On the 27th of September, CLASS project was presented to the attendees of the congress and displayed the prototype car. The event welcomed over 200 people and opened the Modena Smart Life 2018 Festival.
“Smart Roads, The Digital Revolution” took place in the Marzaglia Autodrome of Modena (Italy) and included debates, presentations, previews and demos, all in a public event to showcase the experimental activities and technology tests from MASA (Modena Automotive Smart Area) project.
CLASS exhibited the project’s prototype vehicle, equipped with state-of-the-art sensors to receive information in V2X (vehicle-to-everything) technology. The demo area of the event featured elements of the CLASS infrastructure, such as smart cameras for object detection, connected traffic lights and systems to detect the position of other vehicles.
The project’s principal investigator at UNIMORE, Marko Bertogna, Associate Professor and leader of the HiPeRT Lab, said: "As Michele Dell'Orco [secretary for the Ministry of Transport of Italy] pointed out in the conference, autonomous driving, safety and connectivity are key concepts to understand the future of mobility. The CLASS project focuses on one of these aspects: connected cars. For the first time, it has become clear that connected cars need a fog computing architecture — like the one that CLASS is developing within MASA testing area. This is the future of any Smart City.”
During the event, the Municipality of Modena, the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia (UNIMORE) and the Democenter Foundation signed an agreement to strengthen the MASA project. “The MASA project provides CLASS with the necessary city infrastructure and will convert the city of Modena into an open-air laboratory for the public and private mobility of the future,” said Bertogna.