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Safe Road Trains for the Environment; developing strategies and technologies to allow vehicle platoons to operate on normal public highways with significant environmental, safety and comfort benefits

Objective

The project aims to encourage a step change in personal transport usage through the development of environmental road trains (platoons).
Systems will be developed that will facilitate the safe adoption of road trains on un-modified public highways with full interaction with non-platoon vehicles. These systems will be developed as prototype systems.
A scheme will be developed whereby a lead vehicle (initially a commercial truck) with a professional driver will take responsibility for a platoon. Following vehicles will enter a semi-autonomous control mode that allows the driver of the following vehicle to undertake other activities that would normally be prohibited for reasons of safety; for example, operate a phone.
The programme will address the 3 cornerstones of transportation issues, environment, safety and congestion while at the same time encouraging driver acceptance through the increased “driver comfort”.
The programme is addressing a concept that as a whole will facilitate a step change in the use of private transportation. The consideration of how platoons interact with other non-platoon users is a critical facet of the programme. This programme has a significant element of research that is looking into this aspect and this will provide clear strategies that will be implemented in the prototype system.
A further unique element of the programme is the interaction between the lead vehicle and the following vehicles and how this can lead to a new business model for road use. I.e. following vehicles may be charged to join a platoon.
The introduction of platooning on normal roads with private vehicles will achieve environmental benefits (with an estimated 20% emissions reduction), safety benefits (reduction of accidents caused by driver action) and a reduction on congestion (smoother traffic flow with potential consequential increase in throughput).
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Coordinator

RICARDO CONSULTING ENGINEERS LIMITED

Address

Bridge Works
Bn43 5fg Shoreham By Sea

United Kingdom

Activity type

Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)

EU Contribution

€ 1 245 074

Administrative Contact

Richard Saady (Mr.)

Participants (7)

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FUNDACION ROBOTIKER

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 342 788

VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 551 430

RISE RESEARCH INSTITUTES OF SWEDEN AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 581 460

IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 263 200

FUNDACION TECNALIA RESEARCH & INNOVATION

Spain

RHEINISCH-WESTFAELISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE AACHEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 330 900

VOLVO PERSONVAGNAR AB

Sweden

EU Contribution

€ 522 277

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 233683

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 September 2009

  • End date

    31 October 2012

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 6 933 054

  • EU contribution

    € 3 837 129

Coordinated by:

RICARDO CONSULTING ENGINEERS LIMITED

United Kingdom