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Transport innovator wins EC award

The winning project should help emergency vehicles.

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Tibor Petrov, a PhD student at University of Žilina, became one of 12 winners of an innovation award granted by the European Commission.

With his project that coordinates emergency vehicles with V2X communication, he was a winner at the European Transport Innovation Challenge 2017 competition in which 110 projects competed.

The aim of Petrov’s project is to use communication between vehicles themselves and vehicles and road infrastructure to enable two-way communication between emergency vehicles and other cars on roads. By providing relevant information collected from various databases, the project is expected to enable a quicker response time and more secure transit of emergency vehicles in event of an accident, the TASR newswire reported.

“Participation in the Transport Innovation Challenge 2017 and subsequently at the ITS Congress in Strasbourg helped me meet many experts in smart transport systems, experts working in standardisation organisations, and learn more about the current trends and applied research results in this field,” Petrov stated, as quoted by TASR.

Following the ITS Congress, he and the ERAChair team from University of Žilina are currently negotiating with the standardisation organisation IETF on the possibilities to create standards for communication in smart-vehicle networks, Petrov added.

Apart from Slovakia, innovators from Sweden, Romania, Germany, Italy, Switzerland, the Netherlands, France, and the United Kingdom also won awards.

The aim of the European Transport Innovation Challenge 2017 is to offer solutions to the transport sector by recognising talents and the commitment of innovators to support sustainable and smart transport in Europe, TASR wrote.

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