With the advent of electric, connected and autonomous vehicles (AVs), the world of mobility is changing rapidly. Nearly half of all vehicles are expected to have some level of automation by 2030. This poses unique challenges for the safety and efficiency of our transportation infrastructure.
There is a growing opportunity to accelerate the adoption of technology on our roads, making our roads and cities smarter, more efficient, and safer for everyone. But some connected solutions are only planning for two types of drivers: automated vehicles and everyone else.
The result is a potentially dangerous disconnect between man and machine — a divide that a new breed of “smart highways” is trying to bridge.
Ferrovial, through its AIVIA Smart Roads Initiative, has been a leader in this field. Microsoft President and CEO Satya Nadella highlighted his company’s collaboration with Ferrovial in AIVIA at the Microsoft Build event on May 24.
Ferrovial is using the Microsoft Azure for Operators solution for the development of its smart highways system, led by its subsidiary Cintra. The main objective of AIVIA is to develop infrastructure and technologies that ensure the safe and sustainable coexistence of conventional and autonomous vehicles.
This initiative is a joint endeavor with global partners such as 3M, Microsoft, intel, Telefonica, Kapsch and Capgemini.
What Orchestrated Connected Corridors are
Smart roads or connected corridors are roadways built or fitted with advanced features, including sensors that monitor and report real-time road conditions and WiFi transmitters that provide broadband services to vehicles, as well as special physical and digital twin features that will allow for automated vehicles in the future.
The smart roads of the future will be able to detect changes in weather, react to poor driving conditions and send real-time alerts.
The smart roads of the future will be able to detect debris on the road, quickly notify drivers of the hazards ahead to reroute or divert traffic, as well as alert road maintenance crews that assistance is needed.
Slow Down Ahead
The smart roads of the future will use LIDAR (light detecting and ranging), sensors and cameras to detect early signs of traffic congestion and send real-time data to a command center that notifies drivers and changes digital signage. Traffic will be diverted to avoid accidents or additional congestion.
Road Work Ahead
The smart roads of the future will use sensors to detect changes in traffic flow within a construction zone. Real time alerts send hazard warning directly to connected vehicles, change digital signage and adjust speed limits, ensuring the best traffic flow while optimizing safety conditions.