In Italy, a lot of things are really going to change. The cars of Italians are about to turn out to be smarter than ever thanks to this project that looks straight into the future.
The changes, especially in recent years, are the most important thing we expect from the automotive and everything that surrounds it. Also applies to the Mercury project, which has in mind the clear goal of making highways smart and increasing the safety services available for so-called smart cars. A new way of conceiving mobility that projects motorways into the future. Let’s find out who is the author.
Autostrade per l’Italia, the company that gave birth to Mercury
Autostrade per l’Italia and the Mercury project. Before dwelling on the same, however, let’s talk about the Italian company which was born as public property and was then privatized in 1999 and returned to shape again in 2003. It manages the motorway sections and their maintenance. In 2021 the company went public again after being controlled for a long time by the Benetton.
Returning to its past, in 1950 it was established by IRI with the aim of participating together with other industrial groups in the reconstruction of Italy after the Second World War. We can say that today the steps forward made have been gigantic, as indeed the latest gimmick of motorways for Italy also demonstrates.
Autostrade per l’Italia, Mercury project: what it is
Interconnection between vehicles and infrastructure. The Mercury project seems to be based on this, with the first Smart Roads becoming fully operational after a period of experimentation. Movyon – a company of the Aspi group – has created the communication system between vehicle and infrastructure that will allow provide information to users in real time: accidents, queues, vehicles stopped or in the wrong direction, presence of people or obstacles on the road, construction sites, weather and much more.
Something in which the cars play a very important role. Based on future developments in on-board car technology, cars could receive information to decide independently while driving what to do in each situation and offer the driver suggestions on services available along the way.
Therefore, the level of information we receive will depend on the technology we find in our cockpit. The first to raise the bar in this sense will be the vehicles of the Volkswagen group. The more cars that use this innovation, the more it will improve. The project has already been illustrated to the Minister for Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility.