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EPICURE project launched to define an EGNOS integrity service for payment and liability-critical road applications

6th October 2020

FDC is proud to participate to the EPICURE project, expected to shape the future EGNOS integrity service for road insurance telematics.

Recent European studies identified the road sector among the most promising for EGNOS where the generated benefits were extensively proven particularly for the so labelled “liability-critical and payment-critical” applications. In such applications, where there is a charging or payment linked to a service contract which depends on the position information, relevant undetected non-availability or large errors can result into significant legal or economic consequences for the final users or the application provider.

For example, road insurance telematics applications, such as pay-as-you-drive (PAYD) and pay-how-you-drive (PHYD) insurances today widely adopted, are based on the position information measured through a device installed on board of the vehicle (OBU). In presently operational insurance telematics solutions, the devices make use of satellite navigation (GNSS) technologies integrated with additional sensors such as inertial sensors (gyroscopes and accelerometer) or odometer.

The “EGNOS service for Payment and liability Critical applications for Users in Road insurance” (EPICURE) project aims to define an integrity concept customised to road insurance applications associated to a new EGNOS service. The project looks at the 2021-2035 timeframe. Other “payment critical applications” such as road user charging are considered in the project, in the perspective of possible future evolutions.

Launched in July 2020 for 18 months, FDC will particularly be working on the analysis of user and service requirements.

EPICURE is financed by the European Commission under the H2020 framework programme for research and innovation. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is in charge of the technical supervision of the project on behalf of the European Commission.

The project is led by Thales Alenia Space and also involves and Université Gustave Eiffel.

Visit the official EPICURE webpage here.