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Vehicle-to-vulnerable road user cooperative communication and sensing technologies to improve transport safety

Objective

The WATCH-OVER project aims to address the number of accidents involving road vulnerable users such as pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists. This topic falls within the more general road safety problem that has been dealt with in the EC White Paper on EU transport policy for 2010, stating the ambitious goal of reducing road deaths by 50% in the next 5 years.

The project will carry out RandD activities with the scope to design and develop a cooperative system for the prevention of accidents involving vulnerable road users in urban and extra-urban areas. According in fact to IST strategic objective 2.4.12 To develop and demonstrate Co-operative systems for road transport that will make transport more efficient and effective, safer and more environmentally friendly, the system concept will be based on interaction between an in-vehicle module and users devices. It foresees the development of a cooperative system integrating low cost communication technologies, as an extension to autonomous sensor based systems, in combination, if feasible, with localization technologies, in order to increase the performances needed to cover the most critical situations.

The main objectives of WATCH-OVER are:
- to identify specific road scenarios;
- to select and to adapt the most suitable communication and sensing technologies for them;
- to integrate above technologies in the demonstrator;
- to technically validate in terms of user acceptance the system on the test bed.

Main innovation aspect will be represented by:
- the selection, the HW/SW adaptation and the integration of short range communication and sensing technologies for the detection and positioning of vulnerable road user relatively to the vehicle;
- the development of algorithms for the localization of the vulnerable road users module and for properly warning the driver about possible dangers;
- the development of a low cost and high efficiency cooperative system.

Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

CENTRO RICERCHE FIAT - SOCIETA' CONSORTILE PER AZIONI
Address
Strada Torino 50
Orbassano (To)
Italy

Participants (12)

AUSTRIAN RESEARCH CENTERS GMBH - ARC
Austria
Address
Donau-city-strasse 1
Wien
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece
Address
6Th Km Charilaou-thermi Road
Thermi-thessaloniki
DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG
Germany
Address
Epplestrasse 225
70567 Stuttgart
FABER SOFTWARE SRL
Italy
Address
Via Avogadro 19
10100 Torino
LOGICACMG NEDERLAND B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Prof. W. H. Keesomlaan 14
1183DJ Amstelveen
MIRA LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
Watling Street
CV10 0TU Nuneaton Warwickshire
PIAGGIO & C S.P.A.
Italy
Address
Viale Rinaldo Piaggio 25
56025 Pontedera
ROBERT BOSCH GMBH
Germany
Address
Robert-bosch Platz 1
106050 Gerlingen-schillerhoehe
STEINBEIS STIFTUNG FUR TECHNOLOGIE TRANSFER
Germany
Address
Willi-bleicher-strasse 19
70174 Stuttgart
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET CHEMNITZ
Germany
Address
Strasse Der Nationen 62
Chemnitz
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA
Italy
Address
Via Universita 4
Modena
UNIVERSITAET STUTTGART