a leading provider of fully automated vehicle systems. The company delivers mobility excellence via TONY® (short for “TO Navigate You”, a vehicle independent retrofit kit for use in the automated transit of people and goods in geo-fenced and localized operations. TONY embeds inside any vehicle type or model, for any job application to provide a complete “artificial driver” solution that brings full autonomy in a safety certifiable framework. Proven, piloted and in commercial production, Perrone automated systems help commercial, municipal, and governmental customers increase transportation efficiencies, enhance safety, and accelerate zero-emission electric vehicle deployment. The company also offers a portfolio of existing turnkey automated shuttles and vehicles pre-integrated with the TONY retrofit kit.

Commsignia Central creates V2X messages from the WZDx database

Data standardization is essential for the digitalization of traffic and road management. The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) has developed the Work Zone Data Exchange (WZDx) Specification to simplify the collaboration of producers and users of road works data through common data standards. WZDx makes sure that consistent, reliable data describing road works are available. DOTs and road operators using WZDx are better prepared to implement digital tools, while Commsignia and similar technology companies can bring their developments to the market.

With the WZDx to V2X conversion, Commsignia Central provides road managers with yet another tool to operate and automate their complex services. Commsignia Central already makes it easy to create and deploy V2X messages to distribute information about traffic events, and the operators get real-time feedback of the transmitted V2X messages.

The software provides an overview of the Connected Intelligent Transportation System (C-ITS) infrastructure, including V2X roadside units and smart sensors, and incident reports help maintain a high level of service.

Keeping track of activities in the field and sharing work zone information is an important goal for road operators. We believe that applications built on V2X technologies offer a unique combination of real-time tracking and preventing work zone road accidents. WZDx and V2X are also a great tool to support the introduction of autonomous vehicles – says Szabolcs Patay, Chief Revenue Officer of Commsignia.

Commsignia develops and produces equipment and software for cities and highways to help them build new connected, intelligent transport solutions or improve existing infrastructure. Commsignia roadside platform processes and merges information coming from various sensors and cameras for better traffic efficiency and to protect road users including pedestrians and users of micro-mobility services. The Commsignia onboard unit provides vehicles with intelligence and the ability to cooperate, connecting them to each other and the infrastructure.

Commsignia connects bicycles to V2X ecosystem with Spoke

14 February 2022, Santa Clara, California – Commsignia, the largest company dedicated to Vehicle-to-everything (V2X) connectivity, announced a collaboration with Vulnerable Road User (VRU) safety experts Spoke to provide automotive grade Cellular-V2X (C-V2X) software solutions for cyclists, motorcyclists and e-scooter riders. Spoke is building on Commsignia’s more than a decade worth of experience in V2X to connect its users to the digital road safety ecosystem with proven technologies.

As bicycle, motorcycle, scooter and other mobility device ridership grows; unfortunately, so are the safety concerns. According to NHTSA, 891 bicyclists were killed in traffic in 2020 which is 5% up compared to 2019. Innovative cities and fleet operators are not just looking for better ways to understand people on the move, they are also focused on how to improve vulnerable road user’s safety.

Commsignia brings in V2X to do that: our broad portfolio includes V2X hardware equipment for all types of vehicles, integration of roadside sensors to provide non-connected users access to the benefits of the V2X ecosystem, all the way to managing V2X devices and collecting anonymized data. With data from V2X, cities and fleet operators can gain valuable insights to improve road safety and traffic efficiency.

“Our vision is to increase safety and efficiency on the road for everyone, all around the globe. Road traffic is changing, and it is important to provide safety solutions for two-wheelers as well. Safety can only be ensured by direct V2X communication, which guarantees that vehicles in close proximity receive potentially life-saving alerts in real time. We are excited to make this a reality by partnering up with Spoke.” said Laszlo Virag, CEO of Commsignia.

The highly optimized V2X software stack and safety application suite designed by Commsignia perfectly fits light vehicles and provides secure direct communication between road users and the infrastructure. By integrating Commsignia’s V2X stack and safety application suite into a new hardware solution, Spoke plans to offer contextual awareness and V2X warning messages for bicyclists and other light mobility users. Low-latency direct communication between road users is essential for V2X safety applications.

