Over 300 exhibitors and 8,000 visitors from more than 60 countries gathered at the event held at the Messe Wien in the Austrian capital from 22nd to 26th October 2012, to share best practice and to look at innovative new systems aimed at improving mobility.
The Nuneaton based consultancy’s eye catching stand at the show featured an innovative collision avoidance demonstrator, comprised of four highly accurate near infra-red ‘Ground Truth’ positioning system cameras and a miniature scale section of test track, complete with cars and intersections.
By utilising the same motion capture technology used by some of the world’s largest film companies, the experts behind MIRA’s ingenious ITS demonstrator used reflective markers placed on the tops of the cars to reflect light back to the cameras positioned on each of the demonstrator’s four corners. Information fed from the cameras to a central computer featuring MIRA’s advanced proving ground management software allowed the system to accurately pinpoint the exact location of each of the cars as they travelled around the track. By knowing where the cars were at all times the system was able to predict and prevent collisions. To prevent a collision from occurring, the system would allocate priority to one of the vehicles as they both approached the intersection, enabling one of the vehicles to continue whilst the other was instructed to wait at the junction before moving again.
MIRA’s impressive presence at the congress was further complemented by presentations given by MIRA’s IrerI Ibarra – Functional Safety Consultant, entitled ‘Beyond cross-cutting concerns for resilient intelligent transportation systems’ and by Mark Fowkes – Senior Consultant, entitled ‘The design, implementation and evaluation of a smart driving assistance application: Foot-LITE’. MIRA representatives were also on hand throughout the show to discuss a variety of ITS related topics with fellow delegates and to provide guidance to any organisations seeking to test and develop ITS applications.