Quick Facts

High precision positioning
for cooperative ITS applications

Project Number and Programme:
636537 - H2020


Start Date:
1st May 2015

36 months



HIGHTS is a Europe-base research project supported by European Union under the funding scheme "Horizon 2020". Our theme is "Smart, Green and Integrated Transport" and our focus area is Cooperative ITS. The goal of the HIGHTS project is to achieve high precision positioning system with the accuracy of 25cm.



Cooperative intelligent transport system (C-ITS) applications rely on knowledge of the geographical positions of vehicles. Unfortunately, satellite-based positioning systems (e.g., GPS and Galileo) are unable to provide sufficiently accurate position information for many important applications and in certain challenging but common environments (e.g., urban canyons and tunnels).

In addition, Safety is a huge challenge for today’s road scenario and it will be even more challenging in the future, with the progressive introduction of Highly Automated Driving (HAD) applications such as Cooperative-ACC or Vulnerable Road Users (VRUs).



This project addresses these problems by combining traditional satellite systems with an innovative use of on-board sensing and infrastructure-based wireless communication technologies (e.g., Wi-Fi, ITS-G5, UWB tracking, Zigbee, Bluetooth, LTE...) to produce advanced, highly-accurate positioning technologies for C-ITS.

HIGHTS platform will be a key enabler to C-ACC and Platooning. In particular C-ACC and Platooning will provide smoother driving conditions, optimization of traffic flows and high precision lane detection for more efficient guidance in urban and highway environments.

Our platform will increase the safety level of vulnerable road users (motorcycles, scooters, pedestrians) through bi- directional danger detection and by detecting slight deviations from driving courses, thus detecting danger before it occurs.

The results will be integrated into the facilities layer of ETSI C-ITS architecture and will thereby become available for all C-ITS applications, including those targeting the challenging use cases Traffic Safety of Vulnerable Users and Autonomous Driving/platooning. The project will therefore go beyond ego- and infra-structure-based positioning by incorporating them as building blocks to develop an enhanced European-wide positioning service platform based on enhanced Local Dynamic Maps and built on open European standards.



HIGHTS outputs will be both scientific and technical aiming at research publications in top-tier journals and conferences in the subject areas related to the project, and respectively, also at practical real-system implementations proof of concepts applications and demo vehicles.

HIGHTS Deliverables

HIGHTS Conference papers

Coming Event

Transport Research Arena 2018, 16-19 April 2018 Vienna, Austria

We are pleased to announce that HIGHTS is presenting at TRA (Transport Research Arena) Vienna.

ITS cluster of H2020 projects, TIMON, ROADART and HIGHTS are jointly organizing a workshop on "real time ITS services toward a safer and more efficient road transport" during the event.

It is officially scheduled on 17th April starting at 9:00 am in a conference room "Galerie 5+6".

Come and learn the latest achievement of HIGHTS project and future deployment of the result.

Title Workshop on real time ITS services toward a safer and more efficient road transport
Event TRA Vienna 2018
Date 17 April
Time 09:00-12:30
Location Galerie 5+6
Organiser University of Deusto

Description: State of the art technologies for vehicle positioning and artificial intelligence for big data in transport, relying on C-ITS services. Panel discussion with TIMON, HIGHTS and ROADART H2020 projects.

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Past Event

IEEE 14th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communications WPNC’17, 25-26 October 2017 Bremen, Germany

Yes, we will do it again! This year's theme is "Mobility 4.0".

Important dates:

Paper Submission 30 June 2017
Notification of Acceptance 31 Aug 2017
Early-Bird Registration expires 15 Sep 2017
Camera Ready Submission 30 Sep 2017
WPNC Workshop 25-26 Oct 2017

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Past Event

25th The BMW Summer School on Connected Vehicles – Frontier in Machine Intelligence, July 9-14 2017, Bad Wörishofen Germany

HIGHTS Partner EUROCOM, jointly with BMW Group Research and Technology and Technische Universität München (TUM) organise the 2017 version of BMW Summer School on Connected Vehicles. Under the title Frontiers in Machine Intelligence, this year’s conference will be centered on Plenary presentations from executive-level speakers, a lean startup machine, technical expert presentations from industry and academia, moderated panel discussions and PhD poster presentations.

Topics of the 2017 BMW Summer School:

  • Advanced sensing and intelligent vehicle control
  • Computer vision, complex scene interpretation, motion prediction
  • Connectivity, cognitive cloud and machine learning at the edge
  • Neuromorphic systems
  • Learning strategies for personalisation and intelligent recommendations
  • IoT, the realtime business, intelligent service architecture, and realtime data analytics
  • Multi-Modal Interaction, Natural Language Understanding and Natural Language Generation
  • Realtime Context Interpretation
  • Data Privacy Protection, Privacy by Design, and Privacy Impact Assesment for Intelligent Systems
  • The event organizers are seeking multi-disciplinary interaction. Therefore, the contributors are from a broad number of fields such as software developers, engineers, psychologists, IoT evangelists, urban sociology and culture, urban development, business management / service management, multi-modal mobility, digital transformation experts, AI experts, and futurologists.
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    Past Event

    2017 Joint IEEE SPS and EURASIP Summer School on Signal Processing for 5G Wireless Access, May 29 – June 1 2017, Gothenburg Sweden

    HIGHTS Partner Chalmers University is organising the 2017 Joint IEEE SPS and EURASIP Summer School on Signal Processing for 5G Wireless Access, which belongs to the successful series of Seasonal Schools in Signal Processing (S3P). The event was established in 2010 and this edition is organized at Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden, during May 29 – June 1, 2017. The school is jointly organized by Chalmers University of Technology, Linköping University, University of Texas at Austin, Aalborg University, and University of Vigo.

