Spanish Cooperation to Increase Cyclists Safety on the Road

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Spanish Cooperation to Increase Cyclists Safety on the Road

Telefónica, the Spanish Directorate General for Traffic (DGT) and SEAT presented two cases in which IoT-technology helps to increase road cyclists safety and reduce the number of accidents on Spanish roads.

The project aims at allowing early detection and warning of hazards to drivers in two specific dangerous cases: A cyclist riding along the same road or a stationary car on the road due to a breakdown or some other type of incident.
The system consists of a drone with a camera, which captures images of the road and sends them to a server connected to the DGT 3.0 platform via Telefónica’s mobile network. The system processes the image, detects if there is a bicycle or a stationary vehicle on the road and sends an alert to the connected car.

A Telematic Control Unit (TCU) with C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle to Everything) technology allows communication between the vehicle’s internal network and its surroundings (the DGT 3.0 platform, signalling and infrastructure systems, other vehicles etc.). Connected cars travelling the road on which the obstacle has been detected can receive an alert, warning their drivers of the danger ahead. Telefónica provides the project with end-to-end connectivity and has opened its network so that third parties can deploy applications on the edge of the network, enabling critical communications with immediate response (low latency), e. g. traffic management. 5G capabilities have been deployed to minimize latencies.
As a main sponsor of the Movistar Team, Telefónica has a close relationship with the world of cycling. The project also involved SEAT as provider of vehicles equipped with the latest connectivity technology; Ficosa, which developed the TCU unit and software for transmitting information from the car to external entities; and Aeorum, designer and developer of camera-equipped drones that identify obstacles on the road.

Author: Tim Cole
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