Autonomous vehicles will generate and use a large variety of data to permanently analyse their geographical position, condition of the road, state of the vehicle, passenger comfort and safety. To manage all this data, we need High Performance Computing.

Smart Space Mobility Test Bed technical presentation

Driverless cars will be equipped with a large number of sensors, embedded cameras, in-car computers, high precision GPS and satellite receivers, short-range wireless network and 5G interfaces to connect to the Internet. These vehicles will permanently exchange data with management and supervising systems and will sync up with large data-bases that are constantly feeding them with real-time information about the local environment, traffic situation, emergency alerts and weather conditions. The transmitted information will be used by predictive driving functions to avoid road hazards and increase passenger safety.

When this type of vehicles will go main-stream, the amount of data generated will grow exponentially. According to Intel, driverless vehicles will send more than four terabytes of data (approximatively 1000 DVDs) in about an hour and a half of driving to the cloud. In the future, cars will create significantly more data than today the entire Internet community. Only next generation exascale High Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data capabilities can deliver the required computing power to implement predictive decision support systems based on Artificial Intelligence to evaluate this enormous amount of data.

If the transportation-as-a-service business model (mobility solutions consumed as a service) will become a reality, it is essential that European companies stay in the race.

Luxembourg understands the importance of the big data and already adopted a digital transformation strategy for the entire country called the “The Third Industrial Revolution Luxembourg”. This strategy aims to make the existing economic model more sustainable and interconnected for future generations by working with digital technologies, energy and transport as part of an intelligent network. The entire country as such will become a testing ground to try out the different innovative strategies on a real scale and on a national level. In the domain of intelligent transport and mobility systems, Luxembourg wants to test alternative transport systems like “electric and autonomous vehicles”.

The "Smart Space - Mobility Application" is a new collaboration with the countries involved in the IPCEI: Italy France and Spain, to set up a consortium to develop together new concepts in these domains. It will combine “Connected Car” and “Big Data” technologies through the application of data cross-fertilization technics to gain new insights required for innovative Intelligent Transportation Solutions.

When using real-time High Performance Data Analysis, multiple data streams coming from Earth Observation and Galileo satellites, car and road sensors, weather models or traffic management, it will be possible to processed and converted them into meaningful information that can be delivered to people, vehicles and roadside infrastructures to improve on-road interactions, transport safety and travel comfort.