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A study on: Benchmarking study on activities in promoting and deploying intelligent vehicle safety systems in the EU - SMART 2006/0050, Tender Specifications

Funded under: FP6-IST

Abstract

Modern society depends heavily on mobility and the need for transport of both people and goods is expected to grow further in the coming years. However, especially road transport causes major societal problems. These problems are the transport related pollution with a harmful impact on environment and public health, congestion leading to waste of time and energy, non efficient use of resources and last but not least accidents causing fatalities, injuries and material damage. The costs of accidents alone are estimated to be about 2% of the Community's GDP. Therefore action is needed to reduce the number and severity of accidents drastically.
Intelligent Vehicle systems can play a major role in providing solutions to the above mentioned problems by increasing road safety, the overall efficiency of the transport systems and contributing to a more rational use of energy. These systems can for example assist the driver to prevent or avoid accidents or mitigate their consequences, they can provide drivers with real time information about the road network avoiding congestion and they can optimise travel or engine performance improving overall energy efficiency. IVS address the interaction between the driver, the vehicle and the road environment in an integrated approach where the autonomous on-board systems are complemented with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure¿s co-operative technologies and improved traffic network management.
Within its i2010 initiative, adopted in 2005 to encourage the development of the digital economy and thus the use of ICTs, the Commission addresses key societal problems via so-called flagship initiatives. One of these flagship initiatives is the "Intelligent Car Initiative" (ICI) on smart, safe and clean transport, addressing environmental and safety issues due to increased road use.

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Record Number: 7394 / Last updated on: 2006-05-17
Category: SUPP