HGV navigation app from University of Leicester takes to the road

Posted by pt91 at Sep 14, 2015 11:30 AM |
SATURN roadshow showcases innovative technologies across Europe, starting in Leicester on 16 September

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 September 2015

University of Leicester scientists will demonstrate a new application to help HGV drivers find safe routes in urban areas at a roadshow showcasing new technologies that aim to minimise traffic congestion, noise and air pollution.

On Wednesday 16 September, the University of Leicester will host the inaugural Roadshow for SATURN (SATellite applications for URbaN mobility) where an innovative geo-information platform and four demonstrator solutions are set to be showcased.

The Roadshow will then travel across Europe, with stops in Toulouse, France, and Warsaw, Poland. It will culminate in Bordeaux, where SATURN partners will demonstrate the GEO Platform and the applications at the ITS World Congress in October 2015.

The University of Leicester team will explain the functionalities and capabilities of their HGV router and positioning system to the local authorities of Leicester and Leicestershire at the event.

On 7 July, the University of Leicester team successfully demonstrated to the Bordeaux council the HGV route planner in a tablet capable of identifying the compliant and adequate routes as set by local authorities for lorry drivers and fleet managers. Based on data already collected from the council, and drawing from satellite and other georeferenced technology, the team recorded a fictitious journey with a tall vehicle. By changing the vehicle properties – weight and height - the application was able to recalculate a suitable route, avoiding potential hazards and restrictions.

The event on 16 September is free but has limited spaces. To register, please go to https://saturn.eventbrite.co.uk

Professor Paul Monks, Professor of Atmospheric Chemistry and Earth Observation, said: “Space technologies are now key to the development of innovative solutions for better mobility, less congestion and enhanced safety on and around urban roads. We have shown that it is possible to improve the movement of HGVs through the urban fabric.”

The SATURN Roadshow is organised in collaboration with the Leicester and Leicestershire Freight Quality Partnership, and is supported by EMBRACE, the East Midlands Satellite Applications Centre of Excellence.

As a fast expanding city, Bordeaux also had four other demonstrator technologies presented by SATURN:

  1. A geo-information platform with useful local authority data
  2. An Urban Atlas to show urban density and its expansion
  3. How to improve road infrastructure safety and maintenance using Satellite Copernicus data;
  4. Use of UAVs for the inspection and monitoring of road network and infrastructures.

SATURN is coordinated by Aerospace Valley (FR) partnering with the University of Leicester (UK), Fly-n-Sense(FR), CEREMA(FR), ARTAL (FR), Capital High Tech (FR),  IGIK (PL) and Heller (PL). This project has received funding from the European Union’s action entitled "European Mobile and Mobility Alliance (EMMIA) 2013-105/g/ENT/CIP/13/C/N03C03 – Development of demonstrators using the information from Copernicus, the European observation programme, and signals from Galileo and EGNOS, the European GNSS" under Grant Agreement no SI.680449.


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For further queries please contact Professor Paul Monks or Dr Teresa Raventos (tr91@le.ac.uk )

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