AIthena project at ROSCon DE 2023

The word ”Connected” within Connected Cooperative and Automated Mobility (CCAM) underlines the necessity of connecting various entities within an entire Intelligent Transportation System (ITS). The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is therefore attempting to standardize communication between the various stakeholders in ITS.

On the other hand, the Robot Operating System (ROS) is widely used in CCAM research and development.

As part of the research projects AIthena, 6GEM and autoTECHagil, ika has published a ROS package stack called etsi_its_messages (, that allows to use the standardized ETSI ITS messages in ROS systems.

The developed and published tools were presented by Guido Küppers (ika) at the German ROS developer conference ROSCon DE in Karlsruhe on 24th of November 2023.

ROSCon DE 2023

Video credit @ika

You can see a series production vehicle (in this case a VW ID.3) that already communicates using the ETSI ITS Standards. Using our toolchain, we’re able to receive, process and visualize this information using ROS.

More about the conference at ROSCon DE 2023 (