Italy is developing a smart road system with drone stewards and sensors
ANAS, the Italian concessionaire for national road and motorway network, is developing a new smart road infrastructure to be used on 2 500 km of its 26 000 km network. The idea is to build a digital layer on top of the physical infrastructure to allow dialogue between vehicles, infrastructure and the road operator. All this will optimize mobility and reduce accidents and enable the transition towards autonomous cars.
The system will be based on C-ITS services (Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems) based on V2I (vehicle-to-infrastructure) and V2V (Vehicle-to-Vehicle) communications ready to be integrated to the 5G technology.
The project will be developed in three phases with a total investment of one billion euros. The first part of the investments is already financed with a 250-million-euro package.
The project is considered as one of the most innovative and ambitious in the world. Another important part of the digital road plan are the sensor poles that detect major environmental changes, from road conditions ahead to air pollution and wind speed and humidity. This information will be sent to vehicles via Wi-Fi and displayed through low-energy panels that are attached to the main body of the poles.
In the following phases the smart infrastructure will include drones that monitor tunnels, viaducts and general infrastructure. They will also detect accidents, like fires and floods, and can bring medicine and first aid to drivers.
Have a look at the video to learn more: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=4&v=Vkgb9_PW0J4
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