A new website has been launched, dedicated to the first large-scale European Field operational (EuroFOT) tests of active safety systems. This large-scale project brings together a number of different organizations to test active safety systems across Europe in real traffic conditions, with real drivers.
Led by Ford, the euroFOT integrated project will establish a comprehensive, technical and socio-economic assessment program for evaluating how effectively such systems assist the driver in detecting hazards, preventing accidents and making driving more efficient. Evaluations will take place in real traffic conditions.
Over the course of one year, more than 1,500 cars and trucks equipped with a range of different intelligent technologies will be tested on European roads across France, Germany, Italy, and Sweden.
The project began in May this year and involves some 28 separate organizations, including car manufacturers, suppliers, universities, research institutes and other stakeholders.
In 2009-2010, all the formal and technical test requirements will be in place. The equipment will be installed in the vehicles with data loggers, varying from simple CANbus to complex video loggers, monitoring the drivers’ behavior and adaptation, vehicle dynamics and system acceptance in all traffic conditions. Subjective data will also be collected by means of questionnaires to get feedback from the driver on the system tested.
Once the trials have been completed, results from the analysis of the data will support the decision making process toward the deployment of mature ADAS systems for safer and more efficient road transport across Europe.
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