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eVADER: Electric Vehicle Alert for Detection and Emergency Response

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 285095

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 933 281,68

  • EU contribution

    € 1 799 196

Coordinated by:

IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA

Spain

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."

Coordinator

IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA

Address

L Albornar
43710 Santa Oliva

Spain

Activity type

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

Austria

TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAT DARMSTADT

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 193 639

SIEMENS INDUSTRY SOFTWARE NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 160 257

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 217 895

NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 250 917

INSTITUT NATIONAL DES SCIENCES APPLIQUEES DE LYON

France

EU Contribution

€ 142 266

Nissan Motor Manufacturing (UK) Limited

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 120 894

RENAULT SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 129 825,60

PSA AUTOMOBILES SA

France

EU Contribution

€ 94 458

CONTINENTAL AUTOMOTIVE FRANCE SAS

France

EU Contribution

€ 170 041

UNION EUROPEENNE DES AVEUGLES UEAASSOCIATION

France

EU Contribution

€ 60 723,75

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 285095

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 October 2011

  • End date

    31 December 2014

Funded under:

FP7-TRANSPORT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 933 281,68

  • EU contribution

    € 1 799 196

Coordinated by:

IDIADA AUTOMOTIVE TECHNOLOGY SA

Spain