Pilot project with Norwegian Public Roads Administration

E8 - Borealis

A pilot project in the Arctic.

The goal of Borealis is to establish an intelligent road improving traffic safety, environmental conditions / sustainability and predictability. The project will also help to shed light on the possibilities of establishing co-operative systems (C-ITS) with the aim of demonstrating level 4 for self-driving cars on parts of the E8.

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ITS Perception joins as Innovation partner in the E8 Borealis Pilot Project.

ITS Perception provides a system for detecting objects along or in the roadway. LiDAR sensors combined with a smart presentation system will give the road authorities new opportunities to monitor particularly exposed road sections and possibly notify road-users in the vicinity. By using artificial intelligence, the system can learn to recognize different objects such as e.g. vehicles, animals and soft road-users regardless of lighting conditions.

With the research and development programe Borealis, a 40-kilometre-long stretch of the E8 in Skibotndalen is becoming a national test laboratory for new technology. This is where the Norwegian Public Roads Administration (NPRA) tests and develops Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). ITS is an umbrella term covering technology and computer systems in the transport sector. In an ITS system, communication can flow from one vehicle to another, from the vehicle to the roadway or from the roadway to the vehicle.

Examples of ITS technology include real-time information about the weather, road surface conditions and traffic accidents, automatic scanning of the vehicle’s brakes, and warnings of wildlife or other obstacles on the roadway.

Demanding winter road

The E8 from Skibotn to Kilpisjärvi is one of five Norwegian road sections selected as pilots for the development and testing of ITS solutions in Norway. This road was selected for its socio-economic significance. It is a road with demanding winter conditions and a large share of heavy vehicles; 26 percent of all traffic. This share of heavy vehicles has increased by more than 70 percent since 2010.

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Cooperation with Finnish Transport Infrastructure Agency

The pilot project in Norway from Skibotn to Kilpisjärvi has been named Borealis. FTIA has a corresponding project named Aurora, for the roadway section running from Kilpisjärvi to Kolari. A three-year agreement for the Finnish-Norwegian cooperation project Aurora Borealis was signed in the Finnish city of Muonio in February of 2016.

 E8 - Aurora, the Arctic Intelligent transport test eco-system
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Testing Autonomous Driving in the Arctic

 The future of driving is being tested on E8 in Norway.

The platooning technology will provide long rows of vehicles with a responsible driver in the first truck. Much like a train without the need for rails. As a consequence - the so called autonomous future, the leading truck will also be self-driving.
ITS Perception is developing technology that is part of the intelligent road empowering the autonomous future of transport.  

A video from the platooning test is available here (news article in Norwegian); 



Succesful testing on E8 - Borealis!

Norwegian Public Roads Administration reports successful testing on the ITS test area in Skibotndalen, conducted March 2019.

Read the full article in Norwegian here.