i-GAME is an international project, supported by the European Commission, in which the next step is being taken towards the cooperative automation of vehicles. The i-GAME project is an applied research approach that employs a combination of research and demonstration in the interoperable exchange of messages (vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communication) in a standardized way. The i-GAME project started in October 2013 and will end in October 2016.
i-GAME Fact Sheet (PDF)
The i-GAME project aims at speeding up real-life implementation and interoperability of wireless communication based automated driving. To do this the project will arrange the second Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge – the GCDC 2016.
Following the GCDC of 2011, the challenge will allow industry and research partners to collaborate on both a national and international level. The GCDC comprises a series of verification and validation workshops, and is rounded off with a final cooperative driving challenge. In addition, a unified functional architecture for interoperable cooperative automated driving will also be developed within the project.
There are four partners in the i-GAME consortium: the Dutch-based TNO and Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e), the Spanish IDIADA and Viktoria Swedish ICT.
TNO is the Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research and was founded in 1932. TNO is a knowledge organisation for companies, governmental bodies and public organisations. TNO employees create, develop, and apply scientific knowledge in various domains ranging from industry to society aspects. It is the fundamental goal of TNO to direct its research activities toward creative and practical innovations in the form of new products, services, and processes, fully customized for businesses and governmental institutions. TNO works on seven research themes. One of these themes is “Mobility”, comprising topics as (intelligent) vehicle technology, ITS, cooperative and automated driving, road side technology, infrastructure technology, intelligent traffic management, environment and human factors in transport. www.tno.nl.
Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) is a research university specializing in engineering science & technology. Education, research and knowledge valorization contribute to: science for society: solving the major societal issues and boosting prosperity and welfare by focusing on the Strategic Areas of Energy, Health and Smart Mobility; science for industry: the development of technological innovation in cooperation with industry; science for science: progress in engineering sciences through excellence in key research cores and innovation in education. TU/e is situated in the Eindhoven Brainport region, the technological heart of the Netherlands. TU/e is committed to develop knowledge and innovative technologies to help achieve sustainable mobility for society. More than 200 researchers contribute to make mobility and transport more intelligent and productive, and to make vehicles safer, cleaner, and more efficient. www.tue.nl.
Viktoria Swedish ICT is a Swedish research institute dedicated to enable sustainable mobility by use of information and communication technology (ICT). The institute was founded in and the task is to do research and development in applied information technology in collaboration with the industry, the public sector and universities. The goal is to help Swedish automotive and transport industry achieve sustainable development and growth and to contribute to a worldwide development that takes care of the great challenges for the automotive and transport sector; oil dependency, traffic accidents, congestion, and climate impact. The institute works from a platform with five Application Areas: Cooperative Mobility, Electro Mobility, Sustainable Transports, Digitalization Strategy and Sustainable Business. Viktoria Swedish ICT headed the participation in the Grand Cooperative Driving Challenge 2011, with three participating teams. www.viktoria.se.
IDIADA, as a global partner to the automotive industry, provides complete solutions for automotive development projects worldwide. IDIADA’s Technical Centre is located 70 km south of Barcelona (Spain), having subsidiaries and branch offices in several European, American and Asian countries, with a total work force of more than 1300 employees worldwide. IDIADA’s proving ground is recognized as one of the best facilities in the world, and is renowned for the quality of its customer service. As a multi-user facility, safety and confidentiality are of the highest priority. The company holds the representation of the Spanish Government in several bodies dealing with automotive research and regulation, such as EEVC (European Enhanced Vehicle-safety Committee) and UN ECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Working Groups. In the same way, IDIADA is member of several working groups in GRSP, Euro NCAP and ISO. www.applusidiada.com.
i-GAME will bring together all relevant actors in cooperative automated driving development, such as universities, research institutes, research associations and more important automotive OEMs and suppliers, traffic industry and road operators. Although, the i-GAME consortium can be considered as a small group of research organizations, the i-GAME consortium searches support from the industry and European associations. The following parties are currently contacted for the i-GAME reference group:
- Volvo Car Corporation
- Volvo AB
These actors outside the consortium will support the project by acting in a reference group and supporting the participating teams. They will be actively involved through workshops, discussions and presentations during the events and dissemination activities.
- AutoNet2030 develops and tests a co-operative automated driving technology, based on a decentralised decision-making strategy which is enabled by mutual information sharing among nearby vehicles.
- ETSI ITS committee: i-GAME is taking the present ETSI C-ITS standards and architecture as baseline for its V2X communications system, and is actively contributing to the extension of the current message sets with specific messages for cooperative automated driving applications
- VRA project: The VRA project facilitates effective information exchange within the research community for automated driving technology development.
- AdaptIVe project: the AdaptIVe project works on complementing use cases to the Autonet 2030 project.
- Companion project: the Companion project works on complementing use cases to the Autonet 2030 project.
- NDS digital map standard
Publications about the i-GAME project and the GCDC