“For the first time ever, vulnerable road users like bicyclists can be digitally ‘seen’ by cars and they can “see” the vehicles around them,” said Jarrett Wendt, Spoke CEO. “This is possible because of Spoke’s partnership with Commsignia which is delivering game-changing, automotive-grade connectivity, and more specifically new and unique algorithms specific to VRUs that literally put them on the map.”

Spoke is working with a number of stakeholders, including Qualcomm Technologies, Amazon World Services (AWS) and vehicle, bicycle, scooter and motorcycle OEMs, for maximum scale, adoption and safety impact. The Spoke portfolio launches with OEM bicycle, motorcycle and scooter partners in 2022.

About Commsignia
Commsignia develops and produces equipment and software for cities, highways as well as automotive and micromobility manufacturers to help them build new connected, intelligent transport solutions or improve existing infrastructure. The Commsignia roadside platform processes and merges information coming from various sensors and cameras for better traffic efficiency and to protect road users including pedestrians and users of micro-mobility services. The Commsignia onboard unit provides vehicles with intelligence and the ability to cooperate, connecting them to each other and the infrastructure.

About Spoke
Spoke is elevating rider connectivity and safety. We are orchestrating state-of-the-art technologies with market-leading partners to deliver a transformative, digital IoT ecosystem for vulnerable road users like bicyclists, motorcyclists and other light mobility users, putting them at the center of the mobility ecosystem. Spokeware combines first-of-its-kind C-V2X and modem-based solutions along with a complete cockpit and computing experience that digitally connects riders and equipment manufacturers, and delivers context-aware, personalized intelligence and insights to guide our daily rides, commutes and adventures.

Commsignia leads multi-national consortium to build and demonstrate broad V2X capabilities in the UK

Zenzic, the organisation dedicated to accelerating the self-driving revolution in the UK, has announced the launch of a V2X project, which is led by Commsignia and in partnership with CAM Testbed UK partners.

Working with technology companies Vodafone and Nokia, the project aims to assess the current “state of play” across the UK Vehicle 2 Everything (V2X) landscape and deploy a pilot installation across CAM Testbed UK. The aim is to deliver a reliable, trusted and secure service which is scalable for end-to-end trials and testing of initial V2X services.

Although fully automated vehicles and associated services are now beginning to emerge in the UK, there has been an increase in the volume of connected vehicles on roads in the UK. The UK transport sector has reached a critical moment in the enabling of connected car services and whilst the discussion on V2X in the UK is increasing, there is still work to be done on the required development and services that are needed to realise its value. The collaboration and co-ordination between road operators, mobile network operators and vehicle OEMs will be necessary for V2X services to move towards deployment.

The project, which is funded by the government’s Centre for Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CCAV) and coordinated by Zenzic, will be led by Commsignia and will bring together UK expertise in V2X services. Partners include UTAC Millbrook and Horiba MIRA, both members of the world-leading CAM Testbed UK as well as Vodafone. This collaboration will see the development of the training and skills map that is needed for this emerging sector whilst using CAM Testbed UK as facilitators.

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“Commsignia is excited to be bringing its decade long experience in V2X technologies to UK off road test facilities allowing vehicle manufactures and road operators to test an ever-growing number of V2X safety use cases. We are positive that this project will pave the way for leveraging vehicle communication technology that allows making roads safer”

Read about Laszlo Virag

Peter Stoker, Chief Engineer, Connected and Autonomous Vehicles at UTAC said: “We are delighted to be part of this multi sector group to look at and implement V2X services at our location and to other sites. It will inform policy and technology choices for the future in having a controlled network where all comers can trial, assess and sometimes fail in private before public deployment”.

Luke Ibbetson, Head of Group R&D, Vodafone Technology, said: “Vodafone is delighted to be delivering our world leading mobility cloud capability to the UK CAM test bed initiative to improve road safety. Many organisations, including vehicle manufacturers and road operators, will benefit from advanced connected mobility services using our highly responsive edge cloud infrastructure.”

“V2X connectivity will transform mobility services but we need to validate them to ensure they perform robustly and are safe and secure. The knowhow developed during this project will be integrated into ASSURED CAV and delivered as a portfolio of connectivity services to our clients.” Chris Reeves, Head of CAV Technologies at HORIBA MIRA

The project aims to deliver a reliable, trusted and secure service which is scalable for end-to-end trials and testing of initial V2X services by March 2022.

