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

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

HIGHTS members are presenting 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

Coming Event

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


HIGHTS members are supporting the organization of the coming Workshop, WPNC'16. It shall be held on 19-20 October 2016 in Bremen 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

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


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


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