Manabu Tsukada gave a talk in seminar of chair Drive for All at Mines ParisTech. Presentation title was “Infrastructure-Assisted V2V Messaging for cooperative autonomous driving”.
Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) are systems where the vehicles, the roadside infrastructure, central control centres and other elements exchange information to achieve better road safety, traffic efficiency and comfort of the road users. These cooperative elements share the information by organising Vehicular Ad-hoc Network (VANET) or using the mobile network (e.g. 3G and LTE) and realises various cooperative ITS services. To promote wider deployment of such services, many stakeholders made consensus that the communication platform must be based on a common architecture and drive rapid international standardisation (e.g. ISO, ETSI, IEEE). In the near future, autonomous vehicles also benefit from such communication platforms by enforcing the perception, planing, and decision-making. However the most basic Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) messages standardized in Europe, US and Japan suffer from same issues such as 1) unable to receive messages from the object without V2V transmitter, 2) message loss because of obstacle and wireless range, 3) vulnerable for malfunctioning and malicious node. For the solution, we propose an infrastructure-assisted V2V messaging system to support cooperative autonomous driving. We design the system based on the ITS Station architecture standardized in ISO/ETSI, working with any vehicle sensing technology. Moreover, we implement the prototype roadside system with a stereo vision for the vehicle sensing. The prototype system is evaluated in a field test in the campus of the University of Tokyo. The results show that the proposed system significantly improves the coverage of V2V messaging while the system overhead is limited. The proposal is being integrated to our personal mobility autonomous vehicle system based on an open source software. We are also planning the contribution to the international standardization of the technique.