Seat, Telefónica and DGT join forces to increase safety on the road
In Becerril de la Sierra (Madrid), Seat, Telefónica and the Spanish Directorate General for Traffic (DGT presented two cases in which IoT (Internet of Things) technology is used to increase road safety by helping to reduce accidents on roads.
The aim of the project is to show how an Internet of Things solution works in the early detection and warning of hazards to drivers travelling on a road with two specific cases that often cause situations of great danger: the presence of a cyclist riding along the same road and the existence of a stationary car on the road due to a breakdown or some other type of incident.
The Internet of Things system consists of a drone with a camera, which captures images of what is happening on the road and sends them in real time to a server that will soon be connected to the DGT 3.0 platform via Telefónica’s mobile network. The system processes the image, detects if there is a bicycle or a stationary vehicle on the road and sends an alert to the connected Seat car.
The vehicle is connected to the network by a Telematic Control Unit, using C-V2X (Cellular Vehicle to Everything) technology through software that enables communication between the vehicle's internal network and its surroundings.
The result is that the connected cars travelling on that road and in the same direction in which the obstacle has been detected receive an alert that warns them of the danger they are going to encounter further on. This means that the driver can anticipate the problem and make decisions, having time to react, thus avoiding possible accidents.