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IMPROVING THE SAFETY AND MOBILITY OF VULNERABLE ROAD USERS THROUGH ITS APPLICATIONS

Objective

In the past, Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) success has been achieved primarily though equipment of the vehicle and infrastructure. The focus of these ITS has been on clean, safe and efficient mobility for vehicles.

The Vulnerable Road User (VRU) has reaped fewer benefits of the ITS developments. While some projects have considered VRUs from a safety viewpoint, they often aimed to avoid or mitigate accidents with VRUs by equipping the vehicle and infrastructure. In the vehicle – infrastructure – human approach of ITS research, VRUs and their needs are not an active part of the “human” element in the ITS approach.

What is needed? The VRU must become an active, integrated element in the ITS, addressing safety, mobility and travel comfort needs of VRUs. The VRUITS project will develop an architecture for integrating the VRUs into the cooperative ITS.

VRUITS will recommend ITS that meet the needs of VRUs. Ex-ante and ex-post assessments will form input to these recommendations. Assessment methodologies will be modified to account for specific user behaviour of VRUs. Specifications for ITS applications will be developed, culled from focus group assessments per VRU group. VRUITS will recommend best practices to address HMI development for VRUs. Field trials in the Netherlands and Spain for a select number of applications will take place.

VRUITS will recommend which actions for the EC and for other stakeholders are necessary to deploy the systems which have positive effects, and mitigate possible negative effects.

VRUITS will fulfill the following objectives:

1. Assess societal impacts of selected ITS, and provide recommendations for policy and industry regarding ITS in order to improve the safety and mobility of VRUs;

2. Provide evidence-based recommended practices on how VRU can be integrated in Intelligent Transport Systems and on how HMI designs can be adapted to meet the needs of VRUs, and test these recommendations in field trials.

Field of science

  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/sustainable transport/intelligent transport system
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport

Call for proposal

FP7-TRANSPORT-2012-MOVE-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

TEKNOLOGIAN TUTKIMUSKESKUS VTT
Address
Tekniikantie 4 A
02044 VTT Espoo
Finland
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Sirkku Hoikkala (Mrs.)

Participants (11)

ECORYS NEDERLAND BV
Netherlands
Address
Watermanweg 44
3067 GG Rotterdam
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Dick Mans (Mr.)
FACTUM Chaloupka & Risser OHG
Austria
Address
Danhausergasse 6/4
1040 Wien
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Ralf Risser (Dr.)
LULEA TEKNISKA UNIVERSITET
Sweden
Address
Universitetsomradet Porson
971 87 Lulea
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Charlotta Johansson (Dr.)
FUNDACION CIDAUT
Spain
Address
Plaza Vicente Aleixandre Campos 2 Pq Tecnologico De Boecillo 209
47151 Valladolid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francisco Javier Nuñez Fernandez (Mr.)
SOCIEDAD IBERICA DE CONSTRUCCIONES ELECTRICAS SA
Spain
Address
Calle Sepulveda 6 Poligono Industrial Alcobendas
28108 Madrid
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cristina Beltran Ruiz (Ms.)
POLIS - PROMOTION OF OPERATIONAL LINKS WITH INTEGRATED SERVICES, ASSOCIATION INTERNATIONALE
Belgium
Address
Rue Du Trône 98
1050 Bruxelles
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Gabriela Barrera (Mrs.)
LOUGHBOROUGH UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Ashby Road
LE11 3TU Loughborough
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Christopher Malins (Dr.)
KITE SOLUTIONS SRL
Italy
Address
Contrada Costa 9
21034 Cocquio Trevisago Va
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Catherine Dunne (Ms.)
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands
Address
Anna Van Buerenplein 1
2595 DA Den Haag
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Martijn Van Noort (Dr.)
NXP SEMICONDUCTORS NETHERLANDS BV
Netherlands
Address
High Tech Campus 60
5656AG Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Peter Zegers (Mr.)
PEEK TRAFFIC B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Basicweg 16
3821 BR Amersfoort
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Siebe Turksma (Mr.)