Traffic congestion represents a serious threat to Europe in general and to Spain in particular, because of the loss of economic competitiveness. In addition, most of the people (~78% in Spain) live in urban areas where there is increased demand for mobility for both people and goods. Since urban settings usually do not allow the construction of new roads to address the increasing demand for mobility, these scenarios represent a significant environmental challenge. In fact, in the coming decades they will be used strategies more 'intelligent' and 'cooperative' for urban traffic management, using new technologies in order to increase the social and economic welfare. In particular, some studies estimate that an increased in road capacity close to 20-30% can be obtained with just a better and more effective use of existing roads, using advanced and innovative traffic management techniques.
Within CoMoSeF, the Spanish consortium will be in charge of the definition of the global functional architecture and the development of cooperative ITS applications for safety and traffic management. They will focus on the development of local applications for messages reception and data visualization on mobile device platforms, as well as local applications used for data acquisition and interaction with others ITS systems (connection and interaction with OBU and RSU HW prototypes). Moreover, they will study the possible integration of ITS sensors with intelligent cooperative RSU.
The CoMoSeF Project has been co-founded by the Spanish Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism, within the National Plan of Scientific Investigation, Development and Technologic Innovation 2008-2011 (TSI-020401-2012-5).