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Advanced measures to reduce cyclists' fatalities and increase comfort in the interaction with motorised vehicles

Advanced measures to reduce cyclists' fatalities and increase comfort in the interaction with motorised vehicles

Objective

Cyclists suffer a disproportionate share of serious injuries and fatalities, and indeed in recent years that disadvantage has been growing. At the same time they often are not treated equally by traffic systems (e.g. traffic signals frequently fail to register their approach or presence). XCYCLE has the aim of developing the means to equalise the treatment of cyclists in traffic and thus both encourage cycling and make cycling safer. XCYCLE will develop: technologies aimed at improving active and passive detection of cyclists; systems informing both drivers and cyclists of a hazard at junctions; effective methods of presenting information in vehicles and on-site; cooperation systems aimed at reducing collisions with cyclists. Two relevant use cases would be bicycle interaction with large vehicles and cars at intersections and the provision of an immediate or extended green traffic light for cyclists approaching traffic signals. An in-vehicle detection system and a system of threat mitigation and risk avoidance by traffic signals will be developed. The components developed and built up will be systematically integrated, implemented and verified. A new large-scale research infrastructure in the city of Braunschweig (DE) and a second test mobile platform will be used as test site. A demo bicycle with a cooperative technology will be developed and tested as well. A user-centred approach will be adopted. Behavioural evaluation will part of the whole process: attentional responses using eye tracking data; evaluation of human-machine interface; acceptance and willingness to pay. In the Cost-Benefit Analysis behavioural changes will be translated into estimated crashes and casualties saved per system. The project will contribute to innovative and efficient advanced safety measures to reduce the number of accidents, often of high severity, involving cyclists in interaction with motorised vehicles.
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Coordinator

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Address

Via Zamboni 33
40126 Bologna

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 836 396

Participants (8)

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UNIVERSITY OF LEEDS

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 785 073

VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 611 800

DLR

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 605 781

RIJKSUNIVERSITEIT GRONINGEN

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 350 625

STATENS VAG- OCH TRANSPORTFORSKNINGSINSTITUT

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 499 250

DYNNIQ NEDERLAND BV

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 347 187

KITE SOLUTIONS SRL

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 341 875

JENOPTIK ROBOT GMBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 631 343

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 635975

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 June 2015

  • End date

    30 November 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.4.

  • Overall budget:

    € 5 009 332,50

  • EU contribution

    € 5 009 330

Coordinated by:

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - UNIVERSITA DI BOLOGNA

Italy