Posted on April 11, 2015

The Qatar Mobility Innovations Center (QMIC) at the Qatar Science & Technology Park (QSTP) has successfully participated in this year's Cooperative Mobility Services (CMS) Interoperability Testing (Plugtestâ„¢) event, for the fourth consecutive year, said Qatar Tribune.

The event was organised by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) in partnership with ERTICO-ITS Europe, and hosted by TASS International in Helmond, Netherlands, recently.  About 100 experts from over 40 organisations came together from all over the world to test the interoperability of the Vehicle-to-Vehicle (V2V) and Vehicle-to-Infrastructure (V2I) systems known also as Connected Vehicles.

Connected Vehicles will change intelligent transportation by enabling wireless communication among vehicles and infrastructure in a seamless manner and using a common standard or language. This will lead to the realisation of next generation Road Safety Systems, a key enabler for future autonomous and self-driving vehicles. US Department of Transportation's studies show that Connected Vehicles, if fully implemented, could mitigate up to 80 percent of road accidents. In the past, the main focus was on how to survive accidents whereas Connected Vehicles aims to avoid them completely, as well as enhancing the daily driving experience, as a whole. 

To demonstrate its progress in developing connected vehicles platforms and applications, in April 2014, QMIC held the first Connected Vehicles field demo in the Middle East and North Africa region at the campus of the Qatar Science and Technology Park. The event was attended by VIPs from government, industry, research and academic sectors in Qatar, showing them first hand how this technology works. Since then, the QMIC R&D team has added more features and capabilities to its platform that allowed it to successfully participate in this year's plugtests event.

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Dr Adnan Abu-Dayya, Executive Director (CEO) of QMIC said,"Connected Vehicle (V2X) Technologies represent a key element of QMIC's leading and integrated road safety innovations portfolio. It complements our leading Masarak traffic and telematics platform and our Salamtek distracted driving solutions." "Our successful participation in the recent plugtests event solidifies our regional leadership position in this emerging area. We look forward to working with leading national entities in Qatar to support our vision of making Qatar one of the leading nations in deploying V2X systems in order to realise the significant road safety and driving convenience benefits," Abu-Dayya added.

The QMIC team was led by Dr Hamid Menouar, Product Manager of the Connected Vehicle programme and R&D Expert at the event. QMIC's Connected Vehicles platform has been successfully tested against platforms of other international organisations who participated in the event which helps QMIC to put its platform at a competitive international position. In addition, this intensive testing also provides an early chance to validate the conformance against the first release of the ETSI TC ITS standards. Such testing events are necessary not only to enhance the quality of standards prior to deployment, but also to reduce the time to market, and to support the early deployment of the technology.

After three successful CMS Plugtests events in the past years, the ETSI TC ITS standards have matured significantly allowing more complex features to be tested in this year CMS Plugtests. To demonstrate the level of progress and maturity of standards, the total number of planned test cases reached 340 at this year's event compared to only 49 test cases last year.

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