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Today seven students from the HAN Minor Advanced Mobility and their teacher will start a project about 'Talking Traffic' at the Automotive Campus. The project will take about six months. On behalf of the AutomotiveNL team: good luck!

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Kennisinstituut voor Mobiliteitsbeleid (KIM) predicts there will be 33% more vehicles on the roads by 2021 (R&O, 2016). Such a growth in vehicle traffic cannot be achieved by just upgrading the infrastructure alone. The vehicles themselves must also be upgraded to make sure people can travel safely and efficiently, not to mention the effect on airy quality too. Intelligent computer systems seem to be the solution for this upgrade as the IT sector has shown an enormous innovative ability in the last ten years. But the automotive sector is finding difficulties keeping up with that pace. The government too seems to have no control on the progress anymore because they cannot follow the speed of the technological advancement (Tillema, 2016). 

There are a lot of different companies trying to take advantage of this situation. New traffic applications that show the consumer specific information are coming out every day. Those applications only show a small portion of the available information. The consumer has to have a lot of different applications on his Smartphone to have all the information.

As we look at the transport sector they are already ahead of the automotive sector for example: Truck Platooning. Truck Platooning is an experimental form of trucks driving behind each other and only the truck in the front is driven by a truck driver. The other trucks are driven by computers that react on the movement of the first truck. The only vehicles that are communicating are the connected trucks (vehicle to vehicle). The surrounding vehicles and the infrastructure are not communicating with those trucks (R. Jansse, 2015).

Platooning is easy to accomplish when the vehicles only have to drive on long highways and there is no other traffic. But it is more difficult to accomplish when there are other vehicles, which do not communicate with the convoy. This may lead to accidents or traffic jams. The situations in and around the city are too complicated for platooning as well at this moment.

There are a lot of problems with the situation described above. There are many vehicles on the road that do not have any form of connectivity. The forms of connectivity are now limited to certain brands. The people behind the steering wheel make mistakes every day. The signs along roads are often misleading or outdated. The complicated situations in the cities make it nearly impossible to drive autonomously. There are also moral and ethical problems with autonomously driving. When an accident is impossible to avoid which obstacle is the car going to hit?

This project will investigate two main questions:
In which way is it possible to provide all the information and driver assistance that is available to use in order to navigate the consumer as safely and effectively as possible to their destination, especially in and around cities? (consumers with new intelligent connected vehicles, but also with their existing fleet of ‘’non intelligent vehicles’’
- Which business model will make this economically feasible and who should be involved to implement this solution?

The project team will deliver a white paper presenting the answers to these two questions, together with lesson material for lecturers to present this case to first and second year students.

In addition the team will organize two events with companies associated with AutomotiveNL whose business is relevant to this case. One is to invite them to think with the team in developing possible solutions to the problem, and the second is to present the best solution the team has devised.

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