Deployment and test areas
DT0 – Mirošovice – Rudná corridor
Road and Motorway Directorate had launched the own C-ITS pilot project before C-Roads Czech Republic project started. This C-ITS pilot project covers the section of Prague ring road (D0 motorway) as well as the adjacent sections of D5 (km 0-5) and D1 (km 10-21) motorways. C-ITS services were put into operation within this corridor called as “MIRUD” (Mirošovice – Rudná) in 2018. This project significantly helped in the establishment of the C-Roads Czech Republic project implementation framework.
DT0 is therefore the extension of existing C-ITS deployment within the MIRUD corridor. The implemented devices are considered to be the foundation stone for the implementation and verification of further C-Roads Czech Republic project deployment and test areas (DT1 and DT3). Road and Motorway Directorate has established so called C-ITS back-office as the central element of the entire system to ensure the data coordination which is distributed to both C-ITS elements at lower levels and traffic management centers. These sections have been equipped with ITS-G5 technology in cooperation with the existing LTE technology in order to increase the coverage and availability of C-ITS services. Besides other things, drivers can obtain the warning about road works ahead within this corridor directly into their vehicle.
Road and Motorway Directorate upgraded this C-ITS corridor at the end of 2020 in order to meet the latest standards of C-Roads Platform.
DT1 – Motorway D1 around Brno city
C-ITS covers the section of D1 motorway situated in the south of the city of Brno. Implemented C-ITS services provide information to drivers about road works, slow and stationary vehicles, hazardous locations or approaching emergency vehicle.
C-ITS services are deployed over hybrid ITS-G5 / LTE system. Road and Motorway Directorate is responsible for ITS-G5 deployment. LTE-based services (high-speed data transmission within mobile networks) are provided by the mobile network operator O2 Czech Republic.
DT2 – Brno city
This pilot takes place on the class 1 radial roads connecting the outer ring road of Brno with motorway D1. This DT has been closely coordinated with DT1 in order to supplement Road Side Units (RSU) installations on the major city roads. RSU were also installed on the Vídeňská street (due to its role as expressway out of Brno to Wien and significant traffic density) which creates an important alternative route to the major roads. In addition to that, one fire brigade vehicle has also been equipped by C-ITS unit which can be also used for communication between intersection traffic lights and vehicle itself. Fire brigade vehicle could automatically switch the traffic lights to green in order to ensure safer and smoother passing through an intersection. Within DT2, Brno city has also established its own back-office.
C-ITS services provide warnings related to the approaching emergency vehicle or vehicle passing through an intersection on a red light as for example. Furthermore, Brno city gets a better overview of the current traffic situation throughout the city.
C-ITS services are provided over hybrid ITS-G5 / LTE system. The company Brněnské komunikace is responsible for deployment of ITS-G5 technology. LTE-based services are provided by the mobile network operators O2 Czech Republic and T-Mobile Czech Republic.
DT3 – Motorways D1, D5, D11 a D52 (I/51)
Road and Motorway Directorate equipped the selected motorways D1, D5 and D11 with C-ITS systems, thanks to which the Czech Republic will connect to the international C-ITS corridor, connecting the cities of Rotterdam, Frankfurt and Vienna. This pilot site also includes two cross-border locations (on the D5 motorway with Germany, and on the D52 & I/52 motorway/road with Austria).
Implemented C-ITS services provide warning messages related to traffic jams ahead, approaching emergency vehicle or the adverse weather conditions.
C-ITS services are deployed over hybrid ITS-G5 / LTE system. Road and Motorway Directorate is responsible for ITS-G5 deployment. LTE-based services are provided by the mobile network operators O2 Czech Republic and T-Mobile Czech Republic.
- Motorway D1 (E50/E65) between Prague and Brno: ITS-G5 technology has been deployed around Brno agglomeration and cellular LTE technology has been used for C-ITS services coverage on the remaining part of the motorway
- Motorway D5 (E50) between Prague and the German border: ITS-G5 technology has been deployed on the section between Prague and Pilsen and cellular technology has been used for C-ITS services coverage on remaining part of the motorway
- Motorway D11 (E67) between Prague and Hradec Králové: ITS-G5 technology covers the whole motorway section and cellular technology is being used as a secondary communication tool for C-ITS service provision
- Motorway D52 and class 1 road I/52 (E461) from Brno to the Austrian border: cellular technology covers the whole section to provide C-ITS services
DT4 – Public transport in cities of Ostrava, Pilsen and Brno
C-ITS systems have been tested in cooperation with local public transport companies for public transport purposes. In addition to that, public transport preference has been tested in cooperation with Brno public transport company there. Public transport preference at intersections is already in operation in most cities. However, the project also pays attention to public transport preference in places without traffic lights, such as preference when leaving the dedicated bus lane.
C-ITS systems have also been tested at level crossings on the single-tram track route Ostrava – Poruba – Kyjovice – Budišovice which are marked only by St. Andrew’s Cross and STOP traffic sign. It is expected these systems will significantly contribute to increase the safety there.
Drivers can receive warning related to the risk of collision with the passing tram or the increased danger of pedestrian movement on the road near tram stops.
The public transport companies of Ostrava and Pilsen together with INTENS Corporation are responsible for ITS-G5 deployment. LTE-based services are provided by the mobile network operators O2 Czech Republic and T-Mobile Czech Republic.
Within DT4, Czech Technical University in Prague has already evaluated and verified the interoperability of transmitted messages among different C-ITS devices made by various manufacturers.
DT5 – Railway level crossings
Four selected railway level crossings in the Pardubice and Ústí n. L. regions have been equipped with C-ITS technology. Thanks to that driver can obtain information about railway level crossing ahead and activation of signaling systems as well as warning message related to approaching train.
It is necessary to mention C-ITS are just supporting warning information systems, hence they cannot replace the railway signaling system.
C-ITS services are deployed over hybrid ITS-G5 / LTE system. Railway Infrastructure Administration together with AŽD are responsible for ITS-G5 deployment. LTE-based services are provided by the mobile network operators O2 Czech Republic and T-Mobile Czech Republic.
DT6 – Cross-border testing
Cross-border testing will be carried out both on the Czech/German and Czech/Austrian borders, but other test sites may be selected as well. Cross-testing with other C-Roads Platform members on their pilot sites is also part of this activity. Unfortunately, given the situation with COVID-19 pandemic the testing was postponed to spring 2021. The aim of this stage is to verify wether the deployed systems and services provided in the Czech Republic are mutually interoperable with the systems in neighbouring European countries.