QATARV2X (Q-V2X-FOT:The Qatar Connected Vehicles Program: from POC to Large-Scale FOT) is a three years R&D project funded by the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) under the 8th cycle of National Priorities Research Program (NPRP).
Start Date: Feb. 10th, 2016
Duration: 3 years
This project (Q-V2X-FOT) comes as a continuation of a successful NPRP research project (CopITS ) which ended-up with the first Standard-compliant Connected Vehicles platform and successful demonstration in the region. Here we propose a new project, first to enhance the platform we have developed in CopITS to deal with scalability, support multiple standards, and support further applications, then deploy a large-scale field-test with many road-side-unites and vehicles to do extensive field-tests. This project is important to continue our successful efforts in the field of Connected Vehicles, and crucial for Qatar and the region as it will answer blocking questions prior to regional deployment.
This project is unique as it aims at deploying components from both US and European standards for purpose of comparison. All FOTs that have been conducted before have focused on one single standard.
The main objectives of this FOT project include:
- Develop and integrate the end-to-end system (OBUs, RSUs and MSC) and deploy in in the field to enable the first Connected Vehicles city in the region. Such a large-scale platform will be a great environment for local researches and students to host and test new Connected Vehicles applications and services.
- Evaluate both European and US standards through intensive on-the-field (on Qatar’s roads) tests, and based on the evaluation outcomes report to local authorities suggestions on which standard and radio frequencies to adopt in Qatar and the region.
- Investigate the security and privacy issues and propose optimizations to support local needs and requirements.
- Optimize the system and customize the services and applications to better support local needs and to better deal with local driver experience and behavior.
- Connected Vehicles once deployed will be a source of Big Data, therefore appropriate mechanisms will be implemented to efficiently collect, process, secure, and store data from all parties involved the field tests.
- Realizing and deploying Connected Vehicles needs a strong ecosystem, and to that end we will be approaching key local stakeholder to establish a National Consortium which will setup national guidance, policies, and regulations for connected vehicles in Qatar.