Over the last decades, research and best practices have shown that the road sector is one of the largest and most dynamic markets with a major business potential for GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) technology applications. GNSS receivers which provide new services for mobility (route guidance, electronic charging, etc.) have become standard equipment in cars and demand is expected to keep on rising. Indeed, the projected 2025 worldwide market size for satellite navigation receivers for both passenger and commercial vehicles is estimated at 1.16 billion. In this context, the future for EGNOS and GALILEO-related road applications seems promising.
A number of interesting road applications have already been identified and analysed within the framework of the GIROADS project framework, one of the GINA's predecessors. In turn, GINA (GNSS for Innovative road Applications) will focus on some of these most promising applications for which the European GNSS (EGNOS, and in the future GALILEO) will act as an enabler: Road User Charging (RUC) and Value Added Services (VAS).
GINA proposes to address the existing obstacles preventing a large scale take-off of road pricing and other services (VAS) based on the use of EGNOS/Galileo by:
Proving the technical feasibility and economical viability of a large scale, GNSS-only road pricing scheme (alternatives to GNSS are being considered by authorities)
Fully identifying the potential benefits related to congestion and pollution management
Demonstrating the possibility of VAS running on a road pricing operating platform, as well as the use of the same on board equipment shared by different applications
Understanding the added value of the EU technology in terms of performance or cost improvement compared to GPS-only.
To confront these barriers, the GINA project intends to focus on three main activities:
- An in-depth analysis of all the factors preventing a nationwide GNSS-based road pricing solution and VAS running on the same platforms will be performed. Legal, regulatory, interoperability and standardisation aspects will be tackled. Yet, given the importance of understanding EGNOS/Galileo's commercial feasibility, special emphasis will be placed on market and business aspects.
- A large-scale nationwide demonstration of a GNSS-based road pricing scheme and VAS will be implemented in the Netherlands. The trial will have to comply with a list of requirements defined by real end-users.
- A solid awareness-raising strategy will contribute to the adoption of the EU GNSS for road pricing and VAS.
During its two-year lifetime, GINA project wants to drastically contribute towards the uptake of the EU GNSS in road-related applications.