The European Space Agency (ESA) signed an agreement this week with the European intelligent transport system organization ERTICO to explore how space technologies can support future smart road systems such as autonomous vehicles.
EERTICO, the European Road Transport Telematics Implementation Coordination, is a public-private partnership with a roadmap to reduce accidents caused by human error through technologies such as collision avoidance, lane departure warnings and regulation of traffic flows. ESA announced the memorandum of intent with the group on August 23.
ERTICO will collaborate with ESA’s navigation innovation and support programme, NAVISP. The program involves many Galileo satnav engineers and explores ways to improve satellite navigation, alternative positioning systems and new navigation services and applications. The collaboration aims to support the development and commercialization of future sustainable technologies in the transport and mobility sector.
“Because ERTICO connects so many different players – service providers, transport companies, research institutes, universities, public authorities and the connectivity industry as well as car manufacturers – this cooperation opens up a large number of unique starting points for future research, bringing our work closer to market and increasing opportunities for commercializing space applications,” commented Rafael Lucas, Technical Program Office Manager, NAVISP.