Portuguese company uses its experience in space and knowledge on transportation systems and market to provide a solution for High Occupancy Vehicles (HOV). The company is looking for partners in integrating this solution on existing HOV or tolling systems (e.g. it could be an added feature within an existing tolling equipment) or in cars in communication with road management systems. Licence agreement, reciprocal production and distribution services agreement are sought.
Congestion is a major problem in many highways and multilane roads nearby major cities in Europe and worldwide. Reduction of that congestion and, in general, a major efficiency in traffic strongly recommends that vehicles are shared by more than one passenger. Authorities promote the high occupancy vehicles (HOV) either facilitating the use of dedicated lanes or having reduced tariffs when using tolled highways. This solution provides the technological means to classify vehicles as HOV and it can be easily integrated in existing tolling systems, as it is based on stand alone technology and it can run on existing processors or deployed following a “system on chip” (SoC) philosophy. This specific technology comes from the need for the autonomous estimation of spacecraft inertia characteristics in the aerospace domain, namely: the vehicle mass, centre of mass position and inertia (MCI). This technology is a key aspect in the control of a spacecraft and its performance has a direct impact on the optimisation of the available resources. The more accurate the estimation of these parameters, the more optimised the selection of the manoeuvres to be conducted and their characteristics. This technology has been demonstrated in two different scenarios. In the HOV application, the solution was able to identify all HOV scenarios correctly, in an operational environment. As for the counting and classification of the number of passengers, the application was correct in over 95% of the tests conducted so far, showing very promising results. All tests were conducted with two different car models. The company, part of an international group working in 4 different areas (space; defence; transport; secure e-solutions), is now looking for partners (industry or private company) that are able to integrate this solution into the market. This solution can be applied to road transportation and the HOV concept but also to estimating the masses of different people in a vehicle, truck or any transport in fact. As such, the Portuguese company is open to other possibilities, envisage partners working in the field of automotive industry like Tier-1 providers, road tolling and road infrastructure management (e.g. “highway concessionaires”). The company is open to discuss about the most suitable type of partnership to be established (license agreement or reciprocal production) in which the partner could integrate this solution into a product in the market, and also distribution services agreement to perform its commercialisation.
Innovations and advantages
This technology brings three main advantages when compared with the current systems for HOV identification, which are mainly vision-based. Firstly, it is more reliable as it is harder to deceive (current systems are being deceived by placing dolls in the car to pass as passengers) and it is tailored to the car’s characteristics after a short calibration. Secondly, this technology can be self-standing, not necessarily integrated with the vehicle’s sensors. This allows just placing a black box onto the car and starting using it. Thirdly, it is very user friendly since it is transparent to the user, who does not need to have any knowledge on the technology running inside and it can be deployed in existing processors.
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Area of partner's activity
Type of partner sought: looking for partners (e.g. industry, private company) working in the field of automotive industry, like Tier-1 providers, road tolling and road infrastructure management (e.g. “highway concessionaires”). However, the company is open to other possibilities. Role of the partner: to integrate this solution into a product in the market. The company is open to discuss about the tasks to be performed for commercialisation. This solution can be applied to road transportation and the HOV concept but also to estimating the masses of different people in a vehicle, truck or any transport in fact. Type of partnership sought: the company is open to discuss about the most suitable type of partnership to be established (e.g. license agreement, reciprocal production and distribution services agreement).