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10.9.2021 Illustrative video of autonomous miniature vehicle 5gsafeplus.fmi.fi

27.5.2021 New 5G NR test network operating in 3.5 GHz band launched in Sodankylä at full scale (2st phase).
The 5G test network in the Sod5G test track is operating with 5G NR hardware operating in 3.5 GHz band as non-standalone 5G network. The test track has now been supplemented with additional base-station unit, implemented into a new instrument mast. Based on our preliminary analysis, the 5G NR network is now available throughout the track, along with the ITS-G5 network available in road weather stations vicinity area. The work has been conducted in 5G-SAFE-PLUS project.

15.2.2021 New 5G NR test network operating in 3.5 GHz band launched in Sodankylä (1st phase).
The 5G test network in the Sod5G test track has now been updated to 5G NR hardware operating in 3.5 GHz band as non-standalone 5G network. In the first stage, existing base-station hardware and antenna systems have been updated for the new radio system. Test track will be supplemented with additional base-station unit, implemented into a new instrument mast. The work has been conducted in 5G-SAFE-PLUS project.

29.01.2021 Virtual tour of the test track
A virtual tour of the test track can be viewed from this link

27.10.2020 Autonomous drone with docking station arrived to FMI
RumbleTools has delivered and installed new autonomous drone system with a docking station to FMI facilities in Sodankylä. At this moment the docking station and drone are located in FMI facilities in Tähtelä, but the ultimate piloting location is on the Sod5G vehicle winter testing track, on the vicinity of the road weather station. The main piloting scenario of this system is the drone-assisted road weather station observations, in which the drone patrols automatically in the road stretch between two road weather stations, providing supplemental road weather observations from the route.

3.8.2020 Larger framework to the miniature vehicle purchased
Larger framework to the miniature vehicle has been purchased, as the RC-vehicle body has been found too small and inefficient for carrying multiple autonomous vehicle monitoring instruments. The development work of autonomous driving procedures continues in parallel with RC-vehicle body and larger framework, RC-body remaining as a platform for the pilot system development and the larger framework as actual piloting platform.

27.4.2020 Miniature vehicle capable of operation in outside purchased
RC-vehicle platform with single-board computer as steering unit has been purchased in parallel research project. This device is able to operate in outside conditions, and it will replace the DJI Robomaster S1 as development platform of autonomous driving.

7.4.2020 Vehicle radars purchased
Continental vehicle radars have been purchased in parallel research project. In the EMAL-perspective, they will be implemented to a vehicle in order to conduct autonomous monitoring with miniature vehicle.

25.3.2020 Lidar instruments purchased
Velodyne Surround-view Lidar instruments have been purchased in parallel research project. In the EMAL-perspective, they will be implemented to a vehicle in order to conduct autonomous monitoring with miniature vehicle.

16.3.2020 IoT sensor network implemented
The Sod5G test track has been equipped with altogether 9 road weather sensors jointly conducting weather measurements in the track and delivering measurement data via periodical Lorawan IoT communication. Sensor locations are viewed in the test track figure below, as numbered items 1-9.

Project summary report issued 28.6.2019, see from Publications

Timo Sukuvaara will have a poster presentation called "Vehicle winter testing with advanced road weather services and combined 5G and V2X communication" in Car 2 Car Forum in Lelystadt Netherlands, 20.-21.11.2018

Timo Sukuvaara had presentation "5G Vehicle Winter Testing Track for Intelligent Traffic and Advanced Road Weather Services Development" in 5G Automotive Forum 25.-26.9.2018 in Berlin

Timo Sukuvaara presented the paper "ITS-enabled advanced road weather services and infrastructures for vehicle winter testing, professional traffic fleets and future automated driving", co-authored by Kari Mäenpää, Daria Stepanova, Sakari Kantomaa and Virve Karsisto, in ITS world Congress 2018 in Copenhagen 19.9.2018

31.1.2018 Combined winter testing and connected car testing area with 5G-test network launched in Sodankylä, read more.

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Related projects:

5G-Safe-Plus

VED

EMAL

AA3D

More information:
Timo Sukuvaara
FMI Intelligent traffic research coordinator
timo.sukuvaara (at) fmi.fi