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eVADER: Electric Vehicle Alert for Detection and Emergency Response

Objective

"Recent studies suggest that vehicles, driven in electric mode, either hybrid or pure electric vehicles, are considerably quiet and, thus, that they constitute a safety hazard for pedestrians and bicyclists in traffic. It is claimed that such vehicles are not acoustically perceived due to the power unit being exchanged from a combustion engine to electric motors; something that essentially cuts away all power unit noise and leaves tyre/road noise, the latter of which is the same as for similar-sized vehicles with combustion engines. Actions have been taken by the US and Japanese governments as well as within international bodies such as UN/ECE and ISO, with the expected outcome that ""minimum noise"" of vehicles shall be measured with a standard method and legal limit values for such ""minimum noise"" shall be established.

Recent findings reported in NHTSA Technical Report (September 2009) suggest that pedestrian and cyclist crashes involving both electric vehicle (EV) and Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) driven vehicles commonly occurred on roadways, in zones with low speed , with higher incidence rates for EV and Hybrid EV (HEV) or EV when compared with internal combustion driven vehicles (ICE). The study showed that for vehicles moving slowly or stopping, backing up or entering or leaving a parking place the HEV was about two times more likely to be involved in a pedestrian accident than ICE vehicles. Similar trend was also found for cyclists, particularly at intersections. Accordingly, special concern is given to noise at speeds below 20 km/h for which the problem is expected be the worst and where not enough data is available.

eVADER will investigate the interior and exterior sound scape of electric vehicle for safe operation, considering driver’s feedback, feasible pedestrian reactions, driver and pedestrian warning systems and pedestrian safety. The project will also analyse innovative methods to improve the acoustic detectatibility of electric vehicles in urban scenarios. The project will define solutions to warn vulnerable users of a nearby moving vehicle while providing means for heightening the awareness of drivers in critical situations.

The consortium holds the necessary expertise and technology to achieve the described goal. It will among others amend and integrate results form previous EU R&D actions in which its members have been active in such as InMAR, SEFA, ECOQUEST, Mid-Mod, MYMOSA, VERITAS, SPURT and APROSYS among others."

Call for proposal

FP7-SST-2011-RTD-1
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IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA
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L Albornar
43710 Santa Oliva
Spain
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 258 279,66
Administrative Contact
Victoria Domingo (Ms.)

Participants (11)

Österreichisches Forschungs- und Prüfzentrum Arsenal GmbH

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Austria
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Giefinggasse 2
1210 Vienna
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Research Organisations
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Michael Parik (Mr.)
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT
Germany
EU contribution
€ 193 639
Address
Karolinenplatz 5
64289 Darmstadt
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Lothar Kurtze (Dr.)
SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE NV
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 160 257
Address
Interleuvenlaan 68
3001 Leuven
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Herman Van Der Auweraer (Dr.)
AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 217 895
Address
Giefinggasse 4
1210 Wien
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Michael Parik (Mr.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 250 917
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
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Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Foort De Roo (Mr.)
INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON
France
EU contribution
€ 142 266
Address
20 Avenue Albert Einstein
69621 Villeurbanne Cedex
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Françoise Martin (Ms.)
Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 120 894
Address
Washington Road
SR53NS Sunderland
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Francisco Carranza (Mr.)
RENAULT SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 129 825,60
Address
Quai Le Gallo 13
92100 Boulogne Billancourt
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Guillaume Baudet (Mr.)
PSA AUTOMOBILES SA
France
EU contribution
€ 94 458
Address
2/10 Boulevard De L'europe
78300 Poissy
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frédérick Getton (Dr.)
CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE SAS
France
EU contribution
€ 170 041
Address
Avenue Paul Ourliac 1
31036 Toulouse
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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Serge Boverie (Dr.)
UNION EUROPEENNE DES AVEUGLES UEAASSOCIATION
France
EU contribution
€ 60 723,75
Address
Rue Gager Gabillot 6
75015 Paris
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Mokrane Boussaïd (Mr.)