Buckmore Park welcomed participants and partners once more for the last day of TESTFEST and spirits were high as the technical teams stood ready for local rural and motorway tests to commence.

The day was originally divided into two testing scenarios, Rural ITS-G5 GLOSA and Hybrid Served IVS and RWW (through ITS-G5 and cellular), to trial the delivery of these services on a rural road network. However, as a result of the week’s test scenarios, the UK team updated technical systems to facilitate running regulatory and informative message codes. This development enabled greater participation as services could be viewed on additional HMIs. As a result, testing became more fluid and all services were run over both of the testing scenarios.

Additional technical amendments were made with assistance from Dutch partners, as a flaw displayed on their OBU enabled the UK to identify a RSU bug. Technical teams amended the issue and this collaboration of efforts ensured more signal could be sent, allowing participants from the Netherlands to gather more data.

All systems functioned with very few glitches and delivered all day one services to all participants involved, who were extremely pleased with the smooth running of the final tests. Feedback from all partners and organisations was positive and the success of the day demonstrates the hard work of all involved.

In the run up to lunch, representatives from Cisco, Vodafone, AESIN, ITS UK, RAC Foundation and other organisations were welcomed for test drives prior to the afternoon’s plenary session. Many of whom expressed their excitement to see all services delivered through hybrid communications in one testing scenario. In particular, invitees were eager to see the simulated interoperability of services being tested. Reception to the test drives of the M2 road network was encouraging and supportive and a sense of anticipation was in the air.

A plenary session ran for the remainder of Thursday afternoon with presentations from Richard Silvester of Transport for London, Mark Cracknell from Meridian Mobility Technology and Phillip Proctor of Highways England. The objectives of the A2M2 InterCor project and TESTFEST were outlined and the future developments for connected vehicles explored alongside the potential benefits they offer. A question and answer panel discussion followed, which opened up debate within the C-ITS community and demonstrated the prospects for C-ITS moving forward.

The accomplishments of the day were a credit to the efforts of all InterCor partners, UK partners and their technical teams to date. The end of the UK TESTFEST marks the next stage of the project as it moves into pilot and data is gathered for evaluation.