About Zenzic
Zenzic brings together government, academia, innovators, and developers of intelligent mobility solutions in a collaborative partnership. It facilitates and supports the acceleration of the UK’s emerging connected and autonomous vehicle sector within the global transport ecosystem with resources to enable profitable growth.

About Commsignia UK
Commsignia is the market’s most dynamic V2X company thanks to its cutting-edge technology and market ready portfolio. Commsignia specializes in Connected Car / V2X “Safer on the Road” software and hardware products compatible with IEEE 802.11p standards and DSRC and future Cellular V2X (C-V2X) / 5G technologies. Commsignia is helping to build the next generation autonomous car and smart mobility ecosystem that will make driving safer whilst reducing congestion and lowering emissions. Commsignia supplies best-in-class V2X (Car2X) Communication Software, hybrid V2X /ADAS Applications with robust PKI and SCMS security, a V2X SDK as well as OnBoard (OBU) and Roadside Units (RSU) for connected car and Smart City deployments.

About CAM Testbed UK
CAM Testbed UK is the centre for the innovation and development of connected and self-driving vehicle technologies. It is the only place worldwide with the capability to take ideas from concept to development both virtually and physically, all within a 3-hour drive. The UK’s comprehensive and integrated facilities are world-leading, with a unique ability to cross-share data and a collaborative way of working.

Highly Accurate Positioning Solution for Automotive Use Successfully Demonstrated by PRoPART Project

Enhanced safety and efficiency – these are the most important benefits expected from autonomous vehicles and advanced driver assistance systems. For these to operate in a highly reliable way, a robust and precise positioning solution is required. Delivering such a solution has been the main purpose of the PRoPART project. Through exploitation of the distinguished features of Galileo in combination with other positioning and sensor technologies, shared using V2X technology, this goal was achieved. The project culminated in a successful demonstration last week at AstaZero Proving Ground in Sandhult, near Borås, Sweden.

The solution, developed during the project, was demonstrated in a recreated highway situation, with a connected autonomous truck in the presence of two unconnected human-driving cars. The truck wishes to make a safe and efficient lane change.  The decision to change lane or refrain from changing lane was made by the PRoPART system, relying on combined, centimetre accurate positioning data and collaborative perception sensor data fusion. In this scenario the lane change manoeuvre was executed by a self-driving truck from Scania, entirely relying on the PRoPART solution for situational awareness.

The importance of the PRoPART project lies in delivering a robust solution for the future mass market of autonomous road transport, that fulfils the different needs of vehicle OEMs. It uses object detection sensors as well as position and time information from both the autonomous vehicle as well as similar information from road side detection units by means of V2X communication, providing remote sensing of non-connected vehicles, offering a reliable solution for the transition period when both automated and non-automated vehicles are using the roads.

7 partners from 4 European countries

The project combined RTK Positioning Software from Waysure (Sweden) with satellite measurements, in particular advanced Galileo signals for improved accuracy and authentication from Fraunhofer IIS (Germany). The satellite positioning has been augmented with an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) ranging solution from Spanish research institution Ceit-IK4. The self-driving truck was supplied by Scania, with Hungary-based V2X company Commsignia providing in the C-ITS technology. Baselabs from Germany provided sensor data fusion of onboard and road-side sensors and developed a situational assessment for the intended automated lane change manoeuvre. The project was coordinated by the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE).

Real Time Kinematic software solution

RTK is a technique widely used for precise GNSS positioning based on the use of code and carrier phase measurements from the primary GNSS constellation(s). The use of carrier phase measurements allows cm-level accuracies at the expense of having to solve the integer ambiguity of such carrier signals, which is a sophisticated process with a certain convergence time.  The main inconvenience of the RTK technique is that it requires a reference station relatively close to the user so that the differential satellite and transmission medium errors are negligible, of which ionospheric delay is the largest contributor. A way to partially overcome such inconvenience appears with network RTK (NRTK or virtual RTK) which uses a set of reference stations to provide correction data local to the user. In any case, RTK/NRTK approaches work well with baselines no longer than about 15 km for single frequency solutions with the required precision of autonomous vehicle applications. Where multiple GNSS frequencies are used the ionospheric error can be accounted for as it has a frequency dependent effect increasing the operational baseline length.

