Irish drivers wanted for pilot scheme to trial new ‘talking cars’ technology

The system, which is being piloted EU-wide, would enable vehicles to “talk” to roadside sensors and to other vehicles that can convey information about conditions in their vicinity.

Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems (C-ITS), as the system is called, is intended to be a step-up from the digital display signs currently on main roads that warn of approaching problems.

Instead of having to wait to see a sign, motorists would get real-time information relayed to them from road network operators via an app or an on-board unit.

Linked devices will use “on-road connected vehicle technology” to gather and display information about collisions, congestion, stationary vehicles, road works and hazardous weather.

Advice on alternative routes, wait times and recommended speeds will be provided while electric vehicle charging points and other services nearby can be provided.

In Ireland, the pilot scheme is being run by the Department of Transport and road operators, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII).

TII can draw on a vast amount of information from its own road sensors and CCTV cameras, but getting it to motorists in good time is a challenge.

Even more challenging is ensuring that motorists driving their vehicles in other EU countries can get adequate warnings. The pilot aims to develop a common system that can be shared between all road operators and road users in every EU state.

Down the line, it is likely the system will feed into the technology needed to support automated, driverless vehicles.

From today, TII is seeking 1,500 members of the public to participate in the pilot which will run until the end of this year.

As the trial covers around 355km of the network on the M1, M50, M7 and M8 motorways, participants would need to be driving these routes regularly.

Anyone interested in taking part can log on to where they will be asked to complete a short survey to assess their suitability.

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