International Webinar "Smart Roads Classification"

15 June 2021, online organised from Paris (France)

This international webinar on Smart Roads Classification was held online on June 15, 2021. This webinar was part of PIARC's Special Project “Smart Roads Classification”, with the support of Universitat Politècnica de València (Spain), that aims at exploring the feasibility of a new framework for the classification of the road infrastructure based on its physical characteristics as well as on its reception capacity of the automation and connectivity of the vehicles.

Given that the presence of Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs) is on the increase, it is necessary to explore a new Smart Roads Classification (SRC) system that provides information to users and vehicles on their degree of adaptation to automated driving. This information should range from indicating which road sections do not allow any type of automated driving, to sections that are ready for any automated system, going through various intermediate degrees depending on the technology.

In order to achieve a simple-to-use and rapid-to-implement tool, a first draft for the SRC system has been developed.

The objective of this webinar was to collect feedback from all worldwide stakeholders on:

  • How they approach the notion of Smart Road Classification, What are the challenges and opportunities that they identify?
  • How they rate the criteria and principles that were used to develop this draft SRC system. Do they agree with them?

The discussions that took place during the webinar will help propose a more relevant classification system which would be adapted to different conditions and needs, and to identify challenges and opportunities for road operators and administrations.

International Webinar Program - 15 June 2021
Smart Roads Classification

Introduction

  • Introduction to the Webinar
    - Patrick Malléjacq
    , Secretary General, PIARC
    - Óscar Gutiérrez-Bolivar
    , Chair POT, Ministerio de Transportes y Movilidad, Spain
  • Introduction to the Smart Roads Classification – SRC - Alfredo García, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Literature review - David Llopis and Jose F. Monserrat, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Smart Roads Classification

  • Adaptation of CAVs to the road infrastructure - F. Javier Camacho, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Smart Roads Classification Proposal - F. Javier Camacho, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain

Smart Roads Classification – Application and Management

  • Questionnaire about SRC objectives and discussion - F. Javier Camacho, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Questions and Answers with panellists and the audience
  • Smart Roads Classification Applications and Management - F. Javier Camacho, Universitat Politècnica de València, Spain
  • Questionnaire with closed questions about the SRC Proposal and discussion
  • Questionnaire with open questions about the SRC Application and Management for discussion
  • Questions and Answers with panellists and the audience

Conclusion

  • Óscar Gutiérrez-Bolivar, Chair POT, Ministerio de Transportes y Movilidad, Spain

Video of the International Webinar

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