    The event lasts 4 days. Each day starts with a Keynote Session then followed by 4 lecture sessions.

    Program (Preliminary):

    Day 1
    Keynote 1: Introduction to PHY Layer Techniques for 5G
    Session 1: Fundamentals of Massive MIMO I
    Session 2: Fundamentals of Massive MIMO II
    Session 3: Advanced SP for Massive MIMO I
    Session 4: Advanced SP for Massive MIMO II
    Day 2
    Keynote 2: 5G Millimeter Wave – Technologies and Trials
    Session 5: FDD Massive MIMO I
    Session 6: FDD Massive MIMO II
    Poster session
    Group social activity
    Day 3
    Keynote 3: mmWave communication for V2X
    Session 7: Fundamentals of mmWave Communication I
    Session 8: Fundamentals of mmWave Communication II
    Session 9: Compressed sensing for mmWave I
    Session 10: Compressed sensing for mmWave II
    Day 4
    Keynote 4: 5G for Things
    Session 11: Positioning using mmWave signals I
    Session 12: Positioning using mmWave signals II
    Session 13: Wireless access for massive Machine-Type Communication I
    Session 14: Wireless access for massive Machine-Type Communication II

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    Past Event

    HIGHTS Stakeholders Workshop'17, May 2nd 2017 Brussels, Belgium

    We are pleased to welcome you to the 1st HIGHTS Stakeholders Workshop'17. The event will be held at the EU central and beautiful city of Brussels, Belgium on May 2nd.

    During the Workshop, HIGHTS results that have been accumulated over last 2 years shall be exclusively disseminated and further collaboration between the HIGHTS members and Associated Members Group (AMG) will be discussed. HIGHTS AMG members, related ITS Project members, and EU Public Officers are officially invited to the event.

    Program (Preliminary):

    11:45 - 12:00 Reception
    12:00 - 12:10 Opening
    12:10 - 13:00 HIGHTS Overview and Possible Collaboration
    13:00 - 14:00 AMG Company Description
    14:00 - 14:30 Coffee Break
    14:30 - 15:30 Round Table Discussion
    15:30 - 16:00 Conclusion

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    Past Event

    IEEE 13th Workshop on Positioning, Navigation and Communications
    WPNC’16, 19-20 October 2016 Bremen, Germany


    HIGHTS members supported the organization of the coming Workshop, WPNC'16. It was held on 19-20 October 2016 at Jacobs University Bremen in Germany.

    Wireless location has plays a center role in research and businesses in the wider Wireless Communications area, as demonstrated by its ever increasing range of applications including logistics, traffic engineering, industrial production, retail, office and home automation, ambient assisted living, convenience, luxury, security and many more.

    In particular, major technological development efforts such as the Internet of Things, Cyber Physical Systems and more recently Connected Vehicles, are driving various advances in heterogeneous sensor data processing, fusion, energy efficient networking and cooperation, context awareness, highly automated information gathering and processing, privacy and security, etc., all of which benefit or require location.

    WPNC, the annual European event on Positioning and Navigation and energy efficient Communication, continues to provide an international platform for exchanging latest research results and inputs from the industry.

    Be part of the wireless ranging, positioning and energy efficient wireless networking revolution and submit your original contribution to WPNC 2016.

    Important dates:

    Paper Submission June 30, 2016
    July 21, 2016 (extended)
    Notification of the Acceptance Augst 31, 2016
    Camera-Ready Paper Submission September 30, 2016
    Workshop October 19-20, 2016


    Call for Papers (PDF)


    Past Event

    HIGHTS at 2016 ITS World Congress, 10-14 October 2016 Melbourne, Australia

    HIGHTS members presented at technical sessions of the ITS World Congress, which is the world’s largest event in intelligent transport systems.

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    2016 ITS Congress, Melbourne

    2016 ITS Congress, Melbourne

    Technical Session TP29:


    WEDNESDAY 12 OCTOBER 2016, 1100 – 1230 HOURS MEETING ROOM 208

    Automated Vehicles and Cooperative ITS

    EU-TP0503 "Geolocation accuracy improvement by means of shared C-ITS sensor information."
    Paul Spaanderman, PaulsConsultancy BV, The Netherlands

    Technical Session TP54:


    THURSDAY 13 OCTOBER 2016, 1100 – 1230 HOURS MEETING ROOM 216

    Vehicle Network and Safety

    EU-TP0173 "Enabling technologies for testing ADAS/HAD Roman Katz", Ibeo Automotive Systems GmbH, Germany

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    Past Event

    IEEE Workshop on Cooperative Communication and Positioning 19 June 2016 Göteborg, Sweden

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    The "IEEE Workshop on Cooperative Communication and Positioning 2016 (CCP'16)" was successflly held on June 19th 2016 at Göteborg in Sweden.

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    Past Event


    Screen Shot 2015-12-22 at 13.17.16

    HIGHTS is supporting the organization of 2nd International Workshop on Advanced PHY and MAC Techniques for Super Dense Wireless Networks (CROWD-Net). The workshop shall be held in conjunction with the Symposium of IEEE ICC 2016.

    The workshop and the symposium are scheduled on 23-27 May 2016 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

    This workshop aims to gather researchers, regulators, and users to present and debate advanced PHY and MAC techniques for coordinated or uncoordinated dense wireless networks, with the perspective of current cellular, M2M, and V2V standardisation activities in 3GPP, ETSI, IEEE and IETF.

    Important Dates:

    Paper Submission December 18, 2015
    Notification of the Acceptance February 21, 2016
    Camera-Ready Paper Submission March 13, 2016
    Workshop May 23-27, 2016


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    HIGHTS EU Project

    This project has received funding from the European Union‘s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 636537.