Project started: 01/01/2015 – to close on: 31/12/2017
Due to the growing number of vehicles on the road worldwide, and whose number is expected to double to 1.7 billion by 2035, road traffic accidents are currently recognized as a major public health problem, especially in Qatar. Indeed, recent statistics unveiled by the Qatar Statistics Authority (QAS) show a 30% rise in the total number of deceased and injured in traffic accidents in Qatar, between 2008 and 2011. In this context, intelligent transport systems (ITS), aka. connected vehicles, are considered as the key emerging technology to improve road and passenger safety, as well as traffic efficiency. Through the use of wireless technologies, ITS systems will enable vehicles to autonomously communicate with other nearby vehicles or road infrastructures and thus, will have the potential to accelerate the deployment of a wide range of road safety and driver assistive applications. However, connecting wireless-enabled vehicles to external entities can make ITS applications vulnerable to security threats and network conditions, and thus impacting the safety of passengers, vehicles and ultimately roads. Currently, there is still a lack of research addressing the development of ITS applications by considering safety, security and performance limitation threats to connected vehicles. This innovative project aims at establishing a long term and multidisciplinary R&D efforts between Qatari and US research centers and universities, with the objective of designing, deploying and evaluating an Adaptive ITS Framework for the dynamic adaptation of the security and performance features based on changes in the ITS applications needs and context. The proposed framework and security models will be integrated in a standard compliant ITS platform, and a set of active road safety applications will be demonstrated in Doha city through small scale deployments.