HIGHTS is a Europe-base research project supported by European Union under the funding scheme “Horizon 2020”. The theme is “Smart, Green and Integrated Transport” and the focus area is Cooperative ITS. The goal of the HIGHTS project is to achieve high precision positioning system with the accuracy of 25cm.
The HIGHTS addresses the work programme topic: Mobility for Growth – “Cooperative-ITS for safe, congestion-free and sustainable mobility”. HIGHTS is a highly innovative and market driven Research and Innovation Action.
Geo-localization is a critical requirement of Cooperative-ITS (C-ITS) safety and traffic efficiency applications as well as many other applications. All Cooperative-ITS Basic Set of Application (BSA) currently proposed rely on the availability of GNSS geo-localization providing a positioning precision of the order of 2-7 meters in favorable conditions. Although not even sufficient for all actors using these applications, in particular for Road Hazard Warning and future C-ITS applications targeted by the Transport and Automotive Industry with high growth potential, such as safety of vulnerable road users or autonomous driving/platooning, current positioning precision is far from efficient. These applications are expected to require a level of precision at a sub-meter precision (< 0.5m), which is not yet available to ITS applications by any mass market GNSS technology (including Galileo). Also, the global availability and precision of the GNSS technologies is widely overestimated in current ITS applications, which raises the question of the true positioning capabilities of the C-ITS applications and their effectiveness, in particular in the case of traffic safety applications in highly dense urban environments.
This project addresses this problem by combining traditional satellite systems with an innovative use of on-board sensing and infrastructure-based wireless communication technologies (e.g., Wi-Fi, ITS-G5, UWB tracking, Zigbee, Bluetooth, LTE…) to produce advanced, highly-accurate positioning technologies for C-ITS.