CITRUS’s main focus is the development of a companion app for truck drivers which allows for enhanced road safety and improved vehicle and logistics efficiency.

Services are deployed in the companion app based on a cellular C-ITS approach in combination with geo-fencing broadcast technologies. The smart use of existing, mature cellular communication technologies will allow for cost-effective and high-quality services.

With CITRUS’s companion app, the project team aims to demonstrate that this approach works and is the most pragmatic way towards rapid deployment. It avoids a continuous roll-out of dedicated and costly roadside infrastructure enabling purely ITS-G5 based solutions. Furthermore the proposed ‘companion’ is being seen as a natural evolution of current on-board ITS services.

A major goal of this pilot deployment therefore consists of the validation of the set ecosystem enabling a plethora of valuable C-ITS use cases using modern cellular networks and geo-messaging cloud services. The planned actions will lay the foundation of a large scale roll-out and uptake of C-ITS applications in Belgium and Europe.

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