The most problematic highway in Italy, the eternal unfinished, the A3 Salerno – Reggio Calabria, takes its revenge by becoming the first Italian motorway (and one of the first worldwide) optimized for the circulation of the cars of the future, those driverless.
A very near future is that expected for this new kind of cars that will shock not only mobility, but also the economy and society.
Italy, like other European countries, is getting ready: if Germany invests to get first and win the industrial leadership, although Italy does not want to be outdone and investments apparently are starting.
Anas, the company that manages the Italian roads and motorways network whose sole shareholder is the Ministry of Economy, under the control and the technical and operational supervision of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, has made available 80 million euro for the “Smart Road” project, which was created with the idea of providing the streets, especially the most important ones, with the latest technological infrastructure necessary to support the movement of driverless cars.
Early works, for which the tender has already been issued last June with a budget of € 20 million, will cover the whole A3 Salerno-Reggio Calabria and Avellino-Salerno motorway as access to A3 . The goal is to extend the project to the nationwide network of Anas.
What does the project involve?
According to Corcom, the new Smart Road will be equipped with several innovative technologies, including:
– RADIO CONNECTION SYSTEMS. The Wi-Fi “in motion” will allow a of the signal continuity to the car on the move even at the maximum speed allowed.
– DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM. The project includes, among other things, the fiber optic installation compatible with the requirements of the “broadband plan” of government.
– SYSTEM FOR ELECTRICITY GENERATION. The so-called Green Island for the production of clean energy, are planned. The sase will also serve as areas to recharge electric vehicles, drones and logistics vehicles.
– MONITORING SYSTEMS. The road will be equipped with modern sensors for continuous monitoring of all parameters to mitigate risk factors, maximize the safety and the driving comfort, and take effective actions in cases of emergency.
#smartroad project was explained in Rome at the World Meeting organized by Anas and the World Road Association, where 120 delegates from associated countries, as well as the main international organizations and authorities dealing with road mobility, met and discussed the subject of new technologies for road safety. In particular this year, the focus was the driverless car.
During the event it was emphasized that Italy deserves an important acknowledgment, being one of the first leading countries in the field of driverless car, proved by some important moments, such as “MilleMiglia in Automatico” created by a group of Italian research in 1998. And yet, the first intercontinental journey Parma-Shanghai with automatic and electric vehicles made by VisLab, a project born at the University of Parma as an academic spin-off, and then sold to Ambarella, corporation in Silicon Valley. Today this car is called Deeva