ROADVIEW’s contribution to ETSI VTI standardisation

The world of autonomous driving is evolving rapidly, and with it, the need for robust, standardised communication systems for automated vehicles has become more crucial than ever. The ROADVIEW project is contributing to the standardisation efforts of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in the Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) domain, specifically focusing V2X communication between autonomous vehicles and infrastructure-based decision-making systems.

What is V2X Communication?

V2X communication is a cornerstone technology in cooperative, connected and automated mobility, as it enables the exchange of information between vehicles, infrastructure, and other road users. In case of harsh weather conditions, this communication is vital for enhancing road safety and traffic efficiency of automated vehicles, as it provides real-time information about road conditions, the surrounding environment and potential risks ahead of the vehicles.

ETSI ITS Standardisation

ETSI is an independent, non-profit organisation that develops globally applicable standards for Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), including fixed, mobile, radio, converged, broadcast, and internet technologies. 

Figure 1. Example of V2X Infrastructure

Their role in ITS standardisation is pivotal, particularly in the context of autonomous driving. By standardising V2X message formats, ETSI aims to ensure interoperability among various manufacturers and systems, which is critical for its reliability and effectiveness.

ETSI ITS Standardisation

The Canon Research Centre France (CFR) and VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (VTT) have recently presented the ROADVIEW use case to ETSI ITS technical committee. This use case focuses on autonomous driving in challenging weather conditions, with a focus on slippery roads. Such conditions pose significant risks, and the standardisation of communication protocols is vital for ensuring the safety and reliability of autonomous vehicles in these scenarios. The ambitious goal of ROADVIEW is to demonstrate its use case within the ITS Manoeuvre Coordination Service, showcasing how standardised V2X communication between autonomous vehicles and infrastructure-based decision-making systems can significantly enhance safety and efficiency, especially in adverse weather conditions. This initiative is not just about technological advancement but also about setting a precedent in Europe for future developments in autonomous driving.