Indra is leading a project in Spain with a budget of €9 million to overcome the technological limitations for mass deployment of electric, connected and autonomous vehicles.
The three-year Spanish RDI Mobility 2030 project is seeking to advance sustainable mobility through the development of new on-board vehicle systems, infrastructure technologies and traffic regulation, analysis, operation and control systems.
Indra is to develop and implement control centre solutions, roadside equipment and cooperative ITS (C-ITS) services in pilot projects in Madrid and Cantabria.
Indra's In-Mova Space platform will integrate all transportation data generated in the project.
The firm says In-Mova Space promotes more sustainable and collaborative mobility, and facilitates the development of new business models in smart mobility.
The company will also participate in research focused on intelligent traffic technology, which it insists will enable the safe operation of connected and non-connected vehicles, as well as C-ITS.
It will develop new traffic prediction systems based on deep learning techniques, including the connected car itself as a source of additional information.
Additionally, Indra will use artificial intelligence and advanced Lidar systems to develop solutions that will detect and warn the vehicle network and control centre of unexpected behaviour resulting from hacks or malfunctions of connected and autonomous vehicles (C/AV).
Technologies developed within the project are expected to enable the development of advanced traffic characterisation and tolling systems for connected and non-connected vehicles that enable a price model to promote the use of less polluting vehicles.
Indra will help advance a pricing model for vehicles and passengers through the use of 3D cameras for accurate detection of vehicle geometry and vehicle connectivity with infrastructure for capturing the number of passengers, emissions, travel distance.
The aim is to integrate this cost into passenger mobility in the city, so that C/AVs can enter the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) space.
Elsewhere in the project, Indra is to coordinate the work of companies working with the consortium, such as Ficosa and Wall Box Chargers as well as participating research centres and universities, including the Public University of Navarre and the Institute of Biomechanics.
The project is funded by the Center for the Development of Industrial Technology Science and Innovation Missions programme, intended to support initiatives relating to sustainable and smart mobility.
Separately, Indra performed autonomous vehicle (AV) tests on roads in Madrid, Lisbon and Paris as part of the Auto C-ITS project. Also, it continues to work as a partner in the Spanish National Consortium of the C-Roads project, led by the General Directorate of Traffic.