Project Title: Field Operational Tests of Aftermarket and Nomadic Devices in Vehicles
Duration: 54 months (02/06/2008 – 01/11/2012)
Description: TeleFOT project assessed the impacts of functions provided by aftermarket and nomadic devices in vehicles and raised wide awareness of their traffic safety potential.
The objectives of the TeleFOT project were to assess the impacts of functions provided by aftermarket and nomadic devices in vehicles and raise wide awareness of their traffic safety potential. These devices can provide different types of driver support functions and almost nothing is known about their safety and other impacts yet. The market penetration of portable navigators and smart phones is exploding today. The timing for the project was ideal. The functions to be tested covered two broad areas: Functions promoting (i) safe driving and (ii) economic and fuel-efficient driving. These are Speed information, Traffic information, Road weather information and “Green driving” support. The impacts were assessed on levels ranging from usability; behaviour and incidents; safety; Green Driving and efficiency; to the impacts on the transport system. Attention was also paid to possible negative impacts, since especially smart phones are not originally designed for vehicle use and navigators may have problems in fixing and positioning in the cockpit. The project also aimed at speeding up the penetration of systems able to "see" beyond drivers’ field of vision in conditions where good situation awareness is needed. TeleFOT provided opportunities to test the impacts of similar functions future cooperative systems would provide after their development challenges have been solved in the coming years. In fact, aftermarket and nomadic devices provide an alternative to some important cooperative driving and ADAS functions for many years ahead. The concept comprised of creating three European test communities: Northern, Central and Southern. About 3 000 drivers participate in the tests. The project had strong national support and no resources were needed for setting up the testing infrastructures. Business models were also studied. Owing to very different traffic behaviour and reactions to safety measures in Europe, it was necessary to have test communities spanning from south to north.
Objectives: The objectives of the TeleFOT project were to assess the impacts of functions provided by after-market and nomadic devices in vehicles and raise wide awareness of their traffic safety potential. These devices can provide different types of driver support functions, however, there is limited information with regard to their safety and other impacts.
HIT key role and responsibilities: HIT was the efficiency impact assessment WP leader and a small scale FOT test site. Additionally, HIT participated in the development of the test plans and the analysis of the FOT results as well as to their reporting.
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