The current road conditions via C-ITS directly into the truck cockpit - what do truck drivers think?

The test week for the ESRIUM H2020 project took place last week from 31.07.-04.08. at the DigiTrans Proving Ground in St. Valentin. The week should provide information about the usability of the system and whether the solution is also accepted by the road operators and users.

Credit: Matthias Rüther, Institute Director DIGITAL and Project Coordinator ESRIUM, Photo: M. Rindler
Matthias Rüther, Institute Director DIGITAL and Project Coordinator ESRIUM, Photo: JOANNEUM RESEARCH/Rindler


The goal of the ESRIUM project is to provide road users and road operators with information about road conditions and to predict further damage. In conjunction with high-precision vehicle navigation using the European satellite navigation system GALILEO, it will be possible for the first time to avoid even the smallest incipient road damage. The service life of the roadway is increased, resource-intensive repairs are delayed and road safety is improved.

For this purpose, the DIGITAL research team developed a sensor platform to detect road damage. Using satellite-based navigation systems (GNSS), we are able to precisely determine and classify the positions of the damages and visualize them in a 3D map. C-ITS receiver units integrated in the vehicle, as already installed by several manufacturers, can now receive this information while driving and give the driver recommendations for a safe, resource-saving driving style.

During the last week, the first data on acceptance among truck drivers could be collected. The basic questions to be answered were whether the C-ITS messages are received and sent correctly and how these messages are evaluated by the truck driver. Are the messages considered annoying or helpful? Do the road users* have the time to implement the recommendations of the system. The goal is to incorporate this user feedback into the next development steps of the prototype.