In May 2016 the Brainport Region in the Netherlands can prepare itself for an international event in the field of cooperative driving: GCDC 2016. The Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge (GCDC) is one of the highlights of the i-GAME project, a European research project, supported by the European Commission, in which the next step towards the cooperative automation of vehicles are taken.
The GCDC 2016 is an innovative and competitive demonstration taking place on the A270 highway between Helmond and Eindhoven, in which 10 European teams compete with each other. The demonstration is a combination of vehicle automation (making it self-driving) and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication.
The i-GAME research project and the GCDC 2016 take cooperative automation of vehicles to the next level and help speeding-up implementation. The underlying goal is to boost traffic safety and traffic flow and reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
Road traffic continues to face significant challenges regarding congestion, traffic safety and emissions. The combination of vehicle automation (making it self-driving) and vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication may provide a solution to some of these issues. To enable these improvements, vehicle-to-vehicle cooperation is only possible if we can agree on what we want to communicate with each other and when we do it. That is precisely the aim of the i-GAME: to prove a basis for cooperative automated driving in an international context.
In addition i-GAME supports a multi-vendor approach where vehicles from different manufacturers can cooperate based on a minimum set of common rules such as safety regulations and communication protocols.