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Research on Alternative Diversity Aspects for Trucks
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General information
Europe EC
From 2015-05-01 to 2018-04-30 Ongoing
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VRA, the network of automation

The main objective of ROADART is to investigate and optimize the integration of ITS communication units into trucks. Due to the size of a truck-trailer combination the architecture approaches investigated for passenger cars are not applicable. New architecture concepts have to be developed and evaluated in order to assure a sufficient Quality of Service (QoS) for trucks and heavy duty vehicles. The ROADART project aims to demonstrate especially the road safety applications for T2T and T2I systems under critical conditions in a real environment, like tunnels and platooning of several trucks driving close behind each other. Besides that traffic flow optimization and therefore reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions are positive outcomes of the use cases demonstrated in this project.


The main objectives of the project include:

  • Perform communications between trucks, trucks and infrastructure.
  • Perform full statistical characterization of ROADART-specific multi-antenna radio channels.
  • Develop novel radio channel models for T2T T2I channels with the support of the multiple antenna systems.
  • Investigate multiple antenna diversity techniques in order to provide increased throughput and reliability in T2T and T2I wireless links.
  • Evaluate the use of beamforming for the communications with new elements to existing vehicular communications.
  • Introduction of spatial modulation as a transmission technique.
  • Investigate communication system improvement through cooperative techniques and relays.
  • Develop novel localization and detection techniques for conditions where Satellite global navigation systems are not applicable, using cooperative and adaptive communication techniques as well as sensor measurements and information from infrastructure.


  • All the proposed techniques will be extensively evaluated through simulation using the realistic, measurement-based ROADARD channel models.
  • Cooperative Adaptive Cruise Control, a safety-critical application, will be implemented on a truck, to evaluate the theoretical results and to support the measurements. Herewith, a safety approach for increasing robustness w.r.t. wireless communication impairments on the application layer will be developed and implemented.
  • Based on the results and conclusions, a novel multi-antenna T2T/T2I communication platform will be developed that will achieve optimized and reliable use of the radio channels in order to provide T2T/T2I services in terms of safety, traffic/route control, transportation efficiency and environmental awareness, while taking into account practical issues regarding the installation of complicated communication systems on heavy duty vehicles.

Related Projects


  • IMST GmbH
  • Man & Truck Bus AG
  • TNO
  • University of Piraeus Research Center


Total cost:€ 3.906.870 / EU Contribution:€ 3.906.870

Funded under the call: H2020-MG-2014

Topic: MG-3.5a-2014 - Cooperative ITS for safe, congestion free and sustainable mobility