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euroFOT project to test more than 1,000 intelligent vehicles

Vehicle manufacturers, automotive suppliers, universities, research institutes and other stakeholders have joined forces in a ‘smart drive’ to test various intelligent in-vehicle systems across Europe. The large-scale European Field Operational Test on Active Safety Systems (euroFOT) is an EU DG Information Society & Media-funded research project involving 28 organizations in total. The ‘smart drive’ will test eight different hi-tech intelligent in-vehicle technologies on real roads, with real drivers.

Both lateral and longitudinal control systems will be tested: systems that give warnings to the driver on potential side- and front-end collisions. Other advanced in-vehicle systems such as Curve Speed Warning, Fuel Efficiency Adviser and the human-machine interaction with navigation systems will also be tested. The testing will begin in 2010, with over 1,000 vehicles, from various European vehicle brands, equipped with different intelligent in-vehicle systems, driving on roads across France, Germany, Italy and Sweden for approximately one year.

During the field testing, a multitude of different sensors and devices monitor every aspect of individual driver behavior in real-world traffic conditions. The euroFOT project is expected to raise awareness and provide indications, based on scientific data, about real benefits of the existing intelligent in-vehicle systems. The analysis of the data gathered with ordinary drivers is expected to highlight several crucial aspects of the intelligent vehicle systems. The project will mainly address the following research issues: What are the performance and capability of the systems?; How does the driver interact with, and react to, the systems?; What are the impacts on safety, efficiency, and the environment?

 

October 2, 2009

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