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UDC (Urban Drive Control) aims to integrate urban traffic management policies with the individual's drivers interest by combining remote driving speed recommendations sent to the vehicle with the autonomous control of the car. The speed recommendations are sent via roadside beacons to the vehicles equipped with Autonomous Cruise Control (speed and distance control). Specially equipped vehicles will be tested in Torino. The following positive effects are expected: improved and harminised traffic flow, reduced journey time, increase in safety and driver confort and reduction of noise and pollution.

The URBAN DRIVE CONTROL project intends to integrate the environmental and city interests with that of the individual driver's interests by combining remote speed advise and driving speed recommendations with the autonomous longitudinal control of vehicles. It will provide for adaptations and improvements on the existing technology developed for speed and distance control on highways to perform also in urban areas. The objectives of this project are to specify, build and evaluate the integration of

- traffic management and vehicle longitudinal control: Short Range Communication (SRC) technology to transmit driving speed recommendations via road-side beacons to vehicles equipped with Autonomous Cruise Control (ACC) functionality.

After the analysis of user needs and scenario definition for UDC systems, four vehicles from different manufacturers will be prepared to run tests in the Torino City. System Architecture design and Evaluation activities will prepare the ground for further investigations in this and related applications to come to a comprehensive demonstration of this Advanced Telematics Transport Application as a follow-up.

Environmental awareness and traffic density demand on vehicles with reduced pollution and increased traffic efficiency. It is expected that intelligent vehicle control interacting with the city's traffic management systems will have positive effects on:

- improved traffic flow through city streets

- reduced journey times in the city

- harmonisation of traffic flow

- reduction of noise and pollution,

- reduction of collisions,

- increase of driver comfort and

- increased safety by assisting drivers in driving task and decreasing workload.

The economic and social impact of UDC systems will be remarkable for communities and technology development. The expected market for technology in the domain of active safety is enormous (with an envisaged penetration level comparable to anti-lock brake) and the autonomous longitudinal vehicle control combined with urban traffic management will have the potential for enhancing safety issues, throughput optimisation and environmental care.

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