This project has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation programme under grant agreement No 776307.

Partners:

About RISE:

RISE is the Swedish Research Institute and innovation partner. In international collaboration with industry, academia and the public sector, we ensure the competitiveness of the business community and contribute to a sustainable society. Our 2,800 employees support and promote all manner of innovative processes. RISE is an independent, state-owned research institute that offers unique expertise and about 100 testbeds and demonstration facilities, instrumental in future-proofing technologies, products and services.

www.ri.se

About Waysure:

Waysure contribute to safer and more sustainable future transport system by enabling autonomous platforms through precision positioning.  Waysure’s high accuracy, high integrity solution is a key source of information in the self-driving sensor suite.  The precise positioning software solution enables accurate and affordable positioning for mass markets such as autonomous vehicles, micro-mobility, drones and precision agriculture.

About Ceit-IK4:

Ceit-IK4 is a non-profit research centre that was created by the University of Navarra in 1982. Our primary mission is to carry out applied industrial research projects under contract, working closely with our clients’ R&D departments. Ceit-IK4 seeks regular collaboration with companies in a range of sectors (railway, aeronautical, automotive, health, manufacturing, energy and environment) and strives to understand all aspects of our clients’ business in order to develop high value-added solutions through applied investigation projects. In addition to offering innovative solutions to our clients, Ceit-IK4 trains young researchers who are preparing to join the labour market and add value to the production system.

Thus, Ceit-IK4 contributes applying own technology and knowledge to different sectors with the development of embedded systems designing advanced sensors to provide high accuracy and low-cost solutions.

https://www.ceit.es/en/industrial-sectors/ict

About Scania
Scania is a world-leading provider of transport solutions. Together with our partners and customers we are driving the shift towards a sustainable transport system. In 2018, we delivered 88,000 trucks, 8,500 buses as well as 12,800 industrial and marine engines to our customers. Net sales totalled to over SEK 137 billion, of which about 20 percent were services-related. Founded in 1891, Scania now operates in more than 100 countries and employs some 52,000 people. Research and development are concentrated in Sweden, with branches in Brazil and India. Production takes place in Europe, Latin America and Asia, with regional production centres in Africa, Asia and Eurasia. Scania is part of TRATON SE. For more information visit: www.scania.com.

About Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS

The Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS in Erlangen is one of the world’s leading application-oriented research institutions for microelectronic and IT system solutions and services.     The Fraunhofer IIS branch in Nürnberg concentrates its competencies in positioning and identification technologies, wireless communication as well as energy-efficient system solutions in the areas of production, security, mobility and IoT. We offer standardized positioning and networking technologies that deliver impressive accuracy, real-time capability and intelligent processing in various digital applications. One key activity in Nürnberg with over 20 years of experience is the development of customized, high-precision GNSS receivers and antennas for specific applications that process signals from a combination of different sources including Galileo, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, and SBAS on multiple frequency bands.

www.iis.fraunhofer.de/GOOSE

About Commsignia:

Commsignia is the market’s most dynamic V2X company thanks to its cutting-edge technology and market ready portfolio. Commsignia specializes in Connected Car / V2X “Safer on the Road” software and hardware products compatible with IEEE 802.11p standards and DSRC and future Cellular V2X (C-V2X) / 5G technologies. Commsignia is helping to build the next generation autonomous car and smart mobility ecosystem that will make driving safer whilst reducing congestion and lowering emissions. Commsignia supplies best-in-class V2X (Car2X) Communication Software, hybrid V2X /ADAS Applications with robust PKI and SCMS security, a V2X SDK as well as OnBoard (OBU) and Roadside Units (RSU) for connected car and Smart City deployments.

About BASELABS:

BASELABS provides data fusion results for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) and highly automated driving (HAD) to OEMs, Tier1s, Tier2s and service providers. Our software framework and engineering services address both prototyping and series development of data fusion software to combine the data from all automotive sensors like radar, camera and lidar using object fusion, grid fusion and lane fusion algorithms. The resulting unified environment model enables driving functions like AEB, ACC, lane keeping and piloted driving in highway and urban scenarios. BASELABS has a team size of 50+ people. The company is in shared ownership of the four founders and Vector Informatik GmbH. This makes BASELABS strategically independent from any OEM or Tier 1 in the market.