Etsi connected tractor warns other road users of its presence

Etsi connected tractor on show this week

Standards body Etsi exhibited its first tractor connected wirelessly to a car at its Sophia Antipolis headquarters this week. The tractor sends a warning to road vehicles using a communications protocol standardised by Etsi.

Motorists are warned at a distance of 1km to avoid the collisions that frequently occur at day and night.

Every year, almost 400 fatal accidents are caused in Europe by farm vehicles that are not clearly visible on the road, especially in rural areas. Drivers are surprised by tractors travelling at much lower speeds than their car, and occupying the entire width of the road, which means the drivers cannot take evasive action or brake in time.

Constructors of farm machinery are trying to mitigate these risks by halving the number of fatal accidents by 2035.

The demonstration on show at Etsi is made up of a John Deere tractor and a communications platform from Sensivov. Both companies are Etsi members.

“The European Commission wanted to improve road safety between farm vehicles and other vehicles,” said Christophe Gossard, head of European regulatory affairs at John Deere. “John Deere responded to this demand by equipping its tractors with modems. But, more importantly, the different road-going vehicles and their means of communication had to be interoperable. So, it was only natural for us to join Etsi, the only European standardisation organisation with the necessary experience in these areas.”

The exhibit shows how the two vehicles communicate using visual and sound signals to give warning of their presence, thanks to the standard developed by Etsi’s OneM2M partnership project.

This was just one of the 11 demonstrations on show at Etsi’s annual IoT event, which features a week of conferences, workshops and demonstrations. This workshop has become a must for experts from all over the world, who come to share their points of view and discuss the numerous innovations that spring up every day.

“Etsi is renowned for its telecommunications standards, but since we started working on 5G and the internet of things, we have welcomed some new actors into our groups,” said Etsi’s director general Luis Jorge Romero. “They are from the worlds of agriculture, smart cities, ehealth and connected transport. Today, information and communication technologies include all the smart equipment that we find every day, both at home and at work.”

Etsi provides members with an open and inclusive environment to support the timely development, ratification and testing of globally applicable standards for ICT-enabled systems, applications and services across all sectors of industry and society. It is a not-for-profit body with more than 850 member organisations worldwide, drawn from 66 countries and five continents. Members comprise a diversified pool of large and small private companies, research entities, academia, government and public organisations.

Etsi is one of three bodies officially recognised by the EU as a European standards organisation.



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