INFRAMIX is preparing the road infrastructure to support the transition period and the coexistence of conventional and automated vehicles. INFRAMIX main target is to design, upgrade, adapt and test (in simulation and in real-world) both physical and digital elements of the road infrastructure, to enable the coexistence of automated and conventional vehicles, in specific scenarios, ensuring an uninterrupted, predictable, safe and efficient traffic; the key outcome will be a “hybrid” road infrastructure able to handle the transition period and become the basis for future automated transport systems.
To achieve this goal INFRAMIX will employ new advanced microscopic traffic flow models, advanced simulation techniques, innovative control strategies, as well as appropriate new and adapted existing physical and digital infrastructure elements. All these will be cross validated against user appreciation and safety performance leading among others to a novel infrastructure classification scheme.
In the frame of INFRAMIX implementation and testing of specific minimum affordable adaptations at the hybrid infrastructure (physical & digital) of real highways operated by consortium partners, namely ASFiNAG and Autopistas, which are among the most technologically advanced and modern highway infrastructures in Europe and beyond. Between the interventions to be investigated will be novel signalling and visualisation elements for making the traffic control measures and strategies “readable” by both automated and conventional vehicles. Moreover, advances regarding the electronic horizon for automated vehicles will take place, by integrating dynamic information from the infrastructure e.g. traffic flow. Other elements that will be investigated include physical and digital segregation elements, new standards for automated vehicle registration, standardised V2I communication messages etc.