Tests carried out by Resilient Synthetic Vision for Advanced Control Tower Air Navigation Service Provision (RETINA) partners have shown that augmented reality could enhance air traffic control operations. The Single European Sky Air Traffic Management Research Joint Undertaking (SESAR JU) said that the initial results from a SESAR-funded exploratory research project showed how these technologies could have a positive impact, particularly in low-visibility conditions.
SESAR JU said the results confirmed the expected benefits regarding:
The first three batches of project validation exercises were completed in November in the Virtual Reality and Simulation Laboratory at the University of Bologna, Italy, according to SESAR JU. The test space mimicked the environment at the Bologna airport in Italy, where low-visibility conditions are regular. Goggles were tested that allow controllers to see 3-D symbols overlaid on the out-of-tower view. SESAR JU said they were validated by means of human-in-the-loop, real-time simulations — the view was provided in a reconfigurable virtual environment, capable of simulating any type of weather/visibility condition on any airport.
“The validation outcomes confirm that the technology is mature enough be tested in a real operational setting, thereby demonstrating the effectiveness of the SESAR lifecycle, from innovation to solution,” SESAR JU said.
RETINA partners include: CRIDA, ENAV, Eurocontrol, Luciad and University of Bologna as the project coordinator.