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2005-2006 Work Programme

2.4.12 eSafety - Co-operative Systems for Road Transport


To develop and demonstrate Co-operative systems for road transport that will make transport more efficient and effective, safer and more environmentally friendly. Co-operative Systems (as an extension to autonomous or stand-alone systems), in which the vehicles communicate with each other and the infrastructure, have the potential to greatly increase the quality and reliability of information available about the vehicles, their location and the road environment, enabling improved and new services for the road users.

Such systems will enhance the support available to drivers and other road users and will provide for:

  • Greater transport efficiency by making better use of the capacity of the available infrastructure and by managing varying demands;
  • Increased safety by improving the quality and reliability of information used by advanced driver assistance systems and allowing the implementation of advanced safety applications.


  1. Research on advanced communications concepts, open interoperable and scalable system architectures that allow easy upgrading, advanced sensor infrastructure, dependable software, robust positioning technologies and their integration into intelligent co-operative systems that support a range of core functions in the areas of road and vehicle safety as well as traffic management and control. In addition to this, RTD activities on active safety systems insofar as they contribute to increased performance of integrated safety systems. Instruments: IPs, NoEs, STREPs.
  2. In support of the eSafety initiative 1 , and as a prerequisite for diagnosis and evaluation of the most promising active safety technologies:
    • research in consistent accident causation analysis to gain a detailed knowledge about the real backgrounds of European traffic accidents using existing data sources. Instruments: STREP;
    • research to assess the potential impact and socio-economic cost/benefit, up to 2020, of stand-alone and co-operative intelligent vehicle safety systems in Europe. Instruments: STREP;
    • actions which will sustain the work of the eSafety Forum 2 . Instruments: SSAs;
  3. Support for international co-operation, training of professionals and users, dissemination and improvement of the participation by SMEs. Instruments: SSAs.

The proposals shall indicate how vehicles equipped with such systems will be used across Europe and internationally and how the proposed activities relate to initiatives launched in some Member States and world-wide, especially activities in the USA, Japan and emerging economies. Consortia have to ensure the involvement of all stakeholders, such as road operators, road authorities, service providers, automotive industry, original equipments suppliers, systems integrators, and communications providers. Societal, organisational and institutional matters that are linked to the new generation of Co-operative Systems have also to be addressed.

See above.
Indicative budget:
IPs, NoEs: 60%; STREPs, SSAs: 40%
Call information:
IST Call 4

1 Commission Communication COM (2003) 542 final of 15 September 2003 "Information and Communications Technologies for Safe and Intelligent Vehicles"

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