Ministry of Economical Development (MISE) has approved the funding of EMERGE.  Project leader is Radiolabs Consortium with Leonardo, Telespazio, Elital, University of l’Aquila as partners. Collaborations with FCA-CRF, IAM, ESA, GSA and ASI.

 The EMERGE project – Light Commercial Vehicles & Emerging Technologies for daily operations and emergency situations – part of the Innovation agreement approved between Ministry of Economical Development, Region Abruzzo, Radiolabs Consortium, Elital, Leonardo, Telespazio and University of l’Aquila, responds to the evolution towards the Connected vehicle – one of the four priorities indicated by EUCAR – European Council for Automotive R&D. The aim of EMERGE is the development, prototyping and test of innovative solutions to allow connected vehicles to operate in daily or emergency scenarios. In particular:

Geo-localization of the vehicle with satellite multi-constellation (GPS+Galileo), augmentation algorithms and data-fusion with on board sensors;

Communication inter and intra vehicles by integrating cellular, satellite public networks and 5G;

Cybersecurity for enhancing security on intra and inter vehicular communications and ensuring integrity on data for vehicle positioning;

Cloud/Edge computing by developing and implementing algorithms to identify and avoid potential hazards.

The prototypes of EMERGE embarked on DUCATO vehicles will be integrated and tested in l’Aquila thanks to the commitment and contribution of Region Abruzzo and University of l’Aquila which has just created a Center of Excellence on the connected cars technologies. These research activities are being coordinated at national level with FCA-CRF and IAM – the Innovation Pole on Automotive located in Region Abruzzo. EMERGE is also a pillar of a wider international collaboration supported by ESA with the STEV project – approved by ASI – and by GSA with the HELMET project. Both projects – coordinated by Radiolabs – aim to strengthen the existing technological excellences in Region Abruzzo (in l’Aquila there is already a 5G network) with international collaborations in a rapidly developing sector requiring highly skilled resources. Furthermore it is expected that EMERGE technologies will contribute to the railways sector that can benefit of the new localization and communication platforms for the train management and automation.