1,000 intelligent vehicles on test in Europe

1,000 intelligent vehicles on test in Europe

The large-scale European Field Operational Test on Active Safety Systems (euroFOT) is aDG Information Society & Media-funded researchprojectinvolving 28 organisations, including OEMs and suppliers, universities, research centres and other stakeholders.

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 be tested.

Beginning in 2010, no less than 1,000 vehicles from various European vehicle brands equipped with various intelligent in-vehicle systems will drive around Europe for approximately one year.

These intelligent vehicles will collect data that should deliver answers with regards to the impacts that these systems have on safety, efficiency and driver comfort.

The euroFOT project is expected to raise awareness and provide indications based on scientific data about real benefits of these existing intelligent in-vehicle systems. The results of the field test will also contribute to better and informed decision